12 Alternative Uses for Toothbrushes

Alternative Uses for Toothbrushes Other Than Brushing Teeth

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Alternative Uses for Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes are inexpensive, handy, and completely reusable. An old toothbrush is one of my favorite reusable item which I use for several cleaning tasks around the home. Prior to reusing an old toothbrush I recommend disinfecting them, especially if you plan to use them in the kitchen or for personal use. This can be done by simply filling a container with equal amounts of hot water and vinegar. You can also use a few drops of bleach mixed with hot water. Leave them to soak for two to three hours. Rinse with water and allow to air dry. They are now ready to assist you with your cleaning.

Toothbrushes are the perfect size for getting into little spaces that are difficult to reach with ordinary cleaning tools. The bristles work well at scrubbing away tough caked on messes and other grime. The following are some tasks that toothbrushes work well in getting the job done.

1. Clean grime filled spots around taps. Pour some white vinegar over the taps and give it a good scrub using an old toothbrush.

2. Clean fiddly bits in slatted blinds, curtain rings or tracks which can easily get dusty and grungy. 

3. Clean computer keyboards. Getting in between the keys of keyboards can be very tricky and annoying. An bristles of an old toothbrush is the perfect size for reaching any bits of trapped dust particles and dirt.

4. Get the grout between your bathroom or kitchen tiles gleaming again. Using an old toothbrush gently scrub the area to get rid of grout. Take care not to scrub too hard on or near the sealant because it could break.

5. Clean the hinges on your toilet seat.

6. Apply dry shampoo, highlights, or hair dye to your roots.

7. Tease your hair. If you don't have a boar bristle teasing comb, use an old toothbrush to tease your hair at the crown of your head or the areas along your hairline to get instant volume in the places you desire.

8. Keep your lips buffed up and kissable by sloughing off any rough or dead skin with an old toothbrush.

9. Remove a splinter. Soften your old toothbrush with hot water and soap and lightly rub over a splinter. It should very gently bring it to the surface.

10. Keep an old tooth brush on hand for spot cleaning stains and spills on clothes or around the house.

11. Clean Mud out of Shoes.

12. Remove dirt from fingernails after gardening. The bristles of a toothbrush are so much softer than a fingernail brush.

Have you ever found handy uses for your old toothbrushes? 

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  1. Yes! I usually use them to clean in between sink handles, my rings and more. They are handy to have in your cleaning caddy.

  2. I kid you not, I found my cat with my travel toothbrush in her mouth today....that toothbrush will now be for cleaning - eek! Love your tips, thank you!

  3. Yes, the work great to clean the garage walls.

  4. I do the same thing with toothbrushes. I even use it for watercolor art. Multiple uses for something really basic.

  5. Oh my goodness! These are great tips. I never thought to use a toothbrush for getting rid of a splinter or teasing my hair :) I do like keeping one at the kitchen sink for my fingernails though :)

  6. These are some great ideas, I have to admit I use my old ones for cleaning around the taps in the bathroom. x

  7. You can definitely recycle a toothbrush and use it for cleaning small areas in your home. These are helpful suggestions!

  8. I got upset one time when my husband took an old toothbrush to his white tennishoes and used it with some polish to make them white again. He then pointed out to me that toothbrushes aren't just for teeth and...well now they are a staple in the house! Lol.

  9. I use a soft bristled toothbrush on the intricate places in the wood work on the furniture. Works like a charm. :)

  10. I never throw a toothbrush, I reuse them for the narrow parts of the toilet. Thanks for the other tips that I am not familiar!

  11. These are all great tips! I've definitely used the beauty related tips with my old toothbrushes.

  12. thank you so much for sharing this great tips. there were things listed that i didnt know

  13. I use old toothbrushes to clean my son's shoes. It works really great!