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How to get mould out of clothes??

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BCLass Fri 05-Jun-09 23:25:26

A vest and some trousers of DDs (blue cotton jersey) accidentally got left damp and now have black mould spots on them. Have scrubbed with bio and washed on an intensive cycle with more Bio, but no good!

Is there any way to get this out? Any product I can use?

Am pretty hopeless with this sort of thing.


FluffyBunnyGoneBad Fri 05-Jun-09 23:27:00

I don't think you can. Mould is a spore, like a fungus. I'd throw them to be honest.

BCLass Fri 05-Jun-09 23:29:31

Nooooooo! I don't want to throw them - they are lovely organic cotton! I have f**ked them haven't I? sad

GlastonburyGoddess Fri 05-Jun-09 23:30:13

think its flash, may be a different brand(sorry not much help) do a mould and mildew remover, designed i think more for bathrooms etc. i bought it in desperation after leaving my maclaren in the shed and after trying EVERYTHING else suggested, now my buggy looks as good as new!

just spray a little on and leave for a bit, then wash, repeat if necessary, its fab stuff and it didnt stain the buggy fabric at all. sorry i cant remember the brand but its green liquid inside a spray bottle.

jasper Sat 06-Jun-09 00:13:25

soak it in a basin of water with some penicillin dissolved in

KiwiKat Sat 06-Jun-09 00:37:40

I had a bad mould problem on our curtains, and soaked them in 1 part bleach to 4 parts water. Worked a treat, but may be too harsh for your clothes.

dittany Sat 06-Jun-09 00:41:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

jasper Sat 06-Jun-09 00:47:33

I was kidding

SOLOisMeredithGrey Sat 06-Jun-09 01:23:54

LOL@ jasper! I believed you then!

jasper Sat 06-Jun-09 01:57:23

I half believed myself!
Worth a try? grin

kitkat9 Sat 06-Jun-09 12:55:40

what GG said - I did this too with my buggy - sprayed it onto wet seat padding, left it to soak for a while and washed in the machine - think I used Dettol Mould and Mildew removal spray. It came up perfectly.

I had previously soaked it in white vinegar, btw but it didn't work.

With organic cotton, I would test a bit first just to make sure - however, the clothes are ruined anyway even if the spray doesn't work, iyswim...

BCLass Sat 06-Jun-09 20:29:00

thanks all - will blitz with dettol mould & mildew - I have nothing to lose!

Pannacotta Sat 06-Jun-09 21:27:20

If you cant get rid of the marks you coudl always dye the clothes a dark colour, dark blue/purple maybe?
Better than binning them since they are good quality.

nappyaddict Sun 05-Aug-12 00:49:56

I know this is an old thread but just thought I'd say Pannacotta what a brilliant idea. I was just about to chuck one of my favourite shirts of DS cos it got left at the bottom of the wash basket when I thought I'd emptied it and went mouldy. I can just dye it another colour!!

Am going to try bleach and mould and mildew remover first though. I have heard borax works too.

nappyaddict Sun 05-Aug-12 00:52:31

I wonder if Nappisan or Milton might work?

GranToAirMissiles Sun 05-Aug-12 01:08:47

IME you have to persevere with these things - try lots of different treatments, and lots of hanging out in the fresh air and (fingers crossed) sun. Putting in the freezer overnight might help, too.

lizziebach Sun 05-Aug-12 13:08:49

Use bleach on mould and mildew and dry outside if possible as the sunlight will bleach them further, dont let them dry until you have got the mark out sufficiently as once they have dried they wont come out not matter what. I recently had mould on some bedsheets (didnt do a mainanence wash on my washing machine for far too long) and it took five washes with lots of soaking in bleach to get the stain out before I would let it dry. It did come out but it didnt look like it was going to at first. So if after the first wash with bleach its not gone I'd try again.

nappyaddict Sun 05-Aug-12 17:15:55

Thanks smile

butlerj Wed 09-Dec-15 21:59:13

Major problem. I have a t-shirt that has been signed by my idol and over the years it has gotten mouldy. I've managed to get mould out of clothes before, but the autograph will run if I put it through the machine. Any tips at all?

Homeization Sat 24-Mar-18 07:11:56

There are many ways of removing mildew and molds from clothing. Here are some of the general solutions that have been proven to work;

Check the care tags first
Manufacturers issue instructions on the right method of cleaning a garment, and therefore it is advisable to check the garment care tag first. Check the favorable water temperature to find out the most suitable wash cycle to use on your fabric.

Using a toothbrush, scrub away the mold
You can pre-treat the stained area by scrubbing away the stain using a clean toothbrush and any of the solutions below. Remember, you will still need to launder your fabric to kill mold spores.

Clean using very hot water
The best way to kill mold spores is by using hot water. With organic fabrics and cotton, you should wash them at quite a high temperature but ensure you don’t damage the fabric.

After washing your clothes in hot water, allow them to dry in the sun.

If this method doesn’t eliminate the mold on your fabric, you might have to try tougher methods to remove it completely. Here are several options for you;

1. Washing with Bleach
A popular way to remove mold from fabric and clothes is by washing them with bleach. Add a cup of bleach to your washing machine when washing clothes with stains. Ensure to check the directions on the label and also check the care tags on the garment to see if there is a breach warning. You can do a spot test to know whether the bleach will damage or discolor your fabric or not.

2. Using Borax to remove mold from clothes
Put a cup of borax in hot water to ensure it dissolves before putting the solution in the washing machine.

3. Use of Vinegar
Vinegar is another effective way of getting rid of mold from clothing. It can kill close to 82 percent of all mold species. That explains why it remain a popular method of removing mold from fabric.

How to remove mold from clothes using vinegar- add two cups of white vinegar to your washing machine while washing moldy fabric. Repeat this process if mold persists.

4. Use a mold killing detergent
There are many washing detergents that have been specially designed to clean clothes with mold. You can use them to clean your clothing as well. The two popular ones are Clorox and Oxiclean.

5. Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning is an effective method of removing mold from cloths. The heat produced during washing process is capable of killing most of the mold spores.

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