How to get rid of mould on clothes
What causes mould stains on clothes?
Mould growth on clothes is caused by prolonged exposure to damp. Usually, mould growth occurs when you leave a wet item of clothing scrunched up without properly drying for too long. However, mould stained clothing can also be a sign of an underlying damp problem in your home.
If your clothes are gathering mould stains even when they are hung up in your wardrobe, then you probably lack sufficient ventilation and may have a damp issue that needs treating, or your clothes will continue to become stained no matter how much you clean them.
How to remove mould from clothes
Mould stains on clothes can be tough to remove and can smell dreadful. However, it’s also important that you clean your clothes the correct way so that you don’t damage them:
How to pre-treat your clothing
For tough mould and mildew stains, you may need to do some pre-treatment on your clothing before putting them in the washing machine.
- Spray the affected area with your chosen stain remover
- Wait 30 minutes for stain remover to take affect
- Use a toothbrush to gently scrub at the mould stain if the material is tough (like cotton or denim)
- Discard the toothbrush as soon as you’re finished
How to get rid of mould on clothes using bleach
A bleach and water solution can be very effective at killing mould, however, if you are considering using bleach then we recommend only doing so on white clothing, as discolouration and fading can occur in darker colours.
Bleach is an incredibly strong chemical and you should only use bleach that is adapted for laundry purposes when removing mould from clothes. Always ensure that you are wearing rubber gloves when handling bleach and use in a well ventilated room.
For delicate materials, pre-soak your clothes with bleach:
- Use a weak bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 4 parts cool water
- Allow to soak for 15 minutes
- Remove and rinse thoroughly before hanging out to dry
For tougher clothing, you can add bleach to your wash cycle:
- Ensure that you never apply bleach directly to clothing
- Use the same amount of detergent as normal
- Set your washing machine as hot as possible without damaging your clothes
- Wait for the cycle to begin and add the amount of bleach suggested on the instructions to the dispenser as the water fills the drum
- When finished, leave your clothes hanging out to dry
Hot water is better than cold for killing mould
As a general rule, the hotter the water you clean your clothes with, the more effective it will be at killing mould and removing mould spores. However, it’s important that you check the label of your clothing first to ensure that you aren’t using water that is so hot it will damage your clothes.
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