The last thing you want to find out when getting ready for your next camping trip is that mold and mildew have made their way into your camping gear. The mold are live spores that like to grow in damp, dark locations, such as your tent floor that did not have the chance to dry completely.
Mildew is a form of mold that will thrive in humid situations. Items that are impacted by mold or mildew will have a musty smell that is annoying, but it is also unhealthy if you are unable to take the proper precautions.
Give your camping equipment a good washing using a solution of a cup of Lysol cleaner and a gallon of water. Then, spray and scrub the camping gear gently. When you do scrub, use a soft brush in circular motions. This is a technique that may not kill the mold spores, but it will help to cut back on the smell.
Next you can use a mixture comprised of two tablespoons of bleach to one pint of water. Put this mixture into a clean spray bottle and then spray the solution all over the problem areas and brush it again.
If you have a mold and mildew cleaner that you would like to use, be sure that you get a brand proven to be friendly for the environment. Once your camping gear is free of the mold and mildew build up, you and anyone camping with you will be using these items. Some products like Mold-Off have received good reviews as being safe and effective.
While you are working to make sure that you are not dealing with mold or mildew on your camping gear again, be sure that every item that you have is fully dry before packing it away. This will have to be done on a surface that is flat and dry. All camping gear should be stored in a space that is clean, dry and aired out well.