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2X4: Four New Things to Clean With Your Toothbrush

Scrubbing stuff with a toothbrush isn’t just a fitting punishment for unruly kids, it can save you time around the house, too! Next time you come across a hard-to-reach surface, grab an old Oral-B instead of a sponge. Here are four places to clean with your toothbrush:

Photos: West Elm / Pottery Barn 

Between Tile Grout. You may not spend a lot of time thinking about grout, but it’s important! Not only does grout hold your tiles together, it’s prone to mold and mildew growth if it’s neglected. Show your grout some love by mixing a solution of baking soda and vinegar over it (hooray, bubbles!). Then, scrub the solution into the material with an old toothbrush. Sayonara, grout gunk!

Along Picture Frames. To clean an old frame, all you need is a toothbrush and some mild dish soap. Wipe off the frame with a soft cloth. Then, dip your toothbrush in a mixture of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Gently scrub the frame with your brush (you may want to wrap some soft gauze around the bristles for extra protection), making sure you clean out all of the frame’s crevices. Didn’t think your toothbrush had an artistic side, did you?

Around Sink Faucets. Like it or not, your sinks are probably some of the dirtiest things in your house. If you really want to deep-clean a sink, a toothbrush is vital. To clean with your brush, mix a solution of equal parts baking soda and warm water. Then, dip your toothbrush into the solution and thoroughly scrub all parts of the faucet and the caulk seal around your sink. You’ll be surprised by the amount of grime you pick up!

Beneath Sliding Doors. If you’ve never cleaned the tracks of your sliding glass doors, you may want to brace yourself. There’s probably a gross layer of muck mixed with an insect graveyard down there. Not to worry! Use a soft cloth or rag to remove the worst of the dirt, and then use a toothbrush for the corners deep inside the track. You’ll have that dirty track looking clean again in no time.

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