It seems like I’ve had more than my share of seemingly impossible-to-clean messes in my house—one particularly memorable one involved a Valentine’s Day dinner and glitter… so much glitter.
When even my vacuum cleaner seemed to be fighting a losing battle against all that glitter, I suddenly remembered my trusty lint roller. I don’t think our house is EVER without a lint roller, and in this case I was especially grateful for that.
And wouldn’t you know it, the glitter didn’t stand a chance against my lint roller. One swipe and the glitter was gone. It was a miraculous victory, and it got me to thinking about what else these sticky marvels could help me clean up around the house. Here are a few ideas!
13 Things You Can Clean With A Lint Roller
1. Crafting Debris
As I mentioned earlier, glitter is one of the hardest things to clean up in any room—it seems to stick to everything. But glitter and many other types of debris from crafting are easy to clean up with a few swipes of a lint roller.
Next time you’re faced with a mess of glitter, paper punch debris, confetti, or any other tiny troublemakers, grab your trusty lint roller and swipe them away.
2. Dusty Lampshades
Lampshades can be so frustrating—you can’t throw them in the washing machine, vacuuming them is tricky without the right attachment, and cleaning them by hand is time-consuming. Dusting lampshades is probably my second-favorite cleaning application for lint rollers—just roll one over your dusty or fur-ridden lampshades, and you’ll be amazed at how much dirt and dust you collect.
3. The Bottom Of Your Purse
Where in the world does all that random debris that gathers at the bottom of our purses come from? It seems to collect down there no matter what I do!
Fortunately, a quick swipe or two with a lint roller will take care of it. It works just as well in diaper bags, briefcases, backpacks, and gym bags too.
Drawers are another area where random debris can build up—all those dark, hard-to-clean crevices are perfect hiding spots for dust, hair, and other grime. A lint roller can come in handy here, too—just roll it across the bottom of dirty drawers to clean them up in no time.
5. Underneath Heavy Furniture
Sometimes you just need a really quick clean for furniture and carpets. Lint rollers can come to your rescue here, too — they’re great for getting lint and pet hair off the furniture, and they’ll even work on wood and glass. (A lint roller may even fit under your sofa couch and chairs so you don’t even have to move them—just swipe it underneath furniture to pick up dust and hair!)
6. Car Crevices
Like purses and drawers, cars have a lot of little crevices and hard-to-reach places (like wherever your phone ends up when you drop it.) A mini lint roller is perfect for cleaning those areas, and you can keep it in the glove box so it’s always handy when you need it.
7. Broken Glass
It’s almost impossible to clean up all those tiny (and dangerous!) shards of glass that get left behind after you’ve picked up all the big pieces after breaking a dish or glass. But you can carefully use a lint roller to pick up what remains after sweeping up the larger pieces.
8. Christmas Tree Needles
Needles from your Christmas tree may evade your vacuum cleaner, but they’re no match for a lint roller!
9. Loose Hair After A Haircut
No matter how well your shoulders are covered during a haircut, those itchy bits of hair always find a way to get onto your shoulders and neck where they can irritate your skin. Luckily, a lint roller can help you get those itchy bits off of yourself fast.
10. Dusty Drapes
No need to make the trip to the dry cleaner—use a lint roller to get the dust off your drapes. It works like a charm!
11. Textured Ceilings
Got dust and fuzzies all over your textured ceiling? Here’s a trick: put a lint roller refill on each end of a paint roller with a long handle. Then you’ll be able to roll your ceiling clean.
12. Paint Roller Covers
Speaking of paint rollers—to get the smoothest finish when painting, go over your paint roller covers with a lint roller before you start painting.
13. Stuffed Animals
Lint rollers are a great way to clean stuffed animals—they’ll pick up any loose lint and dust that may have collected on the surface.
Bonus Lint Roller Tip: If you find yourself cleaning hair and lint off your furniture and carpets often, you might want to consider a reusable lint brush like this one. They’re easy to use, less wasteful, and they’ll save you money in the long run.
Now that you know some of the best ways to use a lint roller for cleaning, you may want to keep one at home, in your purse, in your car, and even in your desk at work!
Do you use your lint roller in any unconventional ways?