How to Get a Musty Smell out of Clothes
- Check how much detergent and fabric conditioner you are using. Excess detergent won’t rinse away properly and can remain trapped in the fabric, encouraging waterlogging and mould growth. Wash your clothes in a clean washing machine as hot as their instructions allow, with slightly less than the regular amount of soap. If possible, hang up outside or in a dry room where air can circulate.
- If you’d rather not do the entire wash again, try just airing your clothes outdoors in the sun. Often the combination of sunlight and constant breeze will be enough to lift the mildew smell.
If that is insufficient, and you are still wondering how to remove the musty smell from clothes, there are several direct treatments you can try:
- Try adding one cup of vinegar to your wash. Vinegar is a natural astringent and disinfectant and should deal with any mould or mildew in the fabric.
- Soak the clothes in a solution of water and either laundry detergent such as Surf Sensations, oxygen bleach, or a specialist stain remover product. Make sure to read and follow the directions on the label.
- Add a fabric conditioner such as Comfort Intense to your wash for longer lasting fragrance on your clothes.
- Run a normal wash, as hot as the care label advises, with oxygen bleach. Be sure to follow the directions on the label of any product, and read the advice on the care label of each garment before washing.
- Use a commercial product designed to remove odours from fabric. Soak or add to wash according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then wash and air dry as normal.
If you’ve been wondering how to get musty smell out of clothes, this selection of natural and commercial methods offers solutions for all types of fabric. Just remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and to test products on a small and inconspicuous area first. Happy washing!