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Uses for an Old Toothbrush: Epics Ways to Reuse Old Toothbrushes!

Finding ways to reuse an old toothbrush isn’t that hard. Actually, something is gratifying about doing it.

Discovering something to do with a thing you thought is at its end-to-life is excellent, especially if it is good for our environment.

Unfortunately for us and fortunate for the toothbrush making companies, our toothbrushes have an expiration date. To be specific between 3 to 4 months. 

So an average person can use up to 320 toothbrushes during their lifespan. 

Now multiply that for almost anyone who habits this planet, it’s a lot of toothbrushes, isn’t it?

Our staff recommends replacing your worn-out, germy old toothbrush with a new one at least every three months.

However, most people either forget or resist getting rid of what they think is still “working.”

Maybe if people had some ideas for putting that old toothbrush to alternative uses, more would take our advice?

Here some fun ideas you can do with an old toothbrush once the time to replace it comes.


1. Clean your Computer Keyboard



Your keyboard gets messy and dirty every day. After days (or weeks) of being messy, lunch hour crumbs, plagued with all sorts of germs and dust.

So, cleaning is a must. However, cleaning is also a bit tricky: you don’t want to damage a key while cleaning it, yet you want it to be as good as new.

Maybe the most popular, the toothbrush has proven to be a useful tool and the best friend for keyboards. 

Many of us tend to get some snacks in front of the computer. And after eating in front of it, we realize we made a big mistake because of these little crumbs getting in hard to reach places between the keys. 

Next time you find yourself with a dirty keyboard, you know which tool to trust. The best of all is that you won’t have to invest any money. 


2. Spot Clean Fabric Stains



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You can get them everywhere, from your muddy dog paws to just a clumsy movement that causes food to fall over your shirt.

So dab a little laundry detergent on the stain and gently rub your old toothbrush across it, taking care not to damage the fiber. The toothbrush’s a magical solution to rescue that shirt you love so much.

Some people resist the idea of using a new or old toothbrush for some of the cleaning ideas here.

The answer, we believe, it depends if it would gross you out using an old toothbrush.

Because once you use this brand new tool for removing a stain, it is, of course, off-limits for using on your mouth again.

However, there is nothing inherently wrong with recycling old toothbrushes by using them for new purposes after served its purpose for brushing teeth.


3. Clean Mud Off Your Shoes




Your favorite pair of snickers got dirty with some mud, you use water to clean them, even soap.

But some little mud pieces remain in your shoes.

The toothbrush is the ultimate solution for this kind of situation. It’s easy, soak your shoes in a bucket of water to soften the dried mud and then scrub it clean with some laundry soap and the toothbrush.

It works great on the rubber, mesh, or fabric portion of the shoes, but never use it on leather shoes.

To brush the shoes, you can use a magic recipe. We suggest an old toothbrush and a cleaning paste made out of equal portions of baking soda and warm water.

Dip the toothbrush into the mixture and scrub the shoes until they’re clean.

Let shoes dry with the mixture still on, and then wipe away any dried baking soda pieces with a wet fabric.


4. Clean Your Jewelry



After years of wear, you might not even notice that our jewelry has lost its shine.

Debris, dirt, and daily grime build up over time, making jewelry look old. Fortunately, there are many simple solutions for polishing jewelry.

You don’t always need a professional cleaner or expensive jewelry polish to breathe life back into your favorite jewels.

These easy-to-use home jewelry cleaners feature budget-friendly tools you already have on hand: your old toothbrush.

That ring you always carry is not immune to the cleaning, gardening, the washing, and even the baths you take; all these things cause jewelry to lose shine. 

To restore them, you can soak the ring in warm water for about an hour and make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to not get any scratches on the bracelet.

You may have to use some dish soap or soak it longer if it is extra grimy.


5. Cleaning Your Coffee Grinder or Juicer/Blender Blades


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This kind of equipment can get hard to clean, especially under the blades, if you forget to clean these immediately after use, cause the residues dry, and lead to a lot of trouble.

The solution lies in a little toothbrush that can help you scrub it clean.

Perhaps you resist the idea of using an old toothbrush for this since it was inside a mouth before.

But, it can be pretty useful, you can always disinfect it before using it. And it will be ready to help you clean.


6. Unique Paintbrush for the Kids



Yes, toothbrushes are not only for cleaning situations, but they can also be useful for creative stuff. 

They can be turned into brushes for painting. It can provide specific effects for the art you’re seeking to express.

If you’re into paper, give it a try and find out how this tool can be for your artistic purposes. 

