Years ago I volunteered to assemble donated baskets for silent auction items. But before a group of volunteers could package boxes of chocolates into a theme basket with a starting price of $100.00 we had to figure out an easy way to clean the donated baskets.
Some of the baskets looked brand new while others looked like they had spent the last fifteen years under the basement stairs next to this.
So with a carload of baskets to sort and clean, I created an assembly line and figured out how to clean wicker baskets.
To this day I think of those cellophane-wrapped baskets every time I get a gift basket!
But, now I have a system to clean baskets! Let’s go!
HOW TO CLEAN WICKER BASKETS
I created a system in my kitchen and the following steps.
- Remove loose debris, tissue shreds, shredded packing material, and the occasional feather.
- I threw down some old towels to protect the floors for the next step ( I am a Virgo).
- I placed each basket upside down in my kitchen sink.
- The spryer loosened any remaining dust or debris.
- I sprayed each basket with a vinegar and water mix to eliminate any musty odors.
- Do not soak the baskets.
- I lined kitchen towels on my counter and placed the freshly rinsed baskets on the counter to air dry overnight.
It was amazing how much better a donated basket looked after it had a few minutes of pampering.
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