On October 24, 2007, a reader asked the following question:
I have a 3 month old who spits up a lot and as often as i change her clothes or put bibs on her etc, she is constantly wet by her neck and chest.
I let her clothes air dry after removing them from her but before putting therm in the hamper. Recently, however, her clothing started to get moldy up by the neck.
I now have one cotton, one terry and one velor stretchy of hers that is no longer wearable. I tried soaking these outfits in vinegar before washing but saw no difference.
I also tried rubbing some oxy-clean solution on before washing but that did not do it either. Any suggestions? I am looking forward to a response on how to best remove this mold. (and how to prevent mold from growing on other outfits.) Thanks.
How to Prevent Mold on Baby Clothes
One suggestion I have in preventing the mold from growing is to wash and dry the baby’s clothes and bibs immediately after wear.
This will prevent any chance there might have been for mold growth. If mold does grow, like in the case above, soaking the outfits in vinegar water or bleach will kill the mold. Rinse thoroughly and wash as usual.
Thoroughly dry them on high in your dryer, or outside directly in the sun. Remember, mold DOES stain. Not every time, but it does stain, though it looks a little faded.
Its the same as spilling spaghetti sauce on clothing, even after washing, there is sometimes an orange stain left. Whether you want to continue using the bib for your baby is a personal decision, but know that the mold is not there growing, its only a stain.
You can also smell check the area for a musty, moldy smell as well.
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