Have old manual toothbrushes or electric toothbrush heads lying around that you aren’t using? Check out these 5 ways to reuse an old toothbrush instead of just throwing them away.
I’ve always used the old manual toothbrushes. I’m usually one of the first followers when it comes to new tech, but not when it comes to dental health, apparently.
I’m not sure why, really, though I think part of it was that I wasn’t sure I’d really enjoy a powered toothbrush, plus they are generally pretty expensive. Did you know that manual toothbrushes are actually a technology that’s around 5,000 years old?
Yikes! This neat toothbrush video shows how they’ve evolved over the years.
Needless to say, I now am a huge believer in electric toothbrushes but now I have old manual toothbrushes collecting dust. But, I didn’t want to just throw them away.
5 Ways to Reuse an Old Toothbrush
I remember my own mom constantly using things like toothbrushes and old socks, etc. for cleaning. This made me inspired to think of a few ways to reuse old toothbrushes.
Just make sure you thoroughly clean the toothbrush by swishing it around in something like Listerine for at least 30 seconds, rinsing with clean water and then allowing to thoroughly dry. A dry toothbrush means bacteria can’t grow, so I like to store mine in a window that gets a lot of sun.
1. Clean up grout. My mom mainly used toothbrushes to clean grout in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Those small bristles do a great job of getting down in there to get all that icky grime out.
2. Clean jewelry. If you have any pieces of jewelry you wear most days, you know they definitely need a thorough cleaning now and then.
I like using an old toothbrush to help clean out all the little crevices of dust and dirt, much better than a cloth can.
3. Brush your eyebrows. I tend to go back and forth from sleeping on my side and stomach, which means I rub my eyebrows against the pillows a lot and often wake up looking like my eyebrows had a nice case of static.
Yeah, I think Mr. Savvy might still be getting used to that one even years later. Using a thoroughly cleaned old toothbrush to tame my brows means one less beauty item I have to buy.
4. Clean your fingernails. I like to garden (aka play in dirt) and am pretty hands-on in the kitchen.
That means some funky stuff can sometimes end up under my nails. Instead of buying a pricey nail kit that includes a fancy brush to clean my nails with, I just use an old toothbrush.
5. Clean anything with tight spaces/corners. There’s always something you’re trying to clean that has tight spaces that your hand just can’t reach like toilets, faucets, tools, electronics, etc.
I like using old toothbrushes to help clean things like this instead of trying to do weird yoga positions with my arms and hands. Just make sure to be gentle so nothing gets scratched.
The best thing about reusing an old toothbrush for projects like this is if