The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hampers

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When it comes to laundry, hampers are often an afterthought. They are used to collect dirty clothes and linens, but are they really necessary to clean? 

In this article, we will explore whether hampers need to be cleaned and, if so, how to properly maintain them.

Why Clean Hampers? 

Hampers are exposed to a variety of dirt and bacteria, including sweat, body oils, and food stains. These can lead to unpleasant odors and even the growth of mold and mildew. 

Additionally, hampers can also attract insects, such as moths and silverfish, which can damage clothes and linens. Regular cleaning can help to eliminate these issues and prolong the life of the hamper and keep your clothes safe from insects.

Different Types of Hampers and Their Cleaning Requirements 

There are various types of hampers available in the market such as Wicker, woven, Plastic, metal, fabric, etc. 

Each type of hamper has its own unique cleaning requirements. For example, a wicker hamper may require a different cleaning method than a plastic hamper. 

It’s important to be aware of the material of your hamper and to follow the appropriate cleaning instructions to ensure it lasts as long as possible. 

How to Clean Hampers 

The cleaning method will depend on the type of hamper you have. 

Wicker or woven hampers can be wiped down with a damp cloth and mild soap. Plastic or metal hampers can be washed with mild soap and warm water. 

For fabric hampers, the liner can be removed and washed in the washing machine. For tough stains, a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water can be used. Remember to let the hamper dry completely before using it again.

Natural Cleaning Alternatives for Hampers

While commercial cleaning products can be effective in cleaning hampers, some people prefer to use natural alternatives. Lemon juice, baking soda, and white vinegar are all-natural options that can be used to clean and deodorize hampers. Read How to Clean a Plastic Laundry Hamper Naturally with Baking Soda for a guide on how to use baking soda.  

Additionally, using essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oil can also help to freshen up the hamper and keep it smelling clean.

Maintaining Hampers 

To keep hampers fresh and clean, it is important to empty and cleans them regularly. Consider setting a reminder to clean the hamper every week, preferably after doing the laundry. 

In addition, using a hamper liner or laundry bag can help to protect clothes and linens and make cleaning the hamper easier.

How Often Should You Clean Hampers?

It is recommended to clean hampers at least once a week. This frequency can vary depending on the usage of the hamper and the number of people using it. 

If the hamper is used frequently and by multiple people, it may need to be cleaned more often. Additionally, if the hamper is located in a damp or humid area, it should be cleaned more frequently to prevent the growth of mold or mildew. 

It’s always better to have a reminder or schedule to clean the hamper regularly, to keep the clothes and linens fresh and free from bacteria, odors, and pests.


Hampers may not be the most glamorous part of laundry, but they play an important role in keeping clothes and linens clean. 

Regular cleaning and maintenance can help to eliminate odors and prolong the life of the hamper. 

By following the tips outlined in this article, you can ensure that your hamper stays fresh and clean.

Thanks for dropping by and reading the article.

-Baking Soda Guy

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