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Milk jugs make handy brush cleaners

Milk jugs make handy brush cleaners

Recycling programs today cart away most of our empty plastic milk jugs, but you may want to hang on to a few to take advantage of this tip. Cut a large opening in the front of the jug and put solvent in the bottom to clean brushes. When your hands get slippery from paint or solvent, the jug with its handle proves easier to carry around and empty than a large metal coffee can.

--John Regan, Gorham, Maine

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Comments (4)
grandy48 wrote:

Some milk jugs use different plastic. Same with acetone, some plastic cartons work and some melt.

8/2/2012 02:19:01 PM Report Abuse
williamj47714 wrote:

Polyethylene is not subject to dissolve in any solvent or acid. Milk bottles are made for this material, HDPE.

1/28/2011 03:21:37 PM Report Abuse
Stanyel wrote:

You want to make sure that the solvent your using won't dissolve the plastic container. I would test the solvent in the container before trying this.

1/21/2011 12:00:41 PM Report Abuse
dcsalvo wrote:

A half gallon jug would work better

1/20/2011 10:02:41 PM Report Abuse

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