When windows and doors are closed, it is a fact that high humidity in the home will create mold. This fungi, which has a direct relationship to respiratory allergies, are also responsible for surprises that can appear in our closets and on our clothes.
It is often unpleasant when we open our closet and take out an article of clothing with a stain or musty smell. When this happens, we must choose a new outfit, and if we have allergies to mold, this could perhaps set off a reaction like sneezing.
Are there ways to protect ourselves and our clothing from these unwanted agents? Yes, and below are simple steps that you can take:
Clean and Donate
Do a thorough cleaning on your closet and donate any clothing items that you have not worn in a long time. Clothes that are not worn and washed enough may grow mold and in turn, can affect other clothing in your wardrobe.
Before donating, check the condition of the garment. If the clothing has old stains that cannot be removed entirely in the wash or by dry cleaning, perhaps it would be ideal to dispose of entirely.
Space to Breathe
Now that you have made room in your closet it should improve ventilation as there is more air moving around the clothing. If you continue to see mold or smell must you will need to figure out if there are any underlying issues. Are there water spots in your closet? If so, repair and clean before placing your items back in.
If there are no issues, then the problem is probably due to humidity in the air and one way that you could help stop it is by placing small opened bottles of pure lime juice strategically in your wardrobe.
Stop the smell of must and mold growth on clothes!
Separate your clothing according to the label and washing instructions. Clothes that are suggested for dry cleaning should also be removed. Once you have completed, proceed as follows:
White clothing can be laundered using a solution of 1 cup of bleach to 1 cup of water. Bleach can also weaken clothing fibers, so a second option is to wash clothing with a laundry detergent that releases hydrogen peroxide (defined by some brands as “oxy-action.”)
Colors can be laundered using a color-safe bleach along with their regular laundry detergent. Please be sure to check the packaging of the color-safe product to ensure that it is made for colored clothing. Iron clothes at the appropriate temperature according to the label.
Once all the clothes have been washed and dried, proceed as follows:
- Frequently worn clothes: place in easily accessible locations, but regularly check for signs of mold and clean them, or properly pre-treat them.
- Clothes you only use from time to time: Store them in bags or packaging that will allow fresh air to pass through and will not collect moisture inside.
- Clothes you rarely wear: wash them and pack them in vacuum sealed packaging. Removal of air prohibits the growth of mold and other undesirable microorganisms. Articles stored in this fashion allows for the item(s) to be unpacked and worn later, without the need to rewash them.
Completely DESTROY musty smells, Purify the Air!
It is estimated that 21% of all asthma attacks are related to moisture and mold, totaling millions of cases per year, and it is a fact that living in moldy housing works as a “trigger” for allergic reactions, both in adults and in children predisposed by genetic tendency.
Thus, to control the presence of these fungi in your home, among other microorganisms, it is essential to invest in an air purifier, which will drastically reduce the amount of spores, mold, mite allergens, fungi, bacteria and air viruses, preventing and relieving asthma attacks and allergies, which at this time of year are boosted by colds and flu.