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How to safely deal with clothing that has been exposed to Toxic Mold 

For clothing: all visible moldy clothing is a loss and must be thrown away. 

For all other fabrics a 1/2 inch rule applies. Anything that is thicker than one half inch must be discarded and cannot be saved. This includes mattresses, pillows, cushions, mats, rugs, sleeping bags ect. 

All other clothing under 1/2 inch thick: 

1st load: AMMONIA
Wash first time in 2 cups of ammonia per load no other detergent.  The purpose of using ammonia in the first load is to neutralize mycotoxin and cut down spore load. Ammonia is an important step because mycotoxin is dangerous.


 

2nd load: BORAX
Wash second load in
1 cup of borax.  The purpose of this second load is to kill any remaining mold spores that the first load may have missed.  It is very important to thoroughly wash clothing and remove all possible threats. 
 

3rd load: EPSOM SALT
In the 3rd load wash clothing in one cup of epsom salts and no other detergents or chemicals. The purpose of this 3rd load is to kill off any bacteria present from water damaged buildings.  Ammonia and Borax do not kill bacteria. 
 

What happens if I have done all of the steps and I am still reacting to my clothing or linens? 

If 1, 2 and 3 are not successful and someone is still reacting, this means they are highly sensitive and no amount of washing is going to stop that person from reacting.  Only a very small percentage of people STILL react after going through 3 washes and ongoing washing of their clothing and linens.  If you are STILL reacting it is advised to throw them all away and buy new clothes.