WHY is it that we can spend days agonising over what new toaster to buy – but when it gets burn marks on the top, we can't actually be bothered to clean it?
Well rather than putting if off for weeks on end and then devoting an entire afternoon to this chore, one savvy cleaning fan has revealed how an unexpected household item will get it sparkling in no time.
Posting amazing before-and-after photos of her toaster on the Facebook group Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips and Tricks, Tricia Hamill revealed she used toothpaste to get it sparkling again.
She captioned the photos: "The things we do during lockdown!"
Focussing on the worst affected areas, Tricia applied a thin layer of toothpaste over the top of the toaster.
She then used a toothbrush to scrub away the stains and was thrilled when her toaster suddenly looked as good as new again.
But how does it work? Well, toothpaste has gentle exfoliating properties which works as effectively on some metals as it does on teeth.
Tricia's post racked up hundreds of "likes" in the group and other members were similarly stunned by the results.
"Wow I must try this," one wrote.
Another added: "I use it to clean my iron!"
A third gushed: "Oh my goodness, this looks amazing!"
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For more cleaning tips and tricks, mums raved about hidden oven feature so you can take OFF the door and clean it properly.
And this cleaning fanatic shared the easy way she gets her tarnished teaspoons sparkling new using two household items.
Plus this woman said she’ll ‘NEVER iron again’ after £2.50 B&M spray makes crumpled bed sheets look freshly pressed.
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