Mold is a problem that comes up whenever we leave something in a very humid environment.
In the case of clothing it may be the result of a wardrobe a little airy, the habit of storing clothes that are still wet or leaving them lying somewhere before taking them to the machine.
Caused by fungi, mold likes damp environments to proliferate and if the problem is not resolved it is possible to even lose some clothing or furniture.
To help you dealing with mold on your clothes, we've come up with some tips on how you can remove mold and so leave the brand new pieces:
How to prevent mold on clothing
Mold-borne fungi love moist, dark environments. So if the idea is to prevent its appearance in your clothes, it is necessary to take some care, such as:
- Leave the wardrobe in a place that beats the sun;
- Open the doors of the wardrobe at least once a day, to make it airy;
- Do not touch furniture where you store your clothes directly on the wall, ideally have a space of at least 2cm between the furniture and the wall;
- Make good storage in the wardrobe at least once a month;
- Do not store wet or damp parts;
- Did you get rain? Put the laundry in the machine and wash it at the most the next day!
- Put the parts from the previous season - and also those that you do not use too much - into vacuum bags;
- Whenever you have time, put your clothes in the sun;
Tips on how to get rid of mold
Follow these basic tips to start removing mold and mildew from your clothes at home:
1. Sanitary water
The easiest and most practical way to remove mold spots from your clothes - and also prevent the fungus from growing in the room - is by using bleach.
The problem is that this product can only be applied to the white parts, since it also serves to remove the color.
Ideally put 1 cup sugar in 1 liter of bleach and leave the moldy piece of sauce in the mixture for half an hour or 100ml of bleach to 5 liters of water, with the piece of sauce for up to 15 minutes.
Then just rinse and wash normally.
Vinegar can be useful in the case of dark parts or that they may fade if they are soaked in bleach.
To do this just put a little vinegar in a cloth and rub the mold stain until it comes out.
If the fabric is very moldy, you can then leave the piece of sauce in a bucket with water and vinegar. Do not exceed 20 minutes, then rinse and wash clothing normally.
3. Boiled milk
Boiled milk can be a great alternative for more sensitive tissues. And the best thing is that it is easy to make and apply this mold removal technique.
Just warm up a little milk and then apply on the affected tissue. Wait for the garment to clear and then put the laundry on the machine.
If you wash only colored and more sensitive pieces you can add a little vinegar to the wash water to ensure not only that the stains add up but also that you can get rid of the fungus.
4. Sodium bicarbonate
Bicarbonate is indicated for the most difficult to remove stains, or those that have long been on your clothes.
You can put a teaspoon of baking soda into each one liter of hot water and leave the piece of sauce in the mix.
If you prefer - and if mold-damaged clothes allow - you can put a cup of baking soda directly in the washing machine, right after adding the soap and the products you would normally use in the wash.
5. Put the clothes in the sun
The sun is a great ally to end the mold of clothes. This is because fungi like dark and humid environments.
Whenever you can, put your clothes in the sun, or if they can not be exposed directly, let them take a wind in the shade.
This tip is interesting for small stains, which can be removed with the help of a clothes brush and soap. Wash the part normally and allow it to dry in the sun - or in the wind.
6. Lemon juice
Lemon juice can be used in any piece and acts as a natural bleach.
All you need to do is throw some lemon juice over the mold stain and then leave the piece exposed to the sun.
Then just wash to remove the juice.
Vodka can also help remove the smell and stains caused by mildew. Just put some of the product on top of stain and expect to dry.
It is an interesting technique also for clothes that need to be dry-cleaned, since you can just spray the vodka on the fabric.
Bleach is not a home-made trick, but it is useful when removing stubborn stains. To avoid damages to the fabric it is interesting to bet on those that do not have chlorine in its composition.
Apply a little bleach on the stain and leave the piece of sauce. Then wash normally. If it is a small or recent stain, you can add a little bleach to the washing itself in the machine.
Techniques to remove mold stains
Indicated for parts that can not be loaded. To do this use a spray with a mixture of water with baking soda, vinegar, water and even vodka.
Then just hang the clothes to dry in the sun.
2. In the machine
If moldy clothing can be washed in the machine, try using hot water to do this. So it is easier to remove the stain and also eliminate the fungi that cause the problem.
If the piece can be washed only in cold water, it may take more than one wash to remove the stain. Still, try using any of the above tips to potentiate the stain-staining effect.
What do you think of these tips to remove mold from clothes? After testing in your house, tell us the result!