How to clean tricky household tools


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Some households are tough to clean. And some are simply head-scratchers. For instance, how do you clean the stains off of wood utensils? 

Wonder no more. Here are five common household items you should be regularly cleaning with tips on how to banish the grime.

Wooden utensils

Wooden spoons or salad tongs are beautiful, and you’ll be able to hang on to them longer if you clean them properly. According to Good Housekeeping, you should scrub them hard in hot, soapy water. Then rinse them, wipe them off and let them air dry. Don’t put them in the dishwasher or let them soak in water.


Makeup brushes

Lauren Conrad, fashion maven and former star of MTV’s "The Hills," gives great advice for cleaning your makeup tools — advice accepted widely by numerous sources. First, rinse the residual makeup from the brushes by running them under warm water. Then, fill a bowl with water and a mild shampoo or makeup remover and swirl the brushes in the water. Rinse under running water again, and repeat these steps until the water runs clear. Then reshape the bristles and let the brushes air dry on a towel.


Disposable razors

If you want your razor to last a little longer before throwing it away, Livestrong recommends soaking your razor in a small cup of isopropyl alcohol after each use to sanitize. Also let it dry with the blade facing up to avoid dulling.


Plastic utensils/containers

Many of us throw out plastic utensils or containers because of stains from tomato sauce, taco meat or chili. But all you need is a bit of baking soda and water to create a paste, and the stains should scrub right off. Or, let the container or utensils soak in water and baking soda and watch the color lift off, as Anna Moseley from AskAnnaMoseley.com found when she tried this method.


Shower poufs/sponges

Sadly, these items should be replaced a lot more often than you think — every few weeks, according to Discovery Health. But you can clean synthetic sponges in bleach and water (three-quarters of a cup of bleach per gallon of warm water) to keep them bacteria-free in between replacements.