Originally Posted by chicagosarah
i just bought some wicker baskets for organizing my DD's room, and they have this strong odor. i hear that's pretty common for rattan products and that it goes away after awhile, but i'm just worried about what that scent is to begin with. does anybody know? how can i get rid of it? should i return the baskets?
The odor may be coming from the lacquor (spelling?) finish if it's unpainted? Or, if it's painted, it might be the paint.
Also, sometimes wicker, rattan, and similar woody reed products are treated with anti-mold agents. There is a ton of information on the Internet about this.
Of course, just because it has a weird odor, doesn't necessarily mean it's treated, but that is often a common sign.
I would either use it for non-personal use (not for baby's care products) or let it air out completely.