How to Get Mold & Mildew Out of Curtains

If you live in an area with high humidity, you're probably no stranger to mold and mildew. Even if you've seen in before, it's still not something you really get used to. Mold and mildew are harmful to your family's health and unpleasant to look at and smell. If mold and mildew have found their way onto your curtains, it can seem like a disaster. Though getting rid of it won't be the most entertaining chore you'll do all day, it may be the most important.

Mold and mildew are both unhealthy and unsightly and need to be handled immediately.
  1. Take your curtains down carefully and take them outside. Vacuum the floor underneath the curtains to ensure that any mold spores that may have been shaken loose and fallen onto your carpet are removed immediately.

  2. Brush away the loose mold and mildew from the curtains with a medium bristle brush.

  3. Lay the curtains on a flat surface so that the affected area is facing up.

  4. Mix laundry detergent in warm water to make it soapy and scrub the area with a clean cloth or sponge.

  5. Rinse the area well with clean water and allow it to dry in the sun.

  6. Squeeze lemon juice over the affected area and sprinkle it liberally with salt. Scrub the area gently to work the solution into the fibers and leave it to soak in the sun for 1 to 2 hours.

  7. Launder the curtains per the manufacturers' instructions and hang them outside to air dry.


  • Avoid using harsh chemicals that may fade or damage your curtains.
  • Wear gloves, a mask, and protective glasses when cleaning up mold.

About the Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.