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Before you eighty-six that clumpy CoverGirl, save the mascara wand (wash and recycle the container) and use it to whisk gunk out of tight spaces.

To clean the wand thoroughly, fill a small bowl with warm water and two to three drops of liquid castile soap. None handy? Shampoo or eye makeup remover should also do the trick.

Separate and soak the tube and wand in the soap-and-water solution for about 10 minutes. Banish makeup that's still clinging to the sides of the tube with a cotton swab. If the wand still has residue, apply a couple drops of soap directly onto the bristles and lather up. Rinse well, air-dry, and get down to the dirty work.

Here, five hard-to-reach (and grime-attracting) areas where a mascara wand works its magic best:

- Behind kitchen and bathroom taps
- Around cupboard knobs and drawer handles
- Between the keys on a computer keyboard
- Along the edges of light-switch plates
- Inside sink and countertop seams

Eco tip: Mascara containers tend to be composed of plastic No. 5, which may not be accepted by your local curbside recycling program. Cosmetics giant, Origins, is doing its part to reduce the amount of plastic waste sent to landfills, one tube at a time. Drop off empty primary cosmetic packaging (jars, bottles, caps, and covers, regardless of brand) at any one of their locations and the company will reprocess it and give you a free skincare sample for your troubles. Click here to find an Origins location near you.


  • Julie

    Geez, some people just love to complicate life. When you open a new toothbrush, run your old ones through the dishwasher and leave it in the silverware basket. You can use this for scrubbing vegetables or tight places as the article suggests but at least you don't have to clean off the mascara.

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  • brandi

    Or you can wash the mascara off, let the wand dry and use it as a lash brush to separate your lashes if you get clumps (thats what I do)

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  • mary

    If anyone in my house (family or visitors) goes around examining such small, tight little spaces, they can take that used mascara wand and put it where the sun don't shine!! All together now........I ain't Martha Stewart!!

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  • flo

    those area get germy. they should be cleaned, it's not about people inspecting them.


  • Shelley

    Agreed Mary! As if we don't have enough to clean already, now we have to worry about cleaning key holes!!!


  • Ken

    Slobs will be slobs. I have two daughters, and although they were not raised to be...they both turned out to be slobs.

    I am retired, and do the housework and cooking, etc, and I could not stand to see gunk. Believe me, it is not an inspection, it is people see, and they tell.


  • Mary

    If anyone in my house (family or visitors) goes around examining such
    small, tight little spaces, they can take that used mascara wand and
    put it where the sun don't shine!! All together now........I ain't
    Martha Stewart!!

    Reply
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