Not every bottle or mug is dishwasher-safe. Even the ones that are can collect gunk or stains at the bottom that require an extra-deep clean every now and then.
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Bottle brushes are nothing new, but many people don’t stock them in their arsenal of cleaning supplies—an easily-rectified mistake. They have narrow heads covered in short, flexible bristles that bend to pass through small bottle openings, then spring back once they’re inside the bottles.
But these brushes’ usefulness stretches far beyond just bottles—I use them to clean a ton of different things around my kitchen, and I will always keep one sinkside.
Here are a few more reasons why I love them (and you will too):
1. They’re Perfect for Delicate Glassware
I have large hands, and I struggle to clean delicate wine glasses and other stemware with a sponge. Bottle brushes reach down into the bowls of wine glasses or all the way into the bottom of champagne flutes without a struggle, making me worry less about shattering my nicer glasses. They’re also fabulous for scrubbing vases by hand for similar reasons.
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2. They’re Agile Enough for Hard-to-Clean Appliances
If you’ve ever whipped up an extra-sticky sauce or smoothie in your blender and accidentally let it sit too long, you know that no amount of blending soapy water can dislodge the residue. A bottle brush is the ultimate blender cleaner, allowing you to reach far down, around and under the blades, to scrub every nook and cranny where those dried chia seeds or stuck-on cilantro fragments may be lurking.
And my teammate Lisa McManus (co-author of Kitchen Gear and Gearhead extraordinaire) swears by a bottle brush for cleaning the plastic-gridded bowl of her salad spinner. All those little squares full of sediment or tiny lettuce fragments stand no chance against the brush’s flexible, hard-working bristles.