Do you ever feel like your vacuum just isn’t cutting it? While lackluster performance is sometimes due to user error (like neglecting to regularly give your vacuum a good, thorough cleaning, for example), even the most powerful and well-kept vacuums can struggle to remove dirt from tight spaces.
Why? Well, the majority of vacuums just can’t get close enough, even with the aid of the attachments that came with them! Many vacuums just aren’t nimble enough to reach deep into the small spaces where dirt and dust accumulate, such as sliding door tracks and car cup holders.
While I still use my DIY cardboard vacuum attachment hack, sometimes even that is too large and inflexible to get the job done. But I recently learned about a new DIY vacuum attachment that’s perfect for tight spaces, I knew I had to give it a try (especially since I only needed some straws and a rubber band to do it!)
The results have been every bit as successful as I could have hoped for, and this “nooks and crannies” tool has earned its place in my arsenal of vacuum hacks! Here’s how it works, so you can give it a try for yourself!
How To Make A DIY Vacuum Attachment For Nooks And Crannies
Grab a handful of drink straws and tuck them into the end of your vacuum hose. Add or remove straws as needed until you have an amount that fits snugly (but not so snugly that you wind up with bent or squished straws.)
Once you’ve figured out the ideal amount of straws, remove them and wrap the rubber band around them to secure them together.
Insert the secured bundle of straws into your vacuum hose, and your new vacuum attachment is ready to use!
4 Filthy Places To Clean With Your DIY Vacuum Attachment
I have yet to find a space too small for this awesome extension to come in handy! Here are just a few of the nooks and crannies you can clean out easily with your newly fashioned vacuum attachment.
1. Window & Door Tracks
Open your doors and windows and let the fresh air flow! The straws can squeeze into even the thinnest door and window tracks to suck up dirt, pollen, and any other natural debris that may find its way to the threshold of your home.
2. Car Dashboards & Consoles
The flexibility of the straws makes this attachment ideal for cleaning out your car. They can make short work of cup holders, air vents, and even the dreaded gap between the seat and center console! (And for more car cleaning tips and tricks, check out this list!)
3. Vents & Fans
Air vents, exhaust fans, and even dusty vent covers don’t stand a chance against this nimble attachment! Keeping your vents and exhaust fans clean is one of the best ways to ensure they continue functioning properly.
4. Cabinet Corners
Who knows what’s lurking in the dark and dusty corners of your cabinets, drawers, and pantry? Just use this DIY attachment to clear out crumbs and cobwebs from those hard-to-reach places, and you’ll be able to answer that question with the best possible answer: “Nothing!”
Are there any narrow spaces that you struggle to clean with your current vacuum attachments?