10 Uses for Your Old Toothbrush

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Here are some handy ways to re-use your old toothbrush.  You may think this small little brush is only good for cleaning your teeth, but here are 10 ways you can keep the toothbrush cycle going including beauty and cleaning tips and tricks.

Step 1: Remove Crayon Marks on the Walls

Use shaving cream and a toothbrush to remove crayon marks on the wall.  My landlord will never know I used my door as a canvas!

Step 2: Brush Your Eyebrows

Beauty and grooming tools can be expensive.  I use this $1 toothbrush as an eyebrow brush.

Step 3: Clean Your Finger Nails

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!

Step 4: Clean Your Shoe Soles

When dirt and mud gets stuck in the soles of your shoes, loosen it up with your toothbrush.

Step 5: Remove Marks on Floors

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

Step 6: Clean Grout Grime on Tiled Floors

Combine 1 part Borax, 2 parts Baking Soda, and 2 parts water to clear out that funky grime between tiles.  Use this in the kitchen and bathroom.

Step 7: Apply Hair Dye

Apply hair dye yourself using a toothbrush.  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.

Step 8: Clean Appliances

Toasters.  Microwaves.  Coffee Machines.  Use a toothbrush to clean off crumbs and stains that fall in those hard to reach spaces.

Step 9: Clean Hairbrush

Lift the hair out of your hair brush by pulling it up with your toothbrush.  

Step 10: Toothbrush Bracelet

Finally, when your toothbrush is at the end of the road, make a purdy toothbrush bracelet.

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    _NightSky_

    1 year ago

    When my toothbrushes get old, I mark them "CLEANING" and use them

    To clean the sink or toilet!

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    Techno Boy

    4 years ago

    You can also use some toothpaste an a toothbrush to remove pen or permenat marker marks from skin , just put some toothpaste on your skin where the mark is and rub it with the toothbrush

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    the potato

    6 years ago on Step 10

    WARNING!-do not use tooth brush after all these uses you will get sick and might die!

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    jennybothaxBacon

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Also good to use--- minus the bristles-- to use in place of a stick to hold labels for marking your plants in the garden to identify them

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    majickthecat

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I used an extra soft child's toothbrush to clean a very young kitten's face. He was abandoned in front of our church so I took him home and gave him a bath and used the toothbrush to get the dirt from around his eyes and nose as well as brushing his fur.

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    NO! dont ever giv a cat a bath.they clean themselves up own their own.
    though iv never tried it, mayb MAYB warm water baths only, no soap.

    plus just brush ur fingers on on d face, the mud/dirt loosens n falls off...wash ur hands after tht.

    had 7 cats (5kittens/2 older) at home at one point of time, best part is wen they all decide to chase ur feet wen u walk by :)

    For your information, this was under the instruction of our vet. Out kitten had a skin condition that required a daily bath to treat. Also, my vet even suggests using liquid dish soap to treat flees on kittens. It's a myth that you shouldn't bathe cats. Ask your vet. They need them once in a while.

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    Did the liquid soap work. ??? first time ever in my 72 years that I have a cat, so appreciate any tips I can find. Thank you

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    Bimbler

    6 years ago on Step 10

    for the shoe cleaning bit an old tooth brush is ideal for getting polish into the the seams of boots and shoes and where the upper joins the lower.

    A used tooth brush is also useful for cleaning old coins.

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    Katie5757

    6 years ago on Step 10

    Tradition.. from when plastic was first used for toothbrushes.
    Discarded toothbrushed.. boil in a saucepan and bend when softened, remove bristles and link several together for a baby teething ring..
    They love the bright colours, and they are very effective in soothing the mouth.
    Brings back a lot of memories.. never ever throw out old toothbrushes. I currently have about ten as back-up, and I never replace my toothbrush often enough.