Time-Saving Paint Tips
Make quick work of painting cleanup with these tips
Between spatter, drips, and spills, painting can be a messy job. Make quick work of cleanup with off-label uses for staples you may already have on hand.
DISH DETERGENT To speed the release of latex paint from a brush, work dishwashing liquid deep into the bristles. Lather up—then rinse.
CHAPSTICK Apply the moisturizing lip balm along the edges of glass windowpanes using a cotton swab, and any errant paint will easily wipe off with glass cleaner and a rag.
COOKING SPRAY Mist olive or canola oil on your forearms and the backs of your hands before you paint so that droplets falling off a roller won't stick to your skin.
VASELINE Swipe petroleum jelly onto hinges and handles to protect metal surfaces from paint spatter.
SWIFFER SWEEPER This microfiber- duster mainstay is made for floors, but it also works wonders as a tack cloth on sanded walls, thanks to its 360º swivel, which captures dust in hard-to-reach corners.
SPIC AND SPAN The all-purpose cleanser has been leaving floors spotless since 1933, but it will do the same for your walls before you paint. Time-saving bonus: It requires no rinsing.