Kids want to have fun during these times of quarantine, and painting can be an awesome idea. So, help them to be entertained and to find them new fun activities to do at home.


7. Clean Bathroom Tile Grout



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Perfect for cleaning a bathroom, especially for all the tight spots.

Use your favorite natural cleaner (Vinegar and waterworks for me most times, for stubborn grout I add baking soda).

This is one of my favorites uses because there are hard to reach spots in the bathroom.

Using your old toothbrush, you can easily clean them very thoroughly!


8. Detail Your Car


Hand scrubbing a steering wheel

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Sometimes car wash, they can’t reach the crevices. Because of this, the car can accumulate tons of dirt and dust. 

You can keep your headlights and taillights sparkly clean armed with just a toothbrush and some soapy water.


9. Clean Baseboards



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A toothbrush is perfect for deep cleaning of your home. All the fissures and nooks accumulated can be a headache.

Your old toothbrush will be your savior here to allow you to scrub those clean.

An old toothbrush is excellent for cleaning those rough spots.

People should try to recycle their old toothbrushes, and we can take care of the environment in the process.


10. Clean Your Hairbrush and Hair-dryer



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Cleaning tools don’t seem to help much here.

The toothbrush size makes it easier to clean hard to reach crevices like cleaning lint from a hairbrush, comb, or a hair-dryer. 

Of course, you can also use an old toothbrush to scrub and clean the filter on the back of your hairdryer. Usually, this should be done every single week.

This way, you can carefully use your hair dryer especially that the filter is created to act as a magnet for hair products, dust, and hair!


11. Clean Bicycle Chains


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That bike that you love so much has taken you to many places.

And given you extraordinary moments doesn’t need a specialized chain cleaner – just use your old toothbrush to spot-clean the chain links while it’s still on the bike.

To maintain your bike, keeping the chain lubricated is the key to peak performance. You shouldn’t get the first lube you see because it could be thin and not work the way you expect.

12. Clean Your Shoe Soles



When dirt and mud get stuck in your shoes’ soles, loosen it up with your toothbrush.


13. Remove Marks on Floors


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Use non-gel whitening toothpaste to remove stains from the floors and countertops.


15. Apply Hair Dye


toothbrush hacks to highlight your hair

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This may seem odd to you, but your old toothbrush can be of perfect help when applying hair dye.

For quick touch-ups to grey hair or roots, apply mascara to a toothbrush – it will blend the color in your hair better than the mascara wand.


17. Clean Hairbrush


How to clean your hairbrushes and keep your hair healthy at TidyMom.net


How many times do you have to deal with your hairbrush being all filled with hair?

You try to wash away all these little hairs stuck in your brush with water, but it doesn’t work.

The ultimate solution is to lift the hair out of your hairbrush by pulling it up with your toothbrush.  


18. Toothbrush Bracelet



Ok, this may seem like a crazy idea, but you can make a purdy toothbrush bracelet. 


19.Brush our Eyebrows


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Beauty and grooming tools can be expensive. Why not use your old toothbrush worth $1 as an eyebrow brush.

You’ll look beautiful and with perfect eyebrows thanks to your old and noble toothbrush. 


20. Clean Your Fingernails


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Brush that dirt out from under your fingernails. Just put a little soap and water on the brush, and you’re good to go. It feels nice on your nails too!

Zero Waste 

Now that you’re familiar with some good alternatives to use your old toothbrush, you have no excuse to apply them.

You will save some money and solve some cleaning and beauty problems, but you will also be recycling a useful tool.

And as long as your toothbrush remains helpful for your teeth, remember to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for about 2 minutes to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy. 

Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you don’t brush them properly.

It contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth brushing stops plaque building up.

Now to finish up, let’s have a quick review on:

Brush your Teeth Correctly

  • Aim the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line.
  •  Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
  •  Use a gentle circular motion.
  •  Repeat on the inside surfaces.
  •  Use a light back and forth motion on the chewing surfaces.
  • Spit out the toothpaste after brushing.

Remember, these actions can lead you to prevent diseases, when you visit Trust Dental Care is up to you and your daily habits to decide whether we give you bad or good news about your health. 

Dr. Cirenia Aparicio
Dr. Cirenia Aparicio
Dr. Cirenia Aparicio Miranda is our dentist in Tijuana and is hands down the best Mexico dentist.Distinguished by being one of the few members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Aparicio Miranda ́s work is synonymous with excellence and quality.She is a Mexico dentist accredited by the AACD and U.S. licensed dentist. With over 20 years of experience in the field of dentistry, Dr. Aparicio Miranda has changed the lives of thousands through her devotion to Dentistry and tender care.

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