Toothbrushes are disgusting. According to medicinenet.com, your toothbrush has "100 million bacteria including E. coli and staphylococci (Staph) bacteria". If that doesn't qualify as disgusting and even downright unhealthy, I don't know what does. Thankfully, there are ways to keep your toothbrush clean such as not letting it sit in a bacteria-infested, spit/water mix (see image above). This life hack can also be used to color-code your toothbrush, so that your roommates don't keep on mistaking your toothbrush for their own toothbrush, 'cause that's just nasty.
Step 1: Materials
You'll need the following;
- Cornstarch $0.89
- Water-Based Food Coloring $4.02
- 100% Silicone I (Silicone II will not work.) $5.21
- Two Disposable Bowls $3.19
- Two Toothpicks $2.00
Total cost: $15.31 (and that'll get you enough material to make at least twenty of these toothbrush clips)
Step 2: Mixing the Oogoo
Put approx. 1 cup of cornstarch in one of the disposable bowls. Squeeze about 2 tbsp. of silicone into the other bowl. Next, add 4-5 drops of your preferred coloring and mix the coloring in thoroughly. The water in the coloring actually begins the solidifying process of the Oogoo, so from here on out you only have a few minutes.
Step 3: Finishing the Oogoo
Scoop the silicone/coloring mix into the bowl that has cornstarch and roll the silicone in the cornstarch so as to make the silicone less sticky. If you have rubber gloves, now would be a good time to put them on. Knead the cornstarch into the silicone until the it starts to feel sticky again. When this happens, drop the silicone back into the cornstarch. Roll it around once again and repeat the process until you can work with the Oogoo without it sticking to your hands.
Step 4: Making the Clip
Roll the Oogoo into a ball using the palms of your hands. Then press the the ball into a flat circle using something smooth and flat (use your imagination, not your textbooks :-). Press your toothbrush gently along the center of the circle and wrap the edges of the circle around the toothbrush so that they almost touch in the front. Your toothbrush clip should look something like mine now, but your's isn't hardened yet. Wait about fifteen minutes and come back. Did you do it? No, really. Do it. Now. :-)
Step 5: Attaching the Clip to the Wall
O.K. Your clip should be solid rubber now. Cool, right? The next big challenge is how to attach it to the wall. After much thought, I decided to just stick it to the wall using a thin layer of water-silicone mix. I opted not to use food coloring for the glue because I didn't want to leave a color stain on my wall. Instead, I just replaced the food coloring with a few drops of water. This worked pretty well, but when I tried to take the clip off the wall some paint came off as well, and that is a no-no in dorm rooms. As a result, I attached it to the mirror and this seemed to work best. The rubber held the clip on the mirror without a problem, and when it was time for the clip to come off, it came off.
I hope you enjoyed my instructable! I've put a lot of thought into it but would like to make it better, so if you have any comments or suggestions feel free to leave them below! Also, if you made it, leave an "I made it!" comment below!