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13 Uses for Old Toothbrushes

You’re supposed to change out your toothbrush about every 3 to 4 months and while you would normally toss it in the trash can, here are a few things you can use that old toothbrush for around the house.  After all, it is best to get the most use out of an item that you can right?  That is the best way to get the most for your money or avoid spending money you don’t need to spend.

Before using it for the ways suggested below, you should clean the brush with bleach to avoid any spreading of germs. You should also label it (permanent marker is best) so that no one then uses it in their mouth again.

  • Bring a splinter to the surface by softening your old toothbrush with hot water and soap and lightly rubbing it over the splinter.  It should bring it to the surface of your skin.
  • Remove dead skin cells on your lips by gently rubbing with an old toothbrush.
  • Use them as scrubbing brushes for the dirt on harder vegetables, like potatoes and pumpkins.
  • Remove mud or tough dirt from the treads of your shoes. 
  • Remove dirt from underneath your finger nails.

Here are some ways your old toothbrushes can be used to clean items:

  • Clean difficult areas of the bathroom, like the faucets, tiles and the hinges of your toilet seat.
  • Clean small areas of the house where mildew and dirt piles form.
  • Clean & polish your jewelry.
  • Clean bike chains.  Maybe even apply WD40 on the chain as well.
  • Clean the grout in between tiled floors.
  • Clean your computer keyboard.
  • Clean small oil/grease marks off tools/benches, etc.
  • Clean your silver

Are there any other ways in which you have used an old toothbrush?

We’d love to hear your tips & tricks, so feel free to comment.

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