How To: 11 Non-Dental Uses for Your Old Toothbrush

11 Non-Dental Uses for Your Old Toothbrush

We all know to should swap out our toothbrushes one every three to four months, but did you know your used Toothbrush still has a number of handy uses once its time in your bathroom is done? You can use an old toothbrush indefinitely to remove silk from corn, exfoliate your lips, tame your unruly eyebrows or clean your cheese grater before sticking it in the dishwasher.

Using a little water and baking soda, you can apply the paste onto your splinter, wait a little bit and gently brush a splinter out of your skin with a toothbrush. If you need to fix your beat-up dress shoes, you can use a little toothpaste and an old toothbrush to remove scuff marks from the surface.

It is of course a good idea to sanitize your toothbrush before using for non-dental uses, especially if it involves cleaning your kitchen tools. You can soak the toothbrush in a bleach solution, or soak in hydrogen peroxide for several minutes before rinsing bristles with hot water.

Got your own clever uses for old toothbrushes? Share with us.

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Serious question here: Is it really a good idea to use an old toothbrush, with bacteria from your mouth on it, to clean things such as kitchen tools? I guess this can be alright if you live alone, but you know what they say about sharing toothbrushes.

Oh, it should be fairly easy to strip away those bacteria with a quick bleach soak or similar disinfectant, then followed by a bit of hot water. It's not like you have to worry about damaging the bristles much for most of these tasks I wager.

Thanks for bringing it up Russ! I should have mentioned it in the blog post but you can disinfect the toothbrush with bleach or soak bristles in hydrogen peroxide and rinse in hot water before using to clean things.

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