This Grandma-Approved Tool Is the Secret to Keeping My Apartment Immaculate

published Aug 22, 2022
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The resemblance between my grandma’s attention to detail — those you can see, at least — and my own is uncanny. I didn’t, however, get her same attention to the details you can’t see, so my methods for cleaning those deep, dark crevices were lackluster at best. So, when she recently pulled out her latest Amazon buy, I took furious notes. I’m not generally in the business of exploiting my grandmother, but the solutions she finds cleaning and organizing tend to be the game-changing hacks we all deserve. The Hica Retractable Microfiber Gap Duster is no exception.

As its name suggests and the visual below proves, this thin duster is an all-in-one cleaning solution for those hard-to-reach areas. From under the sofa to behind the washing machine, around the toilet, or pretty much anything flush against something else (as it were), this tight space duster will pick up anything from crumbs to dust and pet hair. Not only is the microfiber end flexible (not to mention removable and machine-washable), but the device overall extends from 25 to 60 inches. The adjustable length allows you to get more than just those deep, dark spots, but those more obvious areas as well that tend to seem just out of reach — think: above the window panes or atop the ceiling fans.

I grabbed one for my tiny NYC apartment, which is basically a vortex of city grime (oh, and cat hair) and exceptional at hiding it all thanks to a number of tight spaces. It’s been a life-changer, truly. From tidying my AC unit without having to remove and replace it completely to clearing those grates that cover the exhaust fans in my bathroom and kitchen, there are no less than 472 uses for this gap cleaner in my home. This gap duster has made my home a safer, healthier, and more pleasant place to be. I can’t recommend it enough…and my grandma couldn’t be more proud.

Buy: Hica Retractable Microfiber Gap Duster, $13.99 (previously $17.99)

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: This Grandma-Approved $14 Tool Is My Secret to Keeping My Apartment Immaculate