The past few weeks I have been sharing with you several chores that are often forgotten about, but need to get done. We have cleaned out our hampers and our purses, now we are going to clean our laundry baskets.
When I was cleaning out the hampers I started to think about the laundry baskets that I use to lug around our clothes in, both clean and dirty.
I have three plastic laundry baskets. One I have had since college, one my husband has had since before we were married, and one we got as a wedding gift. I can not think of a time when I have wiped them down, ever.
Think about all the work laundry baskets do: they are used to carry around both clean and dirty clothing, I use them to carry a heavy load of whatever needs to be carried on occasion, my kids sometimes use them as a walker or wagon by pushing them across the floor, and they get handled a lot by dirty hands. Basically our laundry baskets are dirty, and they need to be cleaned periodically too.
Now some minimalist might say that it is pointless to have both hampers and laundry baskets, and I get that argument. It can be redundant. But I use my laundry baskets for more than just carrying clothes in.
We have a deep freezer in the basement and if I’m doing a freezer cooking session, I’ll use the laundry basket to carry the foods down to the basement. I have also used my baskets to carry a large pile of books that I was donating, out to the car. When we moved into our current house, we used the laundry baskets to help us move odds and ends. So our laundry baskets do get used quite frequently and they can get really dirty.
So just like our hampers, it’s a good idea to periodically clean our laundry baskets too.
To clean mine, I just wipe them down with a damp cloth and my all-purpose vinegar cleaner (equal parts warm water and vinegar in a spray bottle). You can use whatever cleaner you have on hand. I also have used anti-bacterial wipes if I feel like the handles are extra grimy.
Literally this forgotten chore takes about one minute to clean, which is not long at all.