I had left some wet clothes in a damp place for somever days due to my carelessness. The clothes have now developed black mould.

Washing clothes with detergent simply does not help.

What is the way out?

  • I had this problem with some cushion covers. I tried all the solutions I could find online - vinegar, detergent, bleach, normal laundry powder - but in the end I had to throw the worst-affected ones away :( Dec 10, 2014 at 17:23

2 Answers 2


Wash them again in the hottest water safe for the color of clothing. After putting the clothes in the washer, pour about two cups of white vinegar over them along with the detergent.

  • @TheIndependentAquarius Two cups for that, I'd say. One cup is good for most things, but use more for mold.
    – Mooseman
    Dec 10, 2014 at 14:06
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    20th? I'm not sure what you mean...
    – Mooseman
    Dec 10, 2014 at 14:22
  • Sorry, that was a typing error. I meant by a cup did you mean 250 ml? Dec 10, 2014 at 20:24
  • @TheIndependentAquarius Approximately. 1 US cup is 237 ml.
    – Mooseman
    Dec 10, 2014 at 21:26
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    A mixture of baking soda and vinegar is most effective to kill the fungus than either alone, since the chemical reaction produced by the mixture will effectively kill microorganisms. I don't know if can also remove 100% of the stains left by the mold, though.
    – Joy
    Jan 14, 2020 at 23:14

You can try the following methods

  1. Bleech
  2. Borax
  3. Vinegar
  4. Baking Soda
  5. Mold killing detergent

More reference here

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    While this answer does provide possible solutions, it doesn't really offer enough detail as to how it should be applied and why it would work.
    – MrPhooky
    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:50

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