Quick Tips to Save Time and Money
Use a soft bristled inexpensive paint brush for cleaning. It is stiffer then a feather duster and can get into tighter corners where dust rags or feather dusters can’t easily reach.
Examples of places where paint brushes work well for cleaning and dusting:
Hard to reach corners
Anything with carvings
Use a paint brush (a different one from the cleaning one) to clean in your kitchen.
Here are some examples when a paint brush or mini-broom makes cleaning in the kitchen easier:
Spilled flour or leftover flour from kneading. Use as a mini broom instead of a wet rag to clean up most of the big stuff so you don’t have as much of a gummy mess on the rag. Just sweep it onto your hand and toss.
Crumbs from toast and other things on the counter. Sweep the crumbs into your hand and toss. Once again , this avoids using a messy rag that needs to be rinsed over and over again to get clean, which also saves on water.
If your table has a crack down the center that fills with crumbs, use a paintbrush to remove the crumbs.
Use a paint brush to brush out crumbs in the vegetable or fruit bin or other places in your refrigerator.
Soap really does last longer if you take it out of the package and let it “dry” out before using it. Take it one step farther and place the unwrapped bar of soap in places like where you keep your shoes, kids sports bags or by the cat box. It helps reduce bad smells in these areas while it is drying out and then after a few weeks you can use it as soap.
I like to put the really nice scented bars of soap in my underwear drawers or linen closet.
Don’t forget the old stand by use for bars of soap: Use a bar of soap on drawers that stick to make them glide smoothly.
Some people use bowls to put their vegetable and fruit peels in as they are making a meal. Instead, I open up and lay a plastic grocery sack flat on the counter and toss everything in it. Then I can just close it up and put in the trash or carry it all out and dump it in the compost pile. No dirty bowl to clean or water, soap and time wasted to clean it.
Photo By: Anne Hornyak