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That Mold Damage May Have Gotten To Your Clothes: 3 Steps To Remove The Spores And Odor

While you were away on vacation, your home flooded. Now that you're cleaning up the water mess, you've discovered mold growing in your home. You'll need to get the mold removed from your home as soon as possible. Not only can mold destroy your home, it can also turn into a serious health hazard. This is particularly true if someone in your home suffers from allergies, or breathing problems such as asthma.

A mold removal contractor will be able to take care of the water and mold damage in your home. However, you're also going to need to clean any clothing that might have come in contact with the water. Clothing that contains mold spores can cause skin rashes. If left on your clothing, mold can also cause the fibers of your clothing to deteriorate. Here are three cleaning solutions that will help you get the mold out of your clothing.

Bleach for White Fabrics

If your white clothing has been contaminated with mold, you don't have to throw the clothing away. Instead, reach for the chlorine bleach. This solution will brighten your whites and remove the mold.


  1. Place your whites in the washer and turn it on to the hot/hot cycle.
  2. Add 2 cups of bleach to the washing machine.
  3. Once the washer is filled with hot water, turn it off and allow your clothing to soak for about 45 minutes.
  4. Turn the washer back on and run your laundry through a normal cycle.
  5. Dry your clothing on high.
  6. You can also hang your laundry outside on the clothes line.

Baking Soda and Vinegar for Colored Clothing

If you've found mold on your colors, you don't want to use bleach. Protect your colors by reaching for the vinegar and baking soda. This solution will kill the mold spores and leave your colors looking bright.


  1. Fill your washer with warm water.
  2. Add 1 ½ cup each of baking soda and vinegar.
  3. Place your molding clothing in the washer and run them through a normal cycle.
  4. Dry your colored clothing as usual.

Borax and Lemon Juice for Strong Odors

Once mold gets deep into the fibers of your clothing, the odor is difficult to get rid of. Even after you've gotten rid of all the mold, you might still notice a lingering odor on your clothing. You can get rid of the odor using borax and lemon juice. This odor-neutralizing solution is strong enough to kill the odors but mild enough to use on your colors or whites.


  1. Place your laundry in the washer.
  2. Turn your washing machine on to warm.
  3. Once the washer is filled with water, add 1 cup of lemon juice and 2 cups of borax.
  4. Run your clothing through a normal wash cycle.
  5. Dry your clothing as usual.

If you've got mold growing in your home, your clothes may be contaminated too. The solutions provided above will help you get the mold out of your clothing so you don't have to throw it away.