How many toothbrushes do you think you have thrown away during your life? We are advised to change our toothbrush every three months, so in theory by the time somebody is 30 they will have already discarded around 120 toothbrushes.
There are estimated to be more than 321.4 million people in the US which could mean millions and millions of toothbrushes are discarded every year. That’s a huge pile of plastic but have you ever thought what happens to them? Here at the Trust Dental Care, we have taken a look at the potential uses for your toothbrush after it has finished its primary job of cleaning your teeth. What we have found is that we are remarkably creative when it comes to prolonging the usefulness of our little-bristled friends.
Here are ten best life hacks for your toothbrush which could save you valuable time and money and your environment.
- Clean Your Nails – Admit it, removing that stubborn dirt from beneath our nails can be challenging and even tedious. Use your old toothbrush to remove it in seconds! Some people even keep one in their handbag just in case they need to brush up on the go.
- Keep your bike clean – A surprising number of people use their old toothbrush to clean the chain on their bicycle. Apparently, it is the perfect size to get into those little places.
- Back to the bathroom – Some toothbrushes are never destined to leave the bathroom. By far the most popular use of an old toothbrush is to help clean those hard to reach cracks and crannies in the bathroom, and it certainly comes in handy for scrubbing the grout between the tiles.
- Bling, bling– An old toothbrush is a perfect tool to give your jewelry back their shine and sparkle, giving you back your brilliant bling!
- Getting Fishy – This one goes out to anybody with a pet fish. You can use an old toothbrush to clean ornaments in their fish tank, as they need a clean home too!
- Help your furry friends – Pet owners can rest easy now as they can go ahead and pamper their furry friends, a toothbrush is perfect for cleaning a dog’s nails and paws.
- For the artists – For you modeling experts out there, and we’re talking more clay than Kate Moss, an old toothbrush is ideal to create texture on your creations.
- Exfoliate away – Many people use a toothbrush to exfoliate their lips when they are chapped. How somebody finds out this is a useful beauty tip is a different question!
- Hair tool – One for the home hairdressers, a toothbrush is perfect for picking out your highlights, so if you’re in the salon and see a toothbrush on the counter don’t be alarmed.
- Keyboard sweeper – Take a close look at your computer keyboard. Did you know that your keyboard has been proven to harbor more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat? A toothbrush is perfect for cleaning out all those little nasties. Going out for lunch might be a good idea too.
It is important to remember to change your toothbrush, or head on your electric toothbrush, every three months to help stop the spread of bacteria and to ensure you are brushing your teeth effectively. Be sure that before the next time you go to throw one away, think about how else you can put it to use around the house – and let us know if you find any usual use for your old toothbrush.