Fungus and Mould Making Your Clothes Smelly? Here’s What to Do!

Here is a step-by-step guide that tells you what to do to keep your clothes smelling fresh!


If you let clothes stay damp for long, they will begin to smell musty and unpleasant. This is due to body odour and mildew building up on your clothes, resulting in the growth of fungus and mould.

Here are a couple of tips that will help get rid of this growth from your clothes and in turn, keep your garments clean and smelling fresh.

To prevent fungus and mould from developing on your clothes, always dry them under direct sunlight before storing them in your cupboard.

1) Use Vinegar

You can use vinegar to remove the musty smell and mould. Add 5 tbsp. of vinegar to ½ a bucket of warm water. Soak your garments in the bucket for 20 minutes. Vinegar masks the trapped odour from your clothes. Wash the garments as you normally would. Your clothes will be clean and smell fresh as well.

2) Use Baking Soda and Vinegar

Another way to remove fungus and mould is by combining baking soda and vinegar. Simply create a mixture comprising ½ a cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Add this mixture to a bucket of warm water and soak your garments in it for 20 minutes, then wash.

3) Use Detergent

If you leave your damp workout clothes in your bag, body odour and mildew build-up can make them difficult to clean during a regular wash. Add 1 cup of liquid detergent to a bucket of warm water. Any detergent that has oxygen bleach can work too. Soak your clothes in this solution for 15 minutes. Remove and squeeze dry. Then wash as you normally would in your washing machine.

There you go! It’s that simple!

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