Take note of these multi-tasking objects and you’ll never find yourself short on cleaning supplies.
1. CREDIT CARD
Think twice before shredding your expired credit card: it’s perfect for scraping off baked-on spills rom over and microwave interiors. The straight edge will lift the mess without scratching.
2. STICKY LINT REMOVER
This handy tool isn’t only great just for clothes; it’s also good for removing pet hair from upholstered furniture and curtains.
3. TERRY-CLOTH TOWEL
To remove a stubborn gunk on a granite countertop, wet a terry-cloth rag with hot water, then put it over the spot for a few minutes. The heat will help loosen the hardened spill so you can wipe it up. You can also wrap a towerl around a screwdriver and use it to clean grimy shower-door tracks.
4. CLOTH DIAPER (you read it right!)
Soft and absorbent, it makes a great dusting cloth that won’t scratch surfaces. Wash diapers four or five times before using to remove lint.
5. PLASTIC WRAP
After cleaning the top of the fridge, line it with a piece of plastic wrap. You won’t be able to see it, and future cleanings will only require replacing the plastic.
6. DAMP SOCKS
Dampen a cotton sock and wear it like a glove to clean the dust off broad-leaf houseplants.
Forget the drop cloth. Hang an opened umbrella with a U-shaped handle upside down from a chandelier to catch the drips while you’re cleaning.