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Unusual cleaning hacks

Unusual cleaning hacks
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You might be tempted to go for the regular cleaning products when there’s a mess, but sometimes the most useful item is the most unexpected. Who knew an old toothbrush could be used to tackle hard-to-reach grime? So make sure you keep an old toothbrush just for cleaning next time you upgrade. Read on for more cleaning hacks with a toothbrush around the house.

Stove tops

Stove tops
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Cleaning expert Ashlee Edie says the coarse bristles and size of a toothbrush make them perfect for cleaning stubborn, hard-to-reach places in the home like stove tops. “Grime can quickly build up on stoves,” Edie says. “Apply some dishwashing liquid to a toothbrush and use small circular motions to buff away the dirt.” Make sure to rinse and wipe clean with a cloth.

Taps

Taps
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What’s that goo hiding behind and around the base of your tap? “Mildew and bacteria can grow on taps so use a toothbrush, with a mixture of soap and water, to thoroughly clean these,” recommends Edie.

Removing crayon from the wall

Removing crayon from the wall
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“If the kids have been using the walls as a canvas again, a quick tip to remove crayon marks is to load a toothbrush with some shaving foam or toothpaste, apply to the crayon marks, and buff them away. Then, simply wipe the surface with a paper towel,” offers Edie.

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Hair dryer, car and bathroom vents

Hair dryer, car and bathroom vents
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Lint and dust get stuck in anything that moves air – which includes hair dryers, car vents and the bathroom vent. Have you ever looked up at your bathroom vent? It is usually loaded with dust. Make sure the vent is disconnected before removing the cover. Take it outside to gently brush off or, if it’s caked on you can clean it in your sink with a damp toothbrush. For a hair dryer, make sure it’s unplugged from the outlet and gently use a dry toothbrush to remove dust. Same for your car vents.

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Computer keyboards

Computer keyboards
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Computer keyboards are typically dusty and may even have crumbs and other debris lurking around the keys. A clean, soft, dry toothbrush is perfect to clean these areas. Unplug the keyboard from the computer or, if it’s a laptop, unplug the laptop. Turn the keyboard onto its side and gently brush around the keys. Do not use any type of water or liquid on a computer keyboard.

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Sinks and drains

Sinks and drains
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House-cleaning expert Diane Regalbuto recommends using a toothbrush to clean sinks, including the area where the counter goes over the edge of the sink. A lot of gunk and mildew can get up in that area. A toothbrush with detergent or bicarbonate of soda and vinegar are perfect tools for cleaning this area.

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Grout

Grout
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“To keep grout in between tiles looking fresh, use a toothbrush to scrub a solution of bleach and water along the grout to remove any stains,” Edie says. Remember to rinse when finished.

Clean silk from ears of corn

Clean silk from ears of corn
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Before cooking shucked corn, take an old toothbrush (not the one you use for cleaning) and gently rub down the ear to brush away the remaining clingy strands of silk. Then you won’t have to floss them from between your teeth after you’ve eaten the corn!

Applying hair dye

Applying hair dye
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Dyeing your hair at home? Use an old toothbrush as an applicator. It’s the perfect size and it will keep the mess to a minimum.

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