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My Five Handiest Household Brushes

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Each of us has our preferred way of carrying out dreaded household chores. I, for one, always look for the easiest way possible. Anything I can do to simplify my cleaning, I'm all for it.

One thing I've managed to do over the years is to narrow down my cleaning implements to the bare essentials.

I have no carpets, so I haven’t owned a vacuum cleaner in several years. I still have the usual broom, mop, dustpan and brush, but besides these, there are a few other brushes I keep in my cleaning arsenal that I consider essential to make cleaning easier.

1. Dish Brush – This handy little brush dispenses detergent as you brush. It’s easy to grip and is perfect for scrubbing pots and pans.

Dish Scrubber
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2. Bottle Brush – Long handle to reach into long bottles and nice, stiff rubber bristles. There are lots of different styles but this one has a good shape and stays clean.

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3. Old Shaving Brush – I’ve had this old brush for years and it still does a great job. The bristles are soft and pliable enough to dust in and around knobs and buttons, keyboards and intricate ornaments or designs.

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Cleaning with Shaving Brush
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4. Handled Scrub-brush – This brush is better than regular scrubbing brushes because it keeps your fingers out of the way. It’s great for getting down and scrubbing difficult floors or tiles and the handle makes it easy to manoeuvre around awkward spots like corners, edges and around the toilet.

Scrubbing Brush
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5. Old denture brush – Old toothbrushes are great for getting into tiny areas like around taps and stove hotplates, but this one has the added bonus of an extra little set of bristles on the back for even more intricate areas.

Scrubbing Brush
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Scrubbing Brush
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Everyone has their own preferences and sometimes it can take a bit of trial and error to find what works for you. If an extra brush or two helps to cut down on cleaning time then I'd say they're good value for money.

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Thanks for this useful article, Colmo. Like you, I have better things to spend my time on than housework so I appreciate any tips and hints to make tasks easier or quicker. I keep old toothbrushes for cleaning jobs but I can see how useful a denture brush would be.
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