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Can You Guess What These Strange Gadgets Actually Clean?

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  1. What conundrum would have you reaching for this funky brush?

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    Gunky, leaf-clogged gutters.
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    A grimy bottom gap in a window sill.
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    A soot-coated fireplace.
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    Dusty shelves full of knick-knacks
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    Cleaning out the window sills and other small places.

    This gap-cleaning tool ($6.98) will get into the nooks and crannies that your cleaning toothbrush just never seems to effectively reach. You'd probably want a gutter cleaning tool if leaves are blocking 'em up, and shelves full of knick-knacks or a soot-coated fireplace need more cleaning power than this little brush.

    Cleaning out the window sills and other small places.
    Via amazon.com
  2. This two-ended brush-and-prong combo was created to dust ____.

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    Blinds.
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    Those knick-knacks.
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    Car air vents.
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    Shelves.
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    Car air vents — and other small things, like keyboards and the intake on your AC unit.

    Unless your knick-knacks are old car air vents, use a regular dusting cloth. And shelves and blinds need something bigger. They're $2.30 each.

    Car air vents — and other small things, like keyboards and the intake on your AC unit.
    Via ebay.com
  3. What gross cleaning job would you tackle with this grey stone?

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    Your rust- and lime-ridden stainless steel sink.
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    Your mildew-infested shower grout.
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    Your mildew-coated down spout.
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    Your rust- and lime-ridden toilet bowl.
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    Your rust- and lime-ridden toilet bowl.

    Pumice stone, like the Pumie ($8.98), is the best way to clean hard water stains out of toilets, and it doesn't scratch porcelain surfaces (just make sure to get it wet first). But, it could scratch stainless steel. And while it might get a few bits of mildew out of your grout (and could scratch the paint on your down spout), it wouldn't make it disappear or kill off the spores.

    Your rust- and lime-ridden toilet bowl.
    Via amazon.com
  4. This bright yellow tool was made to _________.

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    pick up pet hair
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    prevent mildew in the shower
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    scrape up spills in the kitchen
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    pull the lint off of clothes
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    Pick up pet hair

    Like shower squeegee, but smaller and with a slightly different blade ($16.56). You could probably use to squeegee your shower and scrape up spills, although it wouldn't be very efficient. While it might pull some lint off of clothes, you're probably going to have better results with a lint roller.

    Pick up pet hair
    Via amazon.com
  5. What cleaning challenge was this contraption made to solve?

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    Scrubbing two sides of a dish at once, making dishes more efficient.
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    Removing dirt from a small piece of jewelry that you put inside.
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    Scrubbing glass containers with a narrow opening.
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    Washing the outside of your windows from the inside.
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    A glass container with a narrow opening.

    This magnetic gadget ($9.95) could really scrub any container, but is a must if you own anything with a narrow neck — baby bottles, flower vases, pitchers, and yes, fancy wine decanters. It's a specialized tool that really wouldn't work for any of those other tasks.

    A glass container with a narrow opening.
    Via youtube.com
  6. What impossible task do these lime bowties make incredibly simple?

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    Stopping stinky shoes.
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    Stopping stinky garbage disposals.
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    Stopping stinky compost.
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    Stopping the smell after you go to the bathroom.
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    Stopping stinky shoes.

    These go right into your shoes overnight every night, and help absorb odors and sweat that cause smelliness ($9.99). Your stinking garbage disposal needs run more often and maybe cleaned more deeply; they may help your compost smell, but you're better off using a bin with charcoal filters; and something like this might help with smells that linger over a day or two, but it won't help immediately.

    Stopping stinky shoes.
  7. What did this fuzzy pink ball do to deserve its gentle brushing?

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    swept a room
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    helped pick up a spill
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    polished a window
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    vacuumed curtains
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    The robotic Mocoro Vacuum swept the room.

    It's a little vacuum cleaner that rolls around the room, trapping dirt on the floor with its microfiber cover ($55). Now it's being brushed, so it can go again!

    The robotic Mocoro Vacuum swept the room.
    Via japantrendshop.com
  8. What was this rubbery broom designed to do *besides* pick up pet hair?

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    Pick up spilled cereal.
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    Wash a car's windshield.
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    Push dried leaves off of a driveway.
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    All of the above.
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    Washing a car's windshield.

    Most people in the Amazon reviews use this to pick up pet hair in their house, but it also has a squeegee on one side to help with washing your car ($19.57). If the cereal had milk in it, mop it up; if it was dry, sweep it. And use a rake for the leaves.

    Washing a car's windshield.
    Via amazon.com
  9. What function does this oddly-shaped piece of plastic perform?

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    Unclogs your already clogged shower drain.
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    Cleans that piece of jewelry when you put it inside.
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    Helps fruits and vegetable stay fresh for longer.
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    Catches hair before it clogs your shower drain.
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    Catches hair before it clogs your shower drain.

    The Tubshroom specifies that you're supposed to clear the drains before installing it ($12.99).

    Catches hair before it clogs your shower drain.
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