How to remove mould from fabric

Tough stain, easy fix
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Whether it be towels, sheets or clothes, mould can grow on most fabrics and can be difficult to remove.

With our hot, humid climate down under, mould can be expected in the warmer seasons… but with our simple and effective cleaning methods, you can revive your favourite fabrics.

What causes mould in fabrics?

Mould grows in damp, warm environments or in spaces with little ventilation and lack of natural light.

It can smell and be difficult to kill.

Leaving wet clothes in the washing machine or on the floor or trying to dry clothes in small rooms makes it easy for mould to thrive.

Ensure your fabrics are dry before putting them away.

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How to prevent mould

Despite our quick fixes in getting rid of mould, the best thing you can do is consider how to prevent the mould. And, where applicable, always check and follow the fabric care label on each item.

Here’s what you can do to prevent mould:

  • Ensure your clothes are dry before putting them away.

  • Use moisture absorbers in your cupboards and wardrobes.

  • Dry fabrics in the sun, or if humid, hang them inside but separated, with a fan directed at them or near a window for ventilation.

Always check the fabric care label for water temperature and how to dry before trying our solutions.

How to get rid of mould

Vinegar and baking soda

Vinegar and baking soda is a quick and easy fix to remove mould from fabrics and can also be used to remove stains.

What you will need: vinegar, baking soda, hot water, and a bucket.

What to do: mix two parts baking soda with one-part white vinegar. Add this to a bucket of hot water and soak the fabric prior to its general wash with detergent.

Mould growing on fabric

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Borax may be one of the easiest fixes to your mould problem. This product can be found in most supermarkets and is a multipurpose household necessity.

What you will need: borax.

What to do: add the desired amount of borax to the washing machine (according to the label).

Borax, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar

This remedy is definitely for the bigger and tougher mould stains and smells.

What you will need: borax, hot water, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and a bucket.

What to do: in the bucket, mix ½ cup borax, ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide and hot water and submerge the fabric. Let it sit for a couple of hours before placing the item in the washing machine. Then, add the vinegar into the fabric softener compartment and wash as usual.

Mould in fabrics can cause a potent smell.

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Dettol is a popular antibacterial product that has a line of mould and mildew products.

This product is best for fabric that can’t always be washed like furniture; however, this product does contain bleach and should be used with caution, according to the directions on the label.

Always do a test before using chemicals and products like bleach.

What you will need: Dettol Mould and Mildew removal spray.

What to do: Spray targeted area from 20-30cm away and let it sit for max five minutes. Wipe away with water.

When using any cleaning products be sure to follow the directions on the label.

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