Mold thrives in places of high humidity and warmth.
So what can be done about it? Found some useful tips that also work with cigarette and urine odors...
Mold can be found in some of the oddest places because it has the ability to thrive almost anywhere as long as it has the following two things:
In the proper conditions, mold can spread or 'colonize' in a matter of 24-48 hours after getting wet.
Mold Grows on Clothing
As mentioned above, clothing is the perfect place for mold growth. If you happen to find mold on an article of clothing - hopefully its been caught quickly - there are a few ways to go about removing it.
Remember timing is of the essence when dealing with mold growth because the longer mold stays on the fabric, the worse it will smell and the more time it has to weaken and eventually rot your clothes.
Here are a couple of ways you can easily, safely, and quickly remove mold that is growing on clothing and get rid of the musty, moldy smell at the same time.
and its smell. Vinegar used in combination with lemon is very useful and effective in removing the ‘moldy' smell from clothes. Add 3/4 cup white vinegar to a load of wash.
The vinegar will remove any moldy smell from clothing. Repeat this process until all traces of mold and its smell are gone. Use detergent with orange scent afterwards to thoroughly clean your clothes.
What's so interesting about this process is that vinegar itself is made through fermentation with the help of a certain type of mold.
II. Old Fashion Cleaning
- Brush off loose mold growth
Take all clothing that have mold or have been exposed to mold, outside and one by one, brush off any loose mold growth. By doing this outside you prevent mold spores from spreading inside the house.
- Set it out in the sun to dry After brushing, leave the clothing out in the sun to dry. The heat and sun will kill whatever is left of the mold in your clothes.
Presoak remaining clothes that have stains in cold water, then wash in hot water with detergent. Allow the clothing to dry completely in the sun.
- Sponge MOLD stain with bleach
If the mold stains persist, sponge the contaminated area with diluted chlorine bleach, you can use 2 tbsp. bleach to 1 qt. water. Make sure that the bleach that you use won't change the color of the fabric.
You can use lemon juice and salt solution as an alternative for bleach if treating colored fabrics. After about 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly.
- Launder, rinse and dry Launder as usual, rinse and allow to dry in the sun. Remember to fully dry the clothes that you have disinfected to make sure that mold doesn't grow back.
III. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
Hope these were helpful tips!
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