Baskets are one of the most useful and versatile things you can have in your home. Use them to hold things in the kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom, storage areas and more. They add a little bit of rustic style, but have huge functional value. The only problem is that, while you’re using them for storage and decor, they tend to get dusty. And that intricate wicker weave can be pretty tough to get clean if you’re using conventional methods. Here’s how to remove the dust from your baskets the quick and easy way.
1. Brace Yourself
Yes, we are going non-traditional here, so you might have to brace yourself a little bit. Normally you wouldn’t think of washing a basket with water, but that’s essentially what we’re about to do — give them a bath.
2. Fill & Dip
Fill up your sink or tub (if your baskets are HUGE) with warm, soapy water. Just use dish soap — it’ll work fine! Then simply give your baskets a dip. If you’re using your kitchen sink, go one at a time. Whatever you’ve got your soapy water in, replace it with clean soap and water when it starts to look dirty.
Depending on how dirty your basket is, it may require several dips in the “pool” before it comes clean. Flip and turn it around, swish it, and basically move it all over the place under the water to loosen the dirt. Just don’t soak it or let it sit in the water very long, or it’ll absorb too much moisture and could start to warp or split.
4. Air Dry
Let your basket drip over the sink for several seconds, then let it sit upside down on the counter, or take it outside in the sunshine to let it dry completely. Voila! No more dusty basket!