Cheese graters, small jars, juicer parts, sink fixtures ... when it comes time to clean all these and more, I reach for a toothbrush. Toothbrushes may not have been designed for the kitchen, but they are ideal for scrubbing everything from utensils to appliances. They help remove stuck-on food from the slots of a spatula and get the crevices of the sink drain sparkling.
I use brushes with straight, firm bristles and have them in a couple different colors – one designated for dishes and another for fixtures. These inexpensive tools form an essential part of my kitchen cleaning arsenal.
Do you use toothbrushes or any other unusual tools for kitchen cleaning?
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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