Pipe cleaners are a staple in my house. The grandkids can make all kinds of things with them, but I use them for cleaning. They clean out straws, they clean the spaces around the faucet that I can’t get to with my rag. There is always at least one at my sink for these purposes.
Some ideas in this post come from the book 99 Cent Solutions. Others come from The Alpha Parent and Hewittandbooth
Here are just a few of hundreds of uses:
- As mentioned, to clean tight spaces–examples: straws, faucets, keyboards, and bike chains
- Tie your shoes in a pinch when your shoestring breaks
- Twist up a nice holiday napkin holder
- Keep little hands busy on a road trip
- Make pipe cleaner balls for cat toys
- Twist to make Christmas tree ornaments–for example, a red and a white twisted into a candy cane
- Bend into decorations to top cupcakes
- Twist to the edges of hanger to keep garments from sliding.