In my Household Hustler Highlight, I’m going to start where I left off last week on things you should clean with a toothbrush. Obviously, you won’t want to use the toothbrush again but it is an inexpensive way to clean appliances, grout and even computer keyboards.
IN THE KITCHEN
The first item I’m going to start with is a cheese grater. Give the teeth of a cheese grater a good brushing with an old toothbrush before you wash the grater or put it in the dishwasher. This will make it easier to wash and will prevent clogs in your dishwasher drain by getting rid of bits of cheese or any other item you may have grated.
Before cooking shucked corn, take an old toothbrush and gently rub down the ear to brush away the remaining clingy strands of silk. Then you won’t have to brush them out from between your teeth after you eat the corn!
A clean, soft toothbrush is just the right utensil to clean crumbs and burned batter from a waffle iron. You can also use it to spread the oil evenly on the waffle iron surface before the next use.
Toothbrushes are great for cleaning gunk from appliances. Dip an old toothbrush in soapy water and use it to clean between appliance knobs and buttons, and raised-letter nameplates.
If you enjoy espresso, I’m sure you know how finely ground the coffee is. To keep it from clogging up the filter screen on your espresso maker, scrub the screen gently after each use with a soft toothbrush. If any bits remain, remove them with a straight pin.
It’s easy to forget electric juicers are traps for all manner of fruit (and therefore, food particles.) Keep it clean to prevent bacteria buildup (and illness) by cleaning it thoroughly. Disassemble it, wipe out the pulp and discard it, and fill your kitchen sink with hot, soapy water. Soak everything but the motor casing for 10 minutes, remove the pieces from the sink and scrub with a soft toothbrush. Dry well, reassemble, and juice.
When it comes to cleaning veggies, use a soft-bristled tooth break to clean sensitive vegetables such as mushrooms before cooking. A medium- or hard-bristled brush is more suitable for potatoes.
If you dye your hair at home, use an old toothbrush as an applicator. It’s a perfect size and it’ll keep the mess to a minimum.
It can sometimes be hard to remove the dirt and grime that builds up under your nails. Pump some soap onto an old toothbrush and use it to scrub your nails.
Spray hairspray on a toothbrush and comb back the small hairs that always get in your face. This simple trick will give you a more put together and clean hairstyle.