Get the most out of your paintbrushes by using them in these unexpected ways
You can use the humble paintbrush for more than just painting. Image: iStock
Sure paintbrushes are designed to you know, paint. But there are a variety of other ways you can use this tool, and none of them include a tin of Hog Bristle.
1. Brush off sand
Keep a paintbrush in your bag for return trips from the beach. Remove sand from chairs, toys, the kids and yourself before opening the car door. You’ll have a lot less to vacuum next time you clean it.
2. Dust in hard-to-reach places
Get into hard-to-reach places in wicker furniture, baskets, intricate statues and knick-knacks with a small natural-bristle brush. It’s also great to use for dusting all your delicate items.
3. Baste and glaze in the kitchen
Use a small synthetic paintbrush to glaze pies, or brush on marinades and sauces while roasting or baking, or spread sauces on meat. They are easier to clean than most pastry brushes.
4. Clean up screens
Give dirty mesh window screens a thorough brush and shake off the dust. Pour a little kerosene into a dish, dip the brush into it, then paint both sides of the screen. Dry off the mesh with a clean cloth.
5. Cover up seeds
When sowing seeds in rows, dig a small trench at the right depth, add the seeds, then gently brush soil over them with a large paintbrush. This allows you to distribute the exact amount of soil needed.