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How to Remove Mold From Baskets

Whether incorporated into your home as a functional item for storing things or purely just part of the décor, baskets may come into contact with all number of different things that can help to promote potential mold growth. Moisture and warm temperatures are the prime climate for mold spores to thrive.

Things You Will Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Cotton swabs

Whether incorporated into your home as a functional item for storing things or purely just part of the décor, baskets may come into contact with all number of different things that can help to promote potential mold growth.  Moisture and warm temperatures are the prime climate for mold spores to thrive.

Not only does mold mar the look of your baskets, it poses a potential health risk to anyone around it.  Fortunately getting rid of it is so easy to do.

  1. Place the basket in a plastic bag and seal it up tightly.
  2. Place the bag in the freezer. Make sure that the freezer is set to 0 degrees F.
  3. Allow the basket to sit in the freezer for 48 hours.
  4. Remove the basket from the freezer and take it outside.
  5. Remove the cotton from cotton swabs and use them to loosen the mold from the basket.
  6. Dampen cotton swabs with clean water and brush away as much mold from the basket as possible.
  7. Vacuum away the debris with the brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner.
  8. Allow the basket to sit outside until it is completely dry.
  9. Warning

    Protect yourself from mold spores by wearing gloves, glasses and a mask.

    Discard anything that was used to clean up the mold, such as the bag, vacuum cleaner bag and cotton swabs.

Things You Will Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Cotton swabs

Warnings

  • Protect yourself from mold spores by wearing gloves, glasses and a mask.
  • Discard anything that was used to clean up the mold, such as the bag, vacuum cleaner bag and cotton swabs.

About the Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.