I was trying to get a knot out of a pair of jogging pants the other day when I found one of those cheap watercolor set paintbrushes lying around. You know the ones, you can buy them at the grocery store in those yellow plastic boxes for a dollar with the little circles of watercolors in them.
I used it to untie the knot, and because it had a blunted end and it was flexible more or less, it was a great tool to use. I will be keeping it around for that use, since the watercolors are long gone.
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When cleaning pleated lampshades, slatted windows, or doors, I use a paint brush. It is really easy to get in the corners where the dust collects the most.
As a founding member of the 'Cheapa-Fillipa' club, I am always looking for ways to beat the price. My latest search started after I recovered from cancer and decided that part of the process to feel better was to look better.
There are many uses for paint brushes, other than painting. Some of these are:
Cheap paintbrushes are nice to use to dust hard-to-reach spots like between computer keys, creases in lampshades and so on.