Mold appears when the dishcloth is left damp and is folded or stacked in a corner of the sink, without stretching it out to dry. After washing it, you notice that the mold does not come off, so you should carry out some care and use more powerful cleaning solutions to remove the stain and prevent it from happening again. Follow these tips to learn how to remove mold from your cloth.
1. Bring to a boil in the baking soda
In a saucepan, mix a liter of water with a teaspoon of baking soda and bring to a boil. When it starts to boil, put the moldy cloths inside. Turn off the heat and let the rags soak for up to 40 minutes or until you notice that the stains have come off the fabric. Once the water has cooled, rinse the cloths and wash them in the washing machine as you normally do, if necessary.
2. Soak in baking soda with vinegar
Another option to remove mold stains from kitchen towels is to mix with a liter of water, a teaspoon of baking soda, and a cup of alcohol vinegar. It doesn’t need to boil, just let the rags soak for 20 to 40 minutes. At the end, see if the stains have disappeared and wash the dishcloths as you normally do.
3. Wash with coconut soap
After you soak the rags in one of the recipes above, place them in another bowl of clean water and scrub them with coconut soap, which helps to whiten them. Let them soak in the soapy water, in the sun, for about 20 minutes. It is not necessary to wash them in the washing machine after that, as they will be clean. You can rub the soapy dishcloths in the basin, before or after soaking them. If you are going to scrub later, rinse them first so they act in the water.
4. Prevention: keep rags hanging and dry
To prevent mold from growing, never leave folded rags or wet piles in your kitchen. They should always be stretched, preferably hanging, so that they can be aired and dried quickly.