Step 1: Wash with vinegar
First, wash your clothes with vinegar. To do this, set the washing machine to the highest temperature (unless your clothes can handle it). Distribute the clothes as evenly as possible in the washing machine and pour a large glass of white vinegar over the clothes. Then run the program without detergent! The acids in vinegar help fight bacteria. The fungus will have mostly disappeared after this wash.
Step 2: Wash with baking soda
When the vinegar wash is done, start the next step. Spread the clothes in the washing machine again and now sprinkle the fabric with a large cup of baking soda. Run the machine again at the hottest temperature and without detergent. Baking soda has a neutralizing effect, so that the remaining odors disappear from your clothes.
Step 3: Dry in the sun
Can you let your clothes dry in the sun? Make sure you do. The sun’s rays have a disinfecting effect that kills even more bacteria. If hanging the clothes outside isn’t an option for you, put the clothes in the dryer on the appropriate cycle. After that, the clothes may still have a hint of staleness. If so, repeat the previous steps, but use a smaller amount of vinegar and baking soda – half a cup instead of a full cup.