As a companion piece to my jar post, obviously you need something effective to clean out all those jars. In Notting Hill there is a great hardware shop that sells a selection of brushes. I’ve been collecting brushes for a while. French Hardware shops are probably my favourite, I can spend hours poring over Opinel knives and pernod dosers.
The one on the left is a squeezy handled brush, great for glasses, getting off lipstick stains. The one on the right has a little black tickly bit on the end, I suppose to do the bottom. These brushes are also good for vases and bottles.
All kinds of bottle brushes…one’s with angles, different textures, different lengths. I just like the combination of wood and wire and bristle. It’s a pleasure washing up with these.
I got this fireside dust pan and brush in France, tied a gingham ribbon around the handle and use it generally, not just for fires.
You can see this is well loved. Kept by the sink, it’s a vegetable brush. It ends up doing service for everything really.
The pan on the left I picked up in Italy, it has a long handle. I’d really like one of these to go with it. But can I justify spending £45 on a brush?