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How do you clean moldy clothes?

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Clothing can become moldy if it is stored in a damp area. To prevent clothes from becoming moldy in the first place, store them in airtight containers. Make sure they are completely dry before storing them.

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  1. Sun-dry the clothing

    If possible, hang the moldy clothes outside in the sunshine to dry them out. The sun kills the mold spores.

  2. Launder the clothing

    Sometimes washing clothes removes the mold. Wash the clothes on the hottest cycle they can withstand. Use oxygen bleach. Do not dry in the dryer; hang them in the sunshine again.

  3. Treat the mold stains

    For white clothing, mix a solution of chlorine bleach and water and spray it on the stained areas. For colored clothing, make a paste of oxygen bleach, water and a few drops of ammonia and spread it on the stains. For a more natural solution, make a paste of lemon juice and salt. Acids in the lemon juice can break down the stain. Spread it over the affected area, and allow it to set for 15 to 30 minutes. Always spot test first to ensure that the treatment does not affect the color.

  4. Launder the clothes again

    Scrape the paste from the clothes and rinse the moldy area. Wash the clothes again. Before drying, check to make sure the stains are gone. If not, repeat the treatment process, and wash again. Ensure the stains are gone before drying the clothes.

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