How to Use Magnets to Help You Clean the Kitchen

After watching a video from Brazil of a guy cleaning an odd shaped glass with magnets I was dying to see if it really worked. I have a wine decanter that is hard to clean so I was curious to see if it would clean that. All you need is a pair of scissors, sponge, and some magnets. To see just how easy and effective this is watch the video below. I added some coffee grinds to the decanter just to demonstrate the cleaning power of the magnet sponges. I have never had more fun cleaning something in my life. I had a big smile on my face the whole time when I saw this really worked! After the video I’ll take you step by step through the process.

Step 1: Here’s What You’ll Need.

You’ll need a pair of scissors, regular kitchen sponge, and some magnets. I used neodymium magnets which I bought from Amazon but are also available from Walmart, and most hardware stores. You could also use ceramic magnets as well. You just want magnets thin enough to insert into a sponge.

Step 2: Cut Sponge to Desired Shape

You’ll want to cut the sponge to the desired shape. This will vary based on what you’re trying to clean. I have another water pitcher vase with a very small neck which required me to cut the sponge to a smaller shape than the video above.

Step 3: Cut a Slit in the Side

You could use an exacto knife or box cutter but I just used a pair of regular scissors. Just be careful not to cut yourself. You just need to get a few cuts started and wiggle your way in. For the sponge you’ll be using in the vase try to cut in and over to the right. This way you can insert the magnets in and over. They will get lodged in nice and tight and have sponge all around them so they don’t come out when scrubbing.

Step 4: Insert Magnets into Sponge

I used two magnets each for the sponge on the outside and the sponge on the inside of the glass. You just need to make sure the poles of each sponge are going in opposite directions which will be evident because they’ll snap together and not push apart. When you’re done cleaning glass you can use the magnets for all sorts of wonderful purposes. I have one on my fridge holing up a manual can/bottle opener I’m constantly using.

Step 5: You’re Ready to Start Cleaning

Now for the fun part. Put one sponge on the inside and one on the outside and they’ll snap together and you can start cleaning your glass. It was so much fun playing around with the magnet sponges. They really stuck together and the sponge on the inside really followed the guiding sponge around and did a great job cleaning the glass from the inside.

At the end I just pulled the guiding sponge off the glass and the other sponge just followed along and snapped right out of the glass. You should have seen the smile on my face. Please share this wonderful tip with your friends.