How To Remove Mold from Clothes and Stuffed Toys
When bleach and vinegar are used to remove mold from clothes or stuffed animals DON’T used together. The fumes can be harmful to your health.
If the clothing or covering for a stuffed toy show dry mold, then spray the area with water or hydrogen peroxide diluted solution before moving the item. Dry mold spores can become airborne. You don’t want to breathe mold spores, so be careful.
Always wash your items first. That will remove mold from clothing and stuffed toys – especially the mold spores that you don’t see on your items.
Your washing machine is your best friend at removing settled mold spores and some staining.
Wash three times in the hottest water available. Use regular washing detergent. Run a cycle of plain hot water when you are finished.
Place in a dryer and dry until no more lint is present in the filter.
Take and look and smell. More stain removal options are listed below.
Bleach will kill mold in clothes, if the bleach is strong enough and stays in direct contact with the mold spores. The chlorine fumes from bleach alone are not a good thing to breathe, so this work should always be done in a well-ventilated space or outdoors.
These fumes may also affect your lungs by causing a fluid build-up. This condition is known as pulmonary edema. This effect may not occur for several hours after exposure. Exposure to chlorine bleach may also cause shortness of breath.
If you do use regular bleach from the grocery store, please don’t use more than 1 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water. Let the items you are cleaning lay in the solution for 30 minutes. Then scrub with a stiff brush. Rinse and let air dry for best results. Your lungs will thank you if you can do all of this outside or on a deck/patio.
Bleach is a much more successful “mold killer” on non-porous items like shower tiles and sinks.
Vinegar has a less offensive smell. Vinegar will clean mold that beach sometimes can’t remove. If you had a less than desirable outcome with bleach, give vinegar a try. Put the items in a small plastic tub and pour straight vinegar (no water) on the items. Let soak. It may take an hour or overnight. Different stains react to this treatment in different ways.
Baking soda is great at removing odors. Make a paste with water and apply directly to the stain in the fabric. Check your progress every 30 minutes or so. You do want to remove the baking soda paste before it completely dries up. If you still see a stain consider trying other methods shown here.
Sometimes, an item is not able to be sufficiently cleaned (like an upholstered couch) and needs to be discarded.
So, if you can still smell that moldy smell, discard the item and replace, or have a professional mold remediation company try to clean it.
Use a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide – 1% – 3%. Look on the label to determine the concentration. Put your solution in a spray bottle. Spray the stain heavily. If a larger area shows staining, you may need to saturate the item in a tub or bowl. Wait 30 minutes and see your progress.
You may want to perform a patch test first. Hydrogen peroxide has been know to fade some types of fabric dye.
Hydrogen peroxide is widely used by professional mold remediation companies to clean a variety of surfaces. Hydrogen peroxide is also used to clean COVID-19 viruses; especially in fogging machines.