Frequent readers know that I am prone to the occasional rant, and I want to take an entry to rave about a new purchase - my Dyson Animal vacuum. Sure using a vacuum is not DIRECTLY related to bike hacks, but efficiently cleaning my home means I can spend more time coming up with bike hacks. And who knows, maybe the hack I came up with will inspire others to think up new ways to clean things.
I did purchase the vacuum, it was not given to me by Dyson. I have used a lot of vacuums in my life, but this is by far the most enjoyable one I have owned. There are three things I love about the Animal. First, it has lots of different attachments for different purposes. There is an extension tube which you can use for example.
And there are several attachments for different purposes that can be used with or without the extension tube. Second, I love that is it battery operated. Using a cord is a pain and I have used many battery powered cleaning devices and most have not been up to the task at hand. This vacuum however packs a punch. Not having to use a cord means I use this vacuum more often. Third, this vacuum does not have a bag. I hate buying replacement bags and with this vacuum you don't have to.
Although I love the vacuum, it did not come with an attachment that will help with this problem.
Lint gathers in my dryer and the vents are too small for a standard attachment to fit through. I was cutting up some boxes recently and a light bulb went off in my head. Check this out -
At the top of the picture is a standard cleaning attachment that came with the vacuum and at the bottom is my box knife. The box knife has a thin sheath and my idea was to tape the sheath to the attachment. Voilà!
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The vent picture above was the before, and this is the after -
The box knife sheath hack worked like a charm and now I can spend less time trying to figure out how to clean my dryer and more time working on my bike. Carry on.