You may not realize it, but your dirty laundry can create more than just a bad smell or an annoying chore—it creates an ideal environment for mold. Without proper care, laundry can easily become infested with mold itself; and it can even create an environment in which mold spreads and infests other parts of your home. Here is a brief guide to the ways laundry can create mold, and the ways that you can prevent this problem from occurring.
The primary risk for mold infestation in laundry comes during the stage before laundry is washed. This is because dirty laundry is oftentimes damped with sweat, body oils, and water. As you probably already know, mold needs dampness and organic matter in order to thrive, and this combination is extremely present in dirty clothes. The situation can be even worse in clothes that have been soiled with food or beverages, as there is even more organic matter to feed the infestation. Either way, however, the moisture alone is oftentimes enough for the initial infestation to take hold. This is why laundry should always be washed promptly (within a few days at most). Though it may be tempting to let laundry pile up a bit more in order to perform all laundry duties in one large batch, this method can facilitate a moldy infestation that will be very difficult and time-consuming to deal with, and could even ruin your clothes. In the worst case scenario, this mold can even spread and begin infesting your floor, walls, or other parts of the home—which is why leaving dirty clothes in a hamper is always recommendable.
In the Washer.
Although dirty laundry is the most susceptible to mold, don’t make the mistake of assuming that the risk has been totally assuaged as soon as you begin the cleaning process. Once you wash your clothes, they become extremely damp—and should be moved from the washer to the dryer as quickly as possible in order to prevent potential problems.
In the Drier.
As in the case of the washer, preventing mold in the drier is mostly a question of diligence: don’t leave damp clothes in the drier without drying, and don’t remove clothes until they are fully dry. It is also important to remember to clean the lint trap frequently, as a clogged lint trap can cause the moisture removed during the drying process to escape into your home. It is also worth noting that a bit of this moisture does escape each and every time you dry, so be aware of this when it comes to controlling moisture levels in your laundry room.
There are lots of reasons to love air drying your clothes: it is cheaper, quieter, and more environmentally friendly, just to give a few examples. It can also help prevent the aforementioned problem of moisture escaping into your laundry room. All that being said, it is still highly important to practice the rule of diligence mentioned above; never remove clothes from the line before they are dry, no matter how tempted you may be!
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