Did you know that the American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every four to six months, or when the bristles become “frayed?” However, replacing an old toothbrush leaves many of us, especially those who are enamored with reusing and recycling initiatives, wondering if we can use our dilapidated old pal for something else.
Although your old dental cleaning implement is now a shadow of its former self, many unexpected uses for your toothbrush can make it feel useful again; at least for a few more hours. Below are some creative and functional ways to repurpose your old toothbrush, before its useful life comes to an end.
1. Clean delicate areas. Use it with a dab of shaving cream or liquid soap to remove crayon, permanent marker, adhesive or a variety of stains from walls, hardware or even skin. For painted surfaces or skin, use care in applying pressure to avoid damage.
2. Clean your shoes. Clean black marks from your shoes or use with shoe polish to access hard-to-reach areas or cover blemishes.
3. Detail your car. Your toothbrush is just the right size and texture for tiny areas that are not accessible with larger tools.
4. Help clean the bathroom. Clean soap scum, mold and mineral deposits from difficult areas in your bathroom. Faucets, tile grout and spaces between the fixtures and the floor can all be easily reached with a toothbrush.
5. Clean your Jewelry. A light buffing with your toothbrush on jewelry that contains mounted stones will have them shiny and dazzling in no time!
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