How To Clean Mold From A Sleeping Bag

A wet or damp sleeping bag is a breeding ground for mold. Even storing it in a cool place damp can cause fungal growth. You don’t have to play the sleeping bag off just because there is mold growing. The cleaning process may take a few days to complete because a simple washing won’t get rid of the mold spores.


1 Mix 1/2 cup of Lysol with 1 litre of hot water in any sink or bathtub. You may need to use a measuring cup to get the exact measurements.

2 Immerse the sleeping bag in the solution for about 1 minute Lysol. Make sure the affected area is completely submerged in the Lysol mixture. This will help to kill mold and prevent it from growing.

3 Drain the sink or bath mixing Lysol. Let the sleeping bag in the tub or sink.

4 Mix 1 gallon of hot water with a glass of lemon juice and 1 cup of salt in a large bucket. This mixture will help get rid of the musty smell.

5 Pour the water, lemon and salt mixture over sleeping bag in the sink or tub.

6 Remove all excess of the sleeping bag.

7 Dry the sleeping bag completely and outside in direct sunlight or in a hot place. It can take take a day or two for the sleeping bag to dry completely.

8 Repeat the same steps again to completely kill all the mold spores.

9 Dry the sleeping bag completely.


It is recommended that you wash the sleeping bag after treat the mildew stains. See the instruction manual or the bag label for washing instructions.

Do not use any bleach in your sleeping bag. This can cause tissue damage and ruin the bag as a result.