Kick the Gadget Addiction // Repurposed Cleaning Tools

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Have you noticed the way specialty tools and gadgets always seem like a good idea – but just end up cluttering your cabinets. My weakness is kitchen and cleaning gadgets – but over time, I’ve found that I can simplify by repurposing things that I already have.

Today I’m sharing FIVE ideas for you to kick that gadget addiction to the curb! Let’s start simplifying our home!

1. Foil Paper Scrubber

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Instead of tossing out used foil paper, ball it up and use it to scrub under your pans. It works really well, especially with a home made scrub. 

2. Nook & Cranny Brush

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A used toothbrush has a ton of uses – to clean your stove top burner or around your sink drain. But it’s also really good for those hard to reach spots, like in-between grills where dirt likes to accumulate.

3. Pet Hair Remover

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If you have pets, you already know that keeping up with shedding is a constant struggle. When you’re too tired to pull out the vacuum – use a lint brush for a quick clean up. It’s great for pillows, sofa or anywhere your pet likes to sit :)

4. Make-Up Brush Cleaner

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Don’t spend $35 on that Sigma Spa brush cleaning glove! For the cleanest brushes ever – try this. If you have a spice grater like the one above, just run your brushes over it with a bit of soap and water and they’ll be like new again.

5. Keyboard Cleaner

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I’m guilty of eating lunch over my laptop and I’ve found that an old paintbrush is great for sweeping crumbs out. If you get a cheap craft paintbrush in a kit, that’s horrible for painting with – try it instead for precision cleaning!


Less is more! When your home is free of unnecessary clutter – you feel lighter and fresher! The next time you are tempted by a gadget, take the idea instead. See what you can come up with at home!

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Tell us in the comments – do you have a gadget weakness? What’s the most useless thing you’ve ever bought? :)

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Comments (3)

  • militza

    Where is your spice grater from? I would benefit from one and if it helps cleaning my brushes too – even better!

    militza

    Hi Matilda! I got that brush from a dollar store in Singapore :) But you can find it in many kitchen ware sections, I’ve also seen it in Crate & Barrel :) I like it more than a garlic press, because you don’t get big pieces stuck inside – it grates the entire clove very quickly and easily – and it has lots of uses!

  • militza

    These are some quite useful ideas. I just found a bunch of old paint brushes left from me and my sister and was thinking if I could use them for something. It’s a good idea to use them for cleaning inaccessible places. Thanks for the good idea!

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