First off, what is mould?
Mould is made up of a bunch of bacteria that are not a part of the plant or animal kingdom. Mould is actually organisms that are a type of fungi. Mould grows best in places that are dark and wet so this mildew substance can really end up almost anywhere. Mould’s biggest difference from plants is the fact that plants feed off of and get their energy from the sun’s rays and quite the opposite is the case when it comes to mould; the heat and rays from the sun actually prevent and stop the growth of mould. To read about the difference between mould and mildew, check out this article on mould vs mildew.
What’s the purpose of mould?
Mould exists to break down dead leaves, plants, and animals, so it is not known as a friendly substance in nature or in homes. To add to its harm, unfortunately, mould can be quite abundant as it grows in all types of places and on all types of surfaces such as wood, soil, paper, carpet, leather, plastic, drywall, clothes, food, and more. If you have mould on your ceiling, also take a look at our article on removing mould from your ceiling,
Where can mould be found?
It is very common to find mould in the house because one of the most important things mould needs to grow is moisture. This means mould in the house can grow almost everywhere, considering how many moisture options there are, including condensation, humidity, water coming in from leaks in the house, floods, spills, and more. It is also very common for mould to grow on clothes or plastic since these are items that can carry lots of moisture.
You may find mould on your clothes if you’ve left your clothes wet or damp for a few days without hanging them up to dry or drying them in the dryer. It doesn’t matter if there is mould on clothes from them being washed and left wet or if they were left wet in a dirty clothes pile after you have been sweating or swimming.
Either way, if there is moisture, mould can grow. Not only that, but mould can also grow in other places in your house because of the moisture from the clothes. That moisture raises the humidity levels in your home which can lead to mould growing anywhere in the house.
What should I do if there’s mould on my clothes/mould on plastic?
Mould on plastic, clothes, and on anything else in your home should be removed immediately. This is because mould can cause damage to your clothes by leaving a stain that smells pretty bad and can also cause damage to your skin in the form of an itchy rash.
Also, mould spores can be released into the air in your home which can cause allergy symptoms, sickness, and sore eyes. This is why it is always best to remove mould from your home, especially in Singapore or prevent mould from coming into your home in the first place.
There are ways you can prevent mould in your home or on your clothes and plastic before it ever happens. You should dry your clothes in the dryer or hang your clothes to dry them anytime they get wet, even if they are sweaty and dirty; let them dry by hanging if you’re not going wash them immediately. You should disinfect anything plastic in your home often and be sure to dry anything plastic immediately whenever it gets wet, especially shower curtains.
Make sure any plastic is dry before being used again as well. You can also take steps to ensure your home is as moisture-free as possible including adding ventilation in humid wet places, such as the laundry room that is usually full of clothes that release moisture. Ventilation is also probably needed in the laundry room for the moisture that is released from the dryer when it is drying the clothes.
I’ve followed all these steps, but mould just keeps coming!
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, mould just happens to your clothes and other items in your home because is so easy to have extra moisture in your home somewhere, especially since Singapore has high humidity. Fortunately, there are quite a few cleaning tips you can try that will show you how to clean mould off clothes and the best methods of mould removal for plastic items like dishes, toys, outdoor furniture or shower curtains.
1.)General Mould Cleaning Tips For Plastic and Clothes
- Wash away mould that has grown on clothes and plastic by first using soap/detergent and hot water to kill as many mould, spores, and allergens as possible.
- Be sure to use soap or detergent that is ammonia-free since you will probably need bleach to make mould removal from plastic or clothes more successful, and bleach and ammonia mixed together to make a very effective (but toxic, so be careful!) substance.
- After this general washing, hang your clothes on a line in the sun and set your plastic item out to dry in the sun. You should do this because the heat and ultraviolet light from the sun help to kill mould as a mould removal treatment from plastic and clothes while helping to fade stains from mould on clothes.
2.)Use Bleach for Mould Removal from Plastic and Clothes
- You can learn how to clean mould from clothes and plastic with a solution of bleach that can kill the mould and ensure the mould stains on clothes fade away after you have generally washed the items and allowed them to soak in the sun. Always make sure it is safe to use bleach on the clothes and plastic you are use plan to use the bleach on. If you aren’t sure if it’s safe, refrain from doing so.
- To remove mould on clothes, put your clothes in the washing machine and add the detergent. When the washing machines have filled with water, add a cup of bleach or the amount on the bottle. Finally, let your washing machine finish the job on a normal setting.
- You can also add one cup of bleach to three cups of water and let that mixture sit on the mould stains for several minutes. After that, wash clothes as you normally would. For mould removal from plastic, make a mixture with ½ to 1 cup of bleach and a gallon of water. Put all areas of the plastic item with mould in this bleach mixture for 15 minutes, then wash the ch off the plastic item with non-ammonia soap cleaner.
- Always make sure there is adequate ventilation in your working area (since you are using bleach) and use proper protection such as rubber gloves and/or face masks.
3) Cleaning Mould from Clothes Using Borax
- A natural killer of mould, borax can be dissolved by adding the powder to very hot water.
- After the borax is completely dissolved, put it into a washing machine filled with your mouldy clothes and hot water.
- Let the washing machine wash your clothes as you normally would. Use the usual washing machine settings without any changes.
4.)Use Vinegar as a Natural Alternative to Bleach to Remove Mould from Clothes and Plastic
- White Vinegar is great for killing mould and removing the mould and mildew smell from clothes.
- To remove mould on clothes, put 1-2 cups of vinegar in the washing machine that is filled with your clothes, water, and laundry detergent. Then, let your washing cycle run as normal.
- Your clothes can also be washed with detergent after sitting and soaking in a cup of vinegar mixed with a bucket of water for an hour to get rid of the mould.
- You can also remove mould on clothes by soaking a ball or pad of cotton into lemon juice and vinegar. Place the cotton pad on the mould stain and let it stay there for many minutes. After removing the cotton pad, sprinkle some salt on the stained area, then hang the clothes in the sun to dry.
5.)Using a Mould Product to Remove Mould from Plastic
- A chemical-free, safe, and effective way to remove mould from plastic is by using a product called Concrobium Mold Control.
- To use this product, spray the Concrobium evenly on the plastic that has mould on it.
- To finish the mould removal from plastic using this method, all you have to do is let the item dry; the mould will leave once the Concrobium is completely dry.
A final mould foreword:
It can be very upsetting to realize there is mould on your clothes, plastic, or anywhere in your home. It is scary because of all the damage it can do and also quite disgusting to have to deal with. However, you don’t have to feel discouraged if you do find mould growing somewhere because there are actually many simple ways to remove mould from home in Singapore.
As long as you follow the tips from this article, you should have no problem getting rid of mould from any item of clothing or piece of plastic. You also should follow the steps to prevent mould from into your home again by keeping your home and everything in it as moisture-free, clean, and dry as possible at all times.
This will certainly ensure you never have to deal with mould, mildew, or its troublesome effects and step by step clean up again.