Things You'll Need
1/2 cup table salt
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
Store canvas luggage in an airtight container between uses. If your luggage gets wet, allow it to dry completely before storing it. Spray canvas luggage with a water-proofing spray made specifically for canvas.
Use bleach-based products with caution to avoid leaving spots on canvas luggage.
Packing for vacation can be almost as exciting as the trip itlself. But when you discover mold on your canvas luggage, the stains and odor will put a damper on your enthusiasm. Because mold is a living organism, it will continue to grow and will transfer to your belongings if you do not remove it. Effectively remove mold stains and smell from canvas luggage with household supplies and have your suitcases ready when you are.
Lay an old bed sheet outdoors in a sunny location or near an open window that gets direct sunlight. Place the canvas luggage on the sheet. Unzip and open all compartments to allow for air circulation. Leave the luggage to sit in the sun until it dries.
Fill a bowl with 1/2 cup each of table salt and lemon juice. Mix the two ingredients together to make a thin paste.
Brush the lemon and salt paste onto the mold stains on the canvas luggage using an old toothbrush. Let the luggage continue to sit in the sun until the paste dries.
Remove the dried lemon paste and dead mold spores by brushing them off with the toothbrush.
Pour 1 quart of warm water into a bucket. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar.
Dampen a clean cloth in the baking-soda solution. Scrub the canvas luggage to remove any remaining mold stains and the accompanying odor. Rinse the cloth as the stains are lifted. Apply more solution and continue to scrub.
Wipe the canvas surface with a damp cloth to remove the baking-soda residue. Lay the luggage in a sunny location to air-dry.
- University of Missouri Extension; How to Prevent and Remove Mildew -- Home Methods; Wanda Eubanks, et al.; April 1998
- "Reader's Digest": Mildew Cleaning Solutions
- "Good Housekeeping"; Stain Busters -- Mildew
- University of Minnesota Extension; How to Remove Mildew; Diane Corrin; April 2011
- "Mother Earth News"; Greener Cleaners -- 5 Ingredients for Less-Toxic Cleaning
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.