Nothing worse than taking an outfit that you haven’t worn in a while and it’s moldy out of the closet, isn’t it? But don’t worry, the piece isn’t lost! In this post, we will teach you easy ways to remove mold from clothes and give tips to avoid this problem at home.
Causes of mold on clothes
Fungi that generate mold and mildew can appear on clothing when there is excessive moisture in the environment or on the garment itself. Humid and dark environments are ideal for this reproduction.
Clothing with mold.
Some factors can aggravate this humidity and lead to the proliferation of mold on clothes, such as the wardrobe and/or the poorly ventilated environment. Poor ventilation, added to the lack of direct natural light, generates overly humid spaces, making it the perfect place for molds to grow.
Keeping clothes still wet and even a little damp can also generate mold in the garments.
How to prevent the spread of mold on clothes
To prevent your clothes from becoming moldy, it is necessary to take some care with the pieces and also with the environment in which they are stored, such as:
- Do not leave wet clothes, after washing, in the washing machine: as soon as the process is finished, spread the items or place them in the dryer;
- Dry clothes in a ventilated place with sunlight, or in a dryer, until they are completely dry;
- Do not keep items of clothing damp;
- Leave the wardrobe doors open for a few hours a day, or at least once a week (even better on sunny days);
- Organize and clean the wardrobe once a month;
- If possible, leave a space of 2 cm between the furniture and the wall;
- Keep clothes you don’t wear much (from the previous season, for example) in vacuum bags.
Difference between mold and mildew on clothes
Mold and mildew are fungi that proliferate on fabrics when kept moist and with poor ventilation and lighting. But what is the difference between them?
Clothing with mold.
Mold is a grayish relief that can easily be removed with a dry brush or cloth, for example, as it is not embedded in the fabric.
Mold, on the other hand, is black dots in the fabric’s fiber, which can damage the material, so it is more difficult to remove.
How to remove mold from clothes
Removing mold from clothing can be easier than it sounds. There are several homemade recipes, with products you have at home, with which you can remove fungus from white, colorful and delicate clothes.
How to remove mold from clothing.
Here we will show you some ingredients and how they should be used to remove mold from clothes.
Vinegar is a great homemade bleach, as it can be used to clean almost anything at home, including removing mold from clothes.
The white vinegar and water solution is ideal for removing mold from colored and dark pieces, which run the risk of fading in contact with bleach.
To do this, just put 1 cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water in a bucket. Soak the clothes in the solution for an hour. Then wash it as usual and let it dry.
Baking soda is a very strong product, therefore, it is indicated for stains that are difficult to remove and also for light clothes.
Place in a container 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1 liter of water, preferably hot. Let moldy clothing soak in the mixture for 30 minutes. Then wash it and let it dry.
Lemon juice, due to its acidity, works as an efficient natural bleach. However, it can be corrosive, so it is only suitable for more resistant fabrics, such as jeans.
Squeeze out the lemon juice, place it over the moldy stain and let it dry. Then wash the piece as usual.
Tip for a mold-free closet
Mold-free airy wardrobe.
In addition to keeping the room and cabinet ventilated, a good tip to prevent mold and mildew is always to have mildew in the cabinet and remember to change it once a month. Thus, the wardrobe will remain dry, making it difficult for fungus to grow.
How to remove mold from the closet
It can happen that, after a certain time with the cabinet closed, in a humid environment, mold appears on the furniture. Knowing how to remove it is essential, in order to protect both the furniture and the clothes and elements inside it.
When you notice that there is mold in the wardrobe, the first thing to do is remove everything inside, clean it with a cloth with alcohol or anti-mildew product and leave the cabinet empty and open for as long as possible.
Sachets to prevent mold in the cupboard.
To remove moisture from inside the wardrobe, place a pot of baking soda, lime or plaster, and change it every 4 to 6 months.
Placing clove sachets inside the drawer is also a classic way to avoid the proliferation of mold inside the furniture.
This helps the furniture dry and prevents mold growth. After cleaning, and putting the clothes back in their place, don’t forget to leave the closet open a few times a week, this tip is very important to keep the furniture clean, dry and free from mold.