I've tried to use an old toothbrush, but it just spreads the grim around. And then there is always the old standby of using a rag and pushing it around with my fingers, but unless you have freakishly small circus hands or, in fact, have children to do your manual labor- it will hurt. Adult size fingers just don't go in those little slots!
But do you know what does fit in there?
- A flat ruler, butter knife, paint stirrer, thin spatula or any other similarly shaped object (knock yourself out world!)
- Put an old rag over one end of the long flat, thin object of your choosing (popsicle stick, ruler, spatula...)
- Spray it with your homemade all purpose cleaner or store bought all purpose green cleaner.
- Side note: I'll caution against using a traditional heavy duty all purpose cleaners because the AC is going to be sucking up any cleaning residue and circulating it around your house. I don't know if you want alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride traveling through your air supply-- just saying! But it's all good. I don't judge if you do. ;)
- Use the damp washcloth (wrapped around your thinly shaped long object) to clean in between the vent... thingies.
- I don't know what they are technically called and I think "thingies" is perfectly logical.
- Don't focus so much on the edges because dirt will collect there-- that's what step 2 is for. But you will probably have to move the rag around a bit on your object because if it gets too dirty it'll start to smear the dirt around instead of clean it.
- Repeat this process until all the vents are clean (except the edges where dirt collects)
- After you clean finish step 1, there will be gunk left in the corners of the vent.... thingies. Spray the Q-tips with the all purpose cleaner and use them to remove the extra gunk in the corners.
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