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How do you clean a wicker laundry basket please?

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Snowstorm Sat 29-Jun-13 18:06:09

Thanks for getting back to me - it was such a dull question that I didn't think anyone would! I think I binned the liner XX years ago but it's only just started smelling as though it needed a clean this week ... not sure why ... I seem to do so much laundry that nothing really gets a chance to fester.

In any case, I've read about cleaning it with bicarb of soda but have no idea how you'd do that without getting a kind of paste stuck to it! Febrese is okay on wicker then?

Cerisier Sat 29-Jun-13 17:21:17

Of course you should clean them if they don't have a liner. We have three baskets and two have liners. The one without has dirty underwear and all sorts in so does need a spruce up regularly. I should probably do it more often really.

NotGoodNotBad Sat 29-Jun-13 13:29:37

You're supposed to clean them? confused

fussychica Sat 29-Jun-13 13:22:39

I have a material liner for my wicker basket which I throw in the washing machine regularly.
Same as Cerisier I also hose the actual basket once a year (the only good day of the summer is bestgrin) and leave outside to dry.

Cerisier Sat 29-Jun-13 12:40:59

About once a year I take mine in the garden, douse with fairy liquid and rinse with hose. It then dries for a day or two sitting on some newspaper.

Selba Sat 29-Jun-13 12:39:01

Wipe all over with a damp cloth, spray with Febrese and leave it sitting outside for a bit

Snowstorm Fri 28-Jun-13 18:50:25

Just noticed that mine's smelling a bit ... old socks and general laundry smells and it's not nice but am not sure how to go about cleaning it? Any top tips please? TIA.

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