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How to Use Vinegar to Remove Mold Stain

Molds are microorganisms that can grow on almost any moist surface. Basements, crawl spaces and damp clothing are common places where mold is found. Unfortunately, even if you scrub off the furry growth, mold can leaves stains on the surface. These stains are generally black but may also be white, orange, green or brown. There is a low-cost way of removing mold stains from clothing and hard surfaces using a simple household product.

Mold on Clothing

Mold may appear as a furry growth.
  1. Fill a large bucket with water and 1 cup of white vinegar.
  2. Soak the stained clothes in the bucket for one hour.
  3. Wash the clothes with laundry detergent as you normally would. This will remove the vinegar odor and any remaining traces of mold. If the stain is still present, repeat the process.

Mold on Hard Surfaces

  1. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar.
  2. Spray any mold stains around the house with vinegar and use a stiff brush to remove them.
  3. Rinse the area with a damp wash cloth. Dry the surface thoroughly.

Things You Will Need

  • Large bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Laundry detergent
  • Spray bottle
  • Stiff brush
  • Washcloth
  • Towel

Tips

  • Remove clothes promptly from a washing machine and place them in the dryer. Allowing damp clothes to sit for long periods of time in a warm place contributes to mold growth.
  • You can treat clothing and other fabric items such as draperies, slipcovers and mattresses with water-repellent sprays to prevent moisture buildup.

About the Author

Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.

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