Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Even The Simple Things - Mini Brush Surface Cleaner!

    I begin many of my stories with the "I hate cleaning" exclamation. Well, it's true, I DO hate cleaning. Any time I come across anything that will make cleaning tasks easier or faster I am all over them. While perusing a local dollar store I came across a small, hand-held device that looked like it would make many clean-up tasks easier and faster. After looking at it for a while, it came to me...My Grandmother had one of these when I was little. I remember those meals fondly, she was a great cook! After meals, she would use it all the time. If it worked for her, it would work for me!

It's a simple device, a roller brush attached to a plastic tray with a slot in it. The brush protrudes just enough that it will sweep debris into the tray when moved/rolled over it. There is a top half that snaps into place over the brush to contain any flying or flinging debris. The two halves separate to empty the device into the trash. It's an elegant design that just works. It picked up crumbs (obviously) and bits of food easily. Dried-on bits, not so much. Wet, sloppy messes, not at all. But that's a given. At the "dollar" store, they were two for 4.00. So a bit "pricey."

Now that's not to say it isn't without its faults. The tab that holds the top half on is a bit flimsy and must be manipulated carefully. If it breaks, the device will still work, but you have to hold the halves together manually. When you are done cleaning, separate the halves and dump in the trash. I find if you flip it over (brush side up) and tap a few times most of the debris will fall into the top half and be easily dumped. Once in a while, you'll need to clean the brush. You can use water for this, but make sure it is dry before putting it away as the metal parts will rust. It even works on soft surfaces, like beds...

Why is it that so-called "dollar" stores often have very few items for a buck? And lots of items for much more. That's not to say there aren't real dollar stores; in fact, I have one close by. Just that many don't live up to their names. Maybe it's the value for a dollar? Who knows....

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"



  1. Rich, you seem to keep finding cool things for your RV. All your drawers must be full of stuff by now!

    1. Anon,
      Most of the time the new items replace one or more other things. Not always though! I do my best not to hoard...but I'm a pack-rat at heart.

      Rich "The Wanderman"


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