How to remove mildew from a fabric?
Clothing still wet, closet too damp, improper storage, several possible causes of mold stains and damp stains on fabrics.
You have to act quickly to prevent the mold from becoming more embedded in the fabric. Here are some tips and tricks for removing mold from clothing.
1. Remove mold from fabrics with baking soda
Clothing or other fabrics, here is how to remove mildew stains naturally with baking soda:
- Form a paste by mixing baking soda and water (neither too firm nor too runny).
- Gently apply and rub the cleaning paste directly onto the mold and leave for 20 minutes.
- Scrub again with a brush or dry cloth and rinse the fabric.
If it is clothing or other fabrics that can be washed in the washing machine, then finish with a normal machine wash.
2. Grandma’s recipe for removing mold stains from fabric
If the baking soda trick doesn’t get all the mold off your clothes, then this other grandma’s recipe will be even more effective.
Here are the steps to do:
- Mix in a bowl 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of white vinegar.
- Add 1/3 cup of lemon juice to the solution and soak the mold stain.
- Place the garment or fabric preferably in the sun, leave to act for 30 minutes.
- Gently rub the garment with a slightly damp cloth and finish with a machine wash.
3. Spot a mildew-stained garment with lemon juice
Another natural trick to get rid of mold and damp stains on clothes is lemon juice!
Super easy to do:
- Mix a little table salt with lemon juice and form a “sort” of paste.
- Apply the mixture directly to the moldy stain and let sit and dry completely.
- Place the garment in the machine and wash on the cycle suitable for the garment.
This salt and lemon juice trick is only effective on cotton and polyester clothing and fabrics.
4. Easily remove a mold stain with hydrogen peroxide
Another thing that I tested and that works very well to remove a mildew stain, but also yellowish stains on fabrics is hydrogen peroxide.
Here’s how to do this anti-stain tip:
- Dampen a cloth with hydrogen peroxide and gently dab the mold stain.
- Rinse and dab again with a cloth and water and finish in the washing machine.
It’s important to be careful with this trick, as hydrogen peroxide may discolor some fabrics and colors of clothing. So be sure to dab only the stain without extending too far onto the garment.
5. Dry your clothes outside in the sun
A great trick to avoid mold stains on clothes is the sun! So, when the weather allows it, I recommend that you dry your clothes in the sun.
Whether on the clothesline or on a clothes rack placed directly on the balcony, the sun will help prevent this type of stain.
The sun is great for naturally drying white clothes!
In addition to helping against mildew stains, the sun also helps against yellow stains on white clothes. So don’t hesitate to hang your white laundry on the line when it’s hot and sunny.
Finally, I suggest you discover some tips and practical advice to prevent mold stains on clothes.
- Empty laundry quickly: It is important to empty the laundry quickly once the wash is finished in the washing machine. The longer the laundry stays damp in the machine, the greater the risk of getting damp spots and mold on the clothes.
- Dry clothes quickly: Whether indoors on a clothes rack, in the dryer or on the clothesline outside, it is important to dry clothes quickly. Make sure they are completely dry before storing them.
- Watch out for the dirty laundry basket: Whether it’s the basket in the bathroom for dirty towels or the laundry basket in the bedroom, it is important to empty it regularly to avoid damp stains.
- Air out clothes: A poorly ventilated closet or chest of drawers can cause stale odors, but can also be the cause of damp and mildew stains on clothes.