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How to Use your Old Toothbrush



Apart from being used to clean your pearly whites, toothbrushes can also be used for a variety of different cleaning-related tasks. When your toothbrush begins to look like it’s seen better days, check out these practical, everyday uses before you decide to toss it out.

Don’t forget to properly sanitize your toothbrush by tossing it in the dishwasher or soaking it in hydrogen peroxide before using it to clean surfaces throughout your home!

Cleaning Appliances

Coffee makers, toasters, microwaves, toaster ovens, etc all have nooks and crannies that can be hard to reach and scrub away the crumbs and food stains that accumulate over time. Use your old toothbrush to get into the hard to reach places that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Removing Stains from Clothing

Stains can be scrubbed away from clothing by applying a stain remover on the affected area and gently scrubbing the stain away using a clean toothbrush.

Cleaning Fingernails

An old toothbrush can also be used to eliminate the dirt from underneath your fingernails. Add a little soap and water onto a toothbrush and gently scrub the nail beds until they are clean.

Cleaning Faucets

Often times, the area around kitchen and bathroom faucets becomes built up with soap scum and grime. These hard to reach areas can be scrubbed clean using a toothbrush dipped in diluted white vinegar.

Removing Crayon from Walls

Remove crayon from your walls by applying a small amount of shaving cream to the wall and using a toothbrush, gently scrub the marks away.

Cleaning Kids Toys

Over time, kid toys can accumulate a plethora of nasty dirt and germs, which are, often times, in hard to reach places. An old toothbrush can be used to reach those places and scrub away harmful bacteria.


Cleaning Grout

Over time dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate in the grout of your floor tiles and cause them to look discolored and dingy. Say goodbye to the grime by mixing together baking soda and water to make a paste, then, using your toothbrush, apply the mixture to the grout lines and gently scrub. Although this method is effective, it takes quite some time to scrub each individual grout line. Learn about the residential tile and grout services we offer by clicking here.

Cleaning Jewelry

Used toothbrushes are a great tool to use to clean your favorite jewelry, as the bristles fit nicely in between small areas and can help keep your jewelry tarnish-free and shiny!

Cleaning your Hairdryer Vent

Clean the dust and hair from your hairdryer vent to prevent it from clogging up by using a toothbrush to gently brush the debris away.

Cleaning Keyboards

Computer keyboards are frustrating to clean as they become dirty quickly and it can be difficult to clean in-between each individual key. A clean, dry toothbrush can be used to gently remove crumbs, dust, and dirt from the surface of your keyboard.

Cleaning Shoes

Scrub the soles of your shoes with a damp toothbrush to keep them clean and shiny.

Cleaning Bike Chains

Stay safe while bike riding by using an old toothbrush to clean dirt and debris from your bike chain.

Cleaning the Interior of your Car

Use a toothbrush to clean the hard to reach spaces in the interior of your car.

Exfoliate your Lips

Exfoliate your lips by applying a layer of moisturizer on your lips and gently brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion. Rinse, then dry.

Scrub your Veggies

Using your favorite vegetable scrub, scrub your veggies using a clean toothbrush to eliminate dirt from your produce.

Do you know of any practical uses for an old toothbrush that wasn’t listed? Share them with us in the comments below!

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