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Mold thrives in places of high humidity and warmth.

The more damp and warm an area is, the better. Mold on a Leather Jacket or on  This includes walls, floors, personal items, and yes - clothes.Mold grows on clothes, books,

 So what can be done about it? Found some useful tips that also work with cigarette and urine odors...

The first thing to note is timing. Inside a Wind-up Alarm Clock The faster you can find a mold contaminated item, the better. Mold becomes increasingly hard to remove and deal with as it grows and thrives.

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:

  • food
  • moisture

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.

I. Vinegar and Lemon  Vinegar or  A very unusual approach would be to use vinegar in removing mold

 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 growthbrooms 

    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.

    Always remember to wear a protective mask and gloves Protective mask and latex gloves when dealing with mold contamination.

  • I've Got Sunshine...on 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.removing clothing mildew.


  • Presoak in cold water Picture of Cold Water Tap 

          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             Sponge on bleach solution 

    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       laundry-machines-out-of-  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.


 Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide!  I have recommended this magic stuff for years! Simply spray on stinky clothing and let dry...odor is simply gone!!!!


Hope these were helpful tips!





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Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

That smell drives me nuts it seems that young bachelors never dry their clothes all the way. I could be in the room and could pick out the people that smelled moldy. Good tips

Jan 17, 2010 12:36 AM #1

Good tips.  Mold and moss are two constants during the rainy winter months in western Oregon.

Jan 17, 2010 12:44 AM #2
Greg VanLaere
Danville, IN

I used Vinegar on mold in my boat.   It works!

Jan 17, 2010 01:04 AM #3
David Saks
Memphis, TN

Excellent post. Murphy's Oil Soap is a good product for any wooden storage areas affected by mold residue that need cleaning.

Jan 17, 2010 01:44 AM #4
Lesley Burton-Dallas
Turtle Clan Global - Stratford, CT
Environmental Consultant

Hi Heather, Greg and Oregon!


Thanks for coming by and letting me know I was able to help!

 Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide work on stinky pets as well!!

Jan 17, 2010 01:46 AM #5
Lesley Burton-Dallas
Turtle Clan Global - Stratford, CT
Environmental Consultant

Hi David!

You are absolutely correct!! We recommend Murphy's Oil Soap INSTEAD of bleach for houses affected by mold!! Excellent product and thanks so much for bringing it up!

Jan 17, 2010 01:57 AM #6
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