A subscriber asks – The clothes are wet and full of mould

Hi Aggie, I hope you can help me. I found a bag of my summer clothes in my loft that were leaning against a stone wall. The clothes are wet and full of mould. Can you advise how I can remove the mould? Will it be killed by the washing machine? Many thanks in advance. Kathryn Douglas

Hi Kathryn
Sorry for the delay in replying. If you’ve not already done so, anything that can normally be put in the washing machine should go in there, and the mould spores will be removed.
However I’m pretty sure that the mould stains won’t come out.  The only thing that will remove those is a bleach-based product.  And you should only use bleach on whites as if used on coloureds they will remove the colour.
If I were you I\d probably chuck the whole bag out and look at getting the loft waterproofed.
Wish you well,
Aggie

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Hi do you have any recommendations on how to get rid of bed bugs?

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Tania Phoenix asks – Hi do you have any recommendations on how to get rid of bed bugs?

Vacuum both your mattress and under the bed often, and wash bedlinen at 50 degrees.

Use anti-allergen covers on pillows.

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Hi Aggie – here’s my tip to share with your followers

Hi Aggie Jewellery storage can be a nightmare – tangled necklaces, lost and forgotten pieces. My business partner and I had four daughters between us and lots of costume jewellery….we decided to resolve the problem and designed ‘Swag-bag – the stylish solution to jewellery storage’.

Swag-bag is designed to go over a door or inside the wardrobe. It displays all your jewellery beautifully so that accessorising is easy and time efficient. Available in 3 sizes it caters for all jewellery collections.

We launched over 10 years ago and we were shortlisted for Gift of the Year 2010 and reviewed in Good Housekeeping amongst other magazines. We have had many repeat customers over the year and thought that you might be interested to share our storage tip with your followers.

Kind regards. Sue Rutherford

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The case for NOT making your bed in the morning

You were brought up to make your bed neatly every morning, right?

Well, it’s not the best idea because with all the nighttime sweating (each of us loses around a pint a night, more in the heat of summer) and the warm, moist atmosphere, dust mites will happily breed in their millions.

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And if you’re wheezy or asthmatic, their faeces could easily trigger a nasty asthma attack.

Much healthier to freeze them out, so pull the covers right back in the morning, open the windows and allow the bed to air.

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Hi Aggie – here’s my tip to share with your followers

Put a dishwasher tablet in your washing machine and do a rinse cycle, just see the colour of the water! It really cleans the machine.

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How to look after your pillows

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When did you last wash your pillows? You can be sure that a fair proportion of a pillow’s weight is made up of skin scales, dandruff, sweat, saliva and goodness knows what else!

While the sun’s shining, get those pillows (two at a time) in the washing machine (check the care label first) and out on the line.

Feather-filled pillows need to dry quickly, otherwise if they hang about damp for a few days the feathers will develop mould and your good work will be undone. If the rain’s back on, stick in the tumble dryer with a few white tennis balls to stop the filling clumping.

And always better to cover them with pillow protectors to protect from soiling. You’ll sleep a lot sounder now…

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Smelly washing machine?

The reason is because we’re all washing too often at low temperatures or always using the quick cycle.

Bacteria, which produce gases that give off a bad smell, will survive a 30 degree wash, so when the water drains away, the bacteria are left behind to build up and grow in number inside the machine, hence the nasty niffs (and eventually black mould on the seal).

The answer?

Do a ‘maintenance wash’: throw a cup of clear vinegar into the empty drum and run the machine on the hottest wash.

Thereafter, make sure you do a 60 degree wash once a week, particularly for towels and cotton sheets. Sweet smells guaranteed from now on.

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How to avoid mould in your bathroom

If you don’t have an extractor fan, try to open the window as much as possible after a shower or bath for a good airflow.

If you’re having a bath, run the cold tap first, followed by the hot, which will reduce steam (safer, too, if children are around).

For a mouldy shower curtain, machine-wash on a wool cycle with a capful of bleach added to the drawer; rehang straight from the machine.

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