How to Remove Mildew from Fabric

Mildew growth can happen and it is best to know how to deal with it. First thing first; let me discuss what mildew exactly is.

What is Mildew?

Basically, mildew is a type of fungus that can start to grow on your fabric. Mildew can have an unpleasant odor and make your clothes appear dirty, unwashed, and neglected. The reason why mildew develops on your fabric has to do with the amount of air and light your clothes get to be in.

Se, mold will grow on surfaces that have little to no access to ventilation or light. Any kind of mold development thrives essentially in damp and dark places. So you know now, how you can prevent mildew from growing on your fabric in the first place, right?

Just like your clothes, mildew can also find its way to grow on carpets and upholstery if they are kept in damp places and without proper ventilation.

Just make sure to hang your clothes outside in the sun once in a while and keep them in dry and clean places after you bring them inside.

Now that you have an idea about the causes of mildew formation and how you can stop it from happening, here are a few helpful tips on how you can remove mildew from your fabric if it, unfortunately, does grow on your clothes.

So, read along and learn more.

Best way to remove Mildew from Clothes

Almost every laundry and household maintenance experts agree about the true effectiveness of this one method. This removes all of the mildew and it is pretty simple to follow.

Here are the details of this amazing tip:

Things you will need at your Disposal

You need to assemble all of these items before you can get started with this method. Don’t worry because everything is almost always available and quite affordable as well.

  1. One cup of borax
  2. One liter of warm water
  3. A clean bucket or bowl
  4. A spoon
  5. A few spoonfuls of regular laundry detergent
  6. A toothbrush with clean, soft bristles
  7. A clothesline or a drying rack

If you do not have borax available, then you can choose any other regular laundry detergents or bleach that does not contain chlorine. Borax should be usually available in the most convenient stores since it is an important item used for laundry.

How to Remove Mildew from Fabric

Steps to Removing Mildew from Fabric

Step 1:

To begin with, you need to pre-treat your clothes for laundry. To do this, first, you need to prepare a solution of warm and borax. Take one liter of warm water in a bucket or a bowl (depending on the size of your clothing/ clothes) and add one cup of borax to it.

Warm or hot water is generally effective in removing stains and dirt from clothes. So I would suggest that it is best to use hot water to pre-treat your clothes regarding mildew removal. However, there are some fabrics that react adversely if soaked or washed in hot water.

You should know the nature of your fabric from reading the instructions and warnings provided on the product label. If your fabric is safe to soak in hot water, then you can continue with the process and, if it is instructed not to use hot water on the fabric- then just prepare this borax solution using hot water at first and allow it to cool down to a normal temperature.

Remember; do not try to dissolve borax in cold water as this will cause the borax to form lumps and not mix properly with the water.

Step 2:

You can use your hand or a spoon to properly and thoroughly stir this solution. Next, put all of your clothes in this mixture. Make sure that every bit of the clothes is properly soaked in the water. You need to let the clothes soak in the borax for about ten to twenty minutes.

Step 3:

Afterward, take the clothing out of the solution. Hold them over a sink or a bowl and wring them gently (but firmly) to squeeze out excess dirty water. Then, take a toothbrush with clean and soft bristles. Dab some regular laundry detergent on the areas with mildew stains and use that toothbrush to gently scrub on the stains.

It is a good idea to scrub the stain with an outward motion. Scrub away from the stain rather than scrubbing inwards, towards the center of the stain. This will give your fabric a much fresher and cleaner appearance.

Step 4:

After you have treated your clothes for mildew growth, you can give them in the washing machine for a wash. Change your settings to hot so and run a powerful wash on your clothes. This will work best for removing any traces of the mildew stain.

Note: Remember to check the warnings provided on the product label before you change the settings on your machine. Hot settings will ruin some fabrics and it is best to wash your clothes at a temperature that is recommended for them.

If you have a mix of colored clothes and white, then I would advise you to separate the whites and use a little bit of bleach on them when you’re giving them in for a wash.

Step 5:

After your clothes have gone through a regular wash, you need to hang them outside in the sun. You can hang your clothes on a clothesline or a dryer rack to leave them outside, while they dry naturally in the air. The sunlight falling on the clothes will also work wonderfully to naturally kill any mildew that may be left on the fabrics.

Step 6:

This method has been known to kill mildew and clean your fabric from any remaining stains and smells. However, if there are some traces of mildew stain still persisting on your clothes, then you can always be patient and repeat this entire process two or three times.

Closing Thoughts

And there you have it! Some easy tips to help you remove mildew from fabric.

Mildew growth can be pretty gruesome and inconvenient; however, these laundry tricks exist to help you and all of us. I hope my article on removing mildew from fabric could help you.

Best of luck!

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