I'll admit right up front that I'm not the world's best housekeeper. I'm not even in the running. However, when I do clean, I like for my cleaning tools and supplies to work. Otherwise I'm just wasting my time. My vacuum was getting a little sluggish, and I turned it over and noticed that the brushes were all gunked up and tied down with this yuckiness:
Gross, I know. I remembered seeing a Pinterest pin suggesting using a seam ripper to get all that out of there. I'm not a seamstress and didn't have one. As luck would have it, I happened to be headed to the craft store around this time, so I picked one up there.
I think I paid $2.49 for this, somewhere around there.
You just use the sharp part to rip out the lint/strings/hair/whatever. It's certainly quicker than using scissors or just trying to pull everything out.
It was a quick little poke, push, rip, twist, pull, and voila!
This took almost no time at all. Best of all, I really think it improved the suck power of my vacuum. This tip is a keeper!