Top 10 Unexpected Uses For Your Old Toothbrush

Ah! There’s nothing like a new, shiny toothbrush! Whether it was a gift from your awesome dentist, Dr. McNeely, at McNeely Family Dentistry or something cool and funky you found on an outing, it feels good and fresh to zing up your day!

Meanwhile, do you just toss that old one in the trash? Should you save it as a backup in case the new one takes a tragic header into the toilet? What to do, what to do?

Well, there are actually quite a few unexpected uses for your toothbrush!

First, make sure to sterilize it! Just because it’s not going in your mouth again doesn’t mean you don’t want it clean! Just boil it, microwave it, bleach it or toss it in your dishwasher, depending how clean you want it and then consider these ten unexpected uses for your toothbrush.

  • Clean the grout in your bathroom. Chances are you already thought of this, so let’s keep going.
  • Clean the surface between your faucets. Clean any little crevices in the bathroom.
  • Clean those hinges on your toilet. Somebody’s got to do it!
  • Clean those crumbs out from your computer keyboard (make sure it’s all dry after that sterilization you gave it before trying this – water and computers are not friends!)
  • Clean the silk off your corn. You’re going to boil it anyway, so scrub away with that old toothbrush!
  • Use it to polish your shoes. If you still have shoes that get polished and not just sneakers, a toothbrush has been a long, time-honored way to keep military boots sparkling and it works well for any leather shoes or boots using polish.
  • Cut the bristles off and use the toothbrush body as a plant sign – just use a thin sharpie to write your plant names on. This is best if you have a LOT of toothbrushes. Or just a few plants.
  • Brush your dog’s teeth. Dog teeth are important too! Make sure you label this toothbrush well.
  • Clean small engine parts or bike chains.
  • Use as a creative paint brush. Use your thumb to run across the brush and flick paint on a surface to become decorative dots or stars or other patterns.

What are your favorite uses of old toothbrushes? Leave them in the comments below!

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