6 Ways to Get Mold Smell
Out of Clothes and Towels
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Spring is here and summer is fast
approaching. You want to ensure your
clothing stays clean and free of mold
smell or otherwise odorless. Did you keep
your spring wardrobe in boxes all
winter? Mold spores might have found a
host in your damp clothing, and it will
release a foul odor as soon as you open it.
Still, there is hope! Whatever the cause
for odor lingering in your apparel, there
are several tried and tested tips for how to
get rid of mold smell. Aside from
commercially available cleaners, several
non-toxic household items are effective
against mold and its odor.
How Do You Treat Musty Towels and
Clothing at Home?
1. White Vinegar
White vinegar is one of the most
effective household ingredients used
for stain and odor removal. It can also
help clean detergent and hard water
build-up on fabrics.
Be sure to use the right type and amount
of detergent when you wash your clothes
and towels. Any residue will trap
moisture, making your clothes and
towels smell like mildew.
A common method to teach yourself as
you learn how to get musty smell out of
towels is to replace your fabric softener
with white vinegar in the rinse cycle.
Add one cup per load for top load
washers and ¼ to ½ cup for front loaders.
Others wash their musty towels in hot
water with a full cup of white vinegar and
no detergent to remove the odor.
2. Baking Soda
Another classic odor remover is baking
soda. This can be sprinkled directly into a
washing machine filled with clothes and
towels. Use ¼ or ½ cup of baking soda per
load and then rinse using white vinegar.
Experts recommend pre-treating heavily
soiled, musty towels and clothing with
To do this, soak the garments in a tub of
hot water and ½ cup of borax for one hour
before washing them as normal.
4. Enzyme Odor Removers
Since sweat and body odor are also
responsible for musty smelling clothes and
towels, you can try using enzyme cleaners.