Mold or mildew can cause a musty stench in clothes. It can occur if clothes have been stored in a damp and dark place for too long.
Here are the most common methods to get rid of mildew odors from clothing:
- Mold can be found in your dryer and washing machine. Your washer may have mold if your clothes smell musty after washing. Run an empty cycle using hot water, bleach, or detergent to remove mold from the washer.
- If this doesn’t work, you can carefully take apart the washer and clean any mold with hot water and a cleaning agent. If the task seems too difficult, have your washer serviced.
- Wash your clothes if they smell musty or have mold infested. You can add a mold inhibitor product to your washing machine, such as bleach vinegar, baking soda or ammonia.
- Before bleaching clothes, make sure to check the “do not bleach” warnings. The machine will then cycle normally after you have added the detergent and laundry detergent. When the washer is full, stop the cycle and add the detergent and laundry detergent to the machine. After the cycle has ended, you can either add 1 cup bleach to 2 gallons hot water and soak the clothes for at least an hour.
- You can substitute bleach with vinegar, baking soda or borax. Add your detergent and laundry detergent to the washing machine. Next, add one cup of the detergent you choose. When the clothes are wet, stop the cycle and wait at least an hour before turning it back on. The chosen product will fight mold if the cycle is stopped while the clothes are still damp.
- WARNING: Never mix ammonia and bleach. It can cause toxic fumes which can damage your lungs.
Dry clothes immediately after washing to prevent them from becoming musty. You can dry them outside in the sun to prevent mold growth.