Mould cleaning hack: How to prevent mould growing on leather items including clothes and furniture

2022-05-14 21:17:59 By : Mr. Raymond Zhang

There are few things more frustrating than taking an item of clothing out of your wardrobe only to find it's covered in mould.

It's even worse when it's something expensive like a leather jacket.

But it turns out there's a DIY non-toxic solution to not only fix mould on leather clothes and furniture, but prevent it coming back too.

Professional organisation expert Anita Birges shared her mould prevention hack on her TikTok.

To make Anita's mould prevention solution you'll need 10 drops of clove oil, 10 drops of tea tree oil, 100ml of white vinegar and a spray bottle.

Add all the ingredients to the spray bottle and give it a good shake.

"It's great on anything leather! Jackets, furniture, shoes, belts and handbags," Anita said in the short video.

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She then demonstrated how to clean a leather jacket with mouldy patches. Watch how she does it in the video player above.

First she cleaned the mould from the jacket with an isopropyl solution. She used equal parts isopropyl and water and wiped the jacket with a microfibre cloth.

The results left the leather jacket looking like brand new and prepared it for the mould prevention solution.

Another woman also found isopropyl effective for removing mould from her leather jacket. Content creator Lisa Patulny detailed her cleaning process on Instagram.

The first step for cleaning the leather jacket, and possibly the most important, is to take the item outside so that there is plenty of ventilation.

Then you'll need isopropyl alcohol, water, castile soap, cloths and cotton buds.

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"Use a white cloth and 1:1 isopropyl alcohol and water to wipe it off. Go inside pockets. Use a cotton tips to get into seams — don't leave any [mould] behind," Lisa's Instagram caption read.

"When dry, wipe with a fresh white cloth dipped in Dr Bronner's or any castile soap and water. Then use another (yes another) white cloth to wipe down with plain clean water."

The final step, after the leather is completely dry, is to use a leather conditioner to get the jacket back to its former glory. Lisa warned skipping this step may result in the leather cracking or flaking.

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