How to Clean Mold From Color Clothes

Mold on clothes can leave stains and a terrible odor if not removed. For white clothes, the solution is most often bleach; however, you cannot use regular bleach on colors without fading them. You do have another, color-safe option for removing mold from color clothes. It takes no more time, and is no more difficult than cleaning mold from white clothing.

Step 1

Put on rubber gloves and a dust mask, as is standard procedure for all mold cleaning chores. Place moldy clothes in a tub or sink. Fill the tub or sink with warm water.

Step 2

Add ¼ cup of Borax (sodium borate) and a couple tbsp. of laundry detergent, as suggested by laundrygoddess.com, or 2 cups of borax per 2 quarts of water, as suggested by rd.com. Use the stronger solution for heavily mildewed or molded clothing.

Step 3

Allow the clothes to soak for 10 minutes to half an hour. Rinse the items in cold water and place them in your washing machine.

Step 4

Wash the clothing on a regular, warm water cycle. Add laundry detergent according to package directions and ½ cup of Borax.

Step 5

Run clothes through an extra rinse cycle after washing is complete. Dry the clothes in the dryer, if the clothing label indicates machine drying is allowed, or hang to dry.