How to Clean Mold From a Wicker Moses Basket

As a parent, keeping your infant comfortable is of prime concern, and your little one will stay warm and cozy in a Moses basket. This type of wicker basket -- named after the basket in which Moses was found floating in Nile, according to the Old Testament -- is easy to carry and can be luxuriously outfitted with a fleece lining. It won't be healthy for your baby if it has mold growing on it, though, and that can happen if you store it in a dark, damp place. It's best to handle mold quickly, before it spreads.

Baby in wicker basket.
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Mold control is especially important when babies are involved.

Step 1

Take the basket outside on a dry day and wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove as much loose-clinging mold as possible. Wear a respirator while doing this to avoid breathing in the spores you release into the atmosphere.

Step 2

Mix a cleaning solution containing 1/4 cup of dish soap, 2 cups of warm water and a cup of white vinegar. Wash the basket with this solution, using a sponge. The soap loosens dirt and mold while the vinegar, which is an acid, disinfects. Use a toothbrush to scrub mold from inside the weave of the wicker.

Step 3

Rinse the basket with a garden hose, making sure the water washes out all traces of soap. Wipe off excess water with a clean cloth. Let the basket dry in the sun.

Step 4

Treat areas of mold that remain with a 1-to-1 solution of household bleach and water. Wash them with a sponge, and scrub with a toothbrush as needed while wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands. Rinse the basket with a garden hose, and repeat if necessary. Wipe off the basket, and let it dry in the sun after the final rinse.