Saturday, October 13, 2007

Basket Bath

I was helping a client the other day sort out some items from a recent move. Well, she moved about a year ago and is still working at unpacking and finding homes for all her stuff.

She has a large collections of baskets that have collected dust for sometime. I shared with her a Basket Tip:
Rinse them off with a little soapy water.

You can see how dull the baskets are to the left.
Then after their little bath, the baskets are bright and shiny.

If it is a good wood basket, you should let the basket soak in water at least once a year so it doesn't dry out.

I rinse off my houseplants by hosing them down outside then letting them dry in the sunshine. No more dusty leaves.

I even take the chairs my boys sit on at our kitchen counter and hose them off a couple times a year. (gets all the crumbs out of the cracks)

Next time you're trying to dust a houseplant, clean a chair or dust a basket, think about just getting them a little wet.

What housecleaning tip do you have?


SOUL said...

can you rinse off the silk plants..with the basket..weavy weed junk..plant and all??? how cool.. cuz i have a couple that are just a complete dust-aster ! bwa ha ha. it wouldn't ruin it to get the whole thing wet?

hope you're havin a good weekend.
thanks for cruisin thru soul land
wanna come clean it..or well- organize it??? :))

Angie Weid said...

Oooh, good question SOUL!

-Remove the silk flowers, stem and all from the arrangement and place into a grocery bag with a cup or so of plain ole table salt.
-Give the whole thang a shake and shimmy.
-Rinse off the basket
-The "weavy weed junk" is pretty much that. I'd just flip it over so the dusty side is down.
-Everything goes back together sparkling fresh.

Anonymous said...

ooh fancy meeting you here gecko sis! that is a good question..i would be inclined just to dump the entire lot in a tub of water...hmmm. i see... good advice there angie... and unfortunately..i do NOT have any good household keeping tips. tho my mom said that the water from washing rice will make a stainless steel sink sparkle...!

SOUL said...

thanks...i gotta do that tomorrow! hopefully i'll remember.
geesh. i never remember anything.
and yankee the rice water..i gotta try that too...oh crap.. i have porcelain sinks..see? senile. geesh
i gotta go ta bed
night girls

Louise Kahle said...

Thanks, Angie! Great tips.