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July 21, 2016

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You may be surprised to hear that the best tool in spring cleaning arsenal is the good old toothbrush.

Although we’re aware of their usefulness fighting tooth decay, they are also invaluable around the house, cleaning in those hard to clean places.

Some of the places that can be best cleaned with toothbrushes include:

  • Faucets: Kitchen and bathroom faucets are breeding grounds for germs. Soak a toothbrush in hot water and detergent before cleaning faucet crevices to prevent the proliferation of germs.
  • Tile grout: Dirty tile grouts make for dingy-looking bathrooms. Make a cleaning solution out of lemon juice, baking soda, and white vinegar. Let the solution settle in the toothbrush for a few minutes before cleaning.
  • Toasters: Unplug the toaster and then lay out some newspaper so the crumbs don’t mess your surface area. Use a damp toothbrush to remove particles from the toaster’s interior.
  • Graters, sink strainers, colanders and sieves: For best results, make a solution out of water, baking soda, and vinegar. Soak the toothbrush in the solution before cleaning these.
  • Vents:  Dust accumulation makes your heating and cooling system work harder. If this keeps up, you will risk inflating your energy bill. To prevent this, simply use a toothbrush to remove dust and lint from your vents.
  • Stovetops: Dip your toothbrush in your regular stove cleaning solution, move it in circular motions on your stovetop, and watch those stains disappear.
  • Small appliances: Use a toothbrush to eliminate dust buildup, minimise odours, and increase the lifespan of your coffee machine, mixer and juicer, and other small appliances.
  • Keypads: Clean your video game consoles, laptop keyboards, and other keypads with a soft-bristled toothbrush dabbed with some rubbing alcohol.
  • Hairdryer: Dust buildup in your hair dryer will make it overheat. To prevent this, brush the mesh on its back with a back-and-forth motion of a toothbrush.
  • Rubber seals:  Use a bleach-soaked toothbrush to scrape off mould and stains from rubber seals in your fridge, shower, windows, washing machine, and medicine cabinet.

It’s also an excellent cleaning tool for your flyscreens. Read more at:

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