Products to Remove Mould on Clothes
Here are three solutions that have all proven effective at removing mould from fabric:
A very strong chemical, bleach can be very effective at killing mould and removing mildew stains. However, it will also fade any colours, so use bleach only on whites, or test your garment first on an inconspicuous part of your clothing (such as the inside hem) to make sure it’s colour fast. Buying a commercial bleaching detergent saves you from having to mix your own bleach and water solution; but if you do decide to dilute your own neat bleach, follow the instructions on the label of your chosen product to get the concentration right.
If your clothes are colourfast, you can pre-soak the mouldy clothing for a few hours in a solution of bleach, mixed according to the instructions on the label. Alternatively, follow the instructions to add the bleach to your washing machine and launder as normal. When using bleach, be sure to wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area away from any children, as the fumes can be quite strong.
2. White Distilled Vinegar
Followed up with a quality laundry detergent (like Persil Bio Caps), vinegar is an excellent mild mould-killer, which also removes mildew smells from your clothing. Mix one cup of white vinegar in a bucket of water, and pre-soak the clothing for at least an hour. Then launder in your washing machine at the hottest temperature possible with your regular Persil detergent. Alternatively, you can directly add 250 ml of vinegar to your washing machine per cycle and wash as normal. It is essential that you do not mix vinegar with any product that contains bleach, however, as this can create a toxic gas.
This water-soluble mineral is also a natural mould-killer, which you can buy as a detergent or in powder form. If you get it as a powder, mix with water as per the instructions on the label. Then add the solution directly into the drum of your washing machine, and launder the clothes as normal.
There’s no need to despair when you discover that mouldy sock behind your bed: these easy tips will help you remove mould and mildew from fabrics, keeping your clothing looking and smelling fresh.
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