STOP! Before you throw away your used toothbrush, just think of all the benefits it could bring. You may think your used toothbrush has seen better days, but it's a nifty little tool to keep around the house. Don't believe me? Check out what this baby can do.
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In the kitchen
1. Clean appliances with your used toothbrush
Toasters, microwaves, coffee machines, anything you like! Grab your used toothbrush and get scrubbing off those crumbs and stains that fall into those hard to reach places.
2. Remove clothes stains
Want to know the secret to really getting that persistent stain out of your clothes? You guessed it. Apply a stain remover on the spot and gently scrub with your used toothbrush until the stain is gone.
Check out Anushka's Ultimate guide to cleaning your clothes for more fabulous tips.
3. Clean your chopping board
I have one of those annoying chopping boards with the edges and nothing works better for getting bits of food than a used toothbrush. Seriously, once you start cleaning your chopping board with your used toothbrush, you'll never use anything else! Unlike a wipe, it gets deep in there so give it a try next time.
In the bathroom
4. Clean grout grime off tiles
Combine baking soda and water to make a paste and dunk your used toothbrush in to clear out funky grime between kitchen or bathroom tiles. This works like an absolute charm and leaves your tiles gleaming.
5. Brush your eyebrows with your used toothbrush
Beauty and grooming tools can be so pricey these days, why not give your used toothbrush a wash and re-use it as an eyebrow brush?
6. Clean your fingernails
Brush out that dirt from under your grubby fingernails. Put a little soap and water on the brush and you’re all set! It feels nice on your nails, too.
7. Those tricky spots around the taps
An old toothbrush is perfect for tackling those hard to reach corners around your sink areas. Wet the area with white vinegar and get stuck in!
Colleen has 21 superb cleaning hacks for a stunning bathroom to help get you motivated.
8. Apply hair dye with your used toothbrush
If your hair dyeing kit didn’t come with one of those little separating combs, have no fear! Apply hair dye using a toothbrush. For quick touch ups to grey or roots, apply mascara to a toothbrush and brush into desired areas. This will help blend the colour in your hair better than a flimsy mascara wand.
In the kid's room
9. Remove crayon marks on the wall
Have your little monsters left you with a pretty crayon drawing on their wall? Use shaving cream and a used toothbrush to remove crayon marks in a jiffy!
10. Remove dirt & dust from dolls and toys
Did you know your kid's dolls and toys are a haven for dirt and dust? A used toothbrush is perfect for getting in there and wiping away any nastiness so your kids can play happily. Store your kid's toys away with these sensational storage ideas.
11. Add it to your kids’ art supplies
A used toothbrush can work wonders when it comes to adding texture to paintings, clay, even Play-Doh. Make pretty creations using used toothbrushes as paintbrushes or to engrave cute patterns into their favourite clay - hours of fun and all for free thanks to your used toothbrush!
In the bedroom
12. Clean your hairbrush
Having trouble removing your hair from your favourite brush? Lift the hair out in no time by pulling it up and loosening it with your used toothbrush, voilà!
What do you do with the hair that you've removed? To properly dispose of it, find out in our article about if you can flush hair down the toilet.
13. Clean jewellery with your used toothbrush
Do you have one of those pretty necklaces or bracelets with lots of awkward twists and turns? Used toothbrushes are perfect for cleaning your favourite jewellery. The bristles fit in between those tricky areas and will keep your fave necklace or bracelet pretty and rust-free.
14. Revive your velcro
The small hooks on velcro are what makes it so nifty, but it's also the reason it attracts so many hairs and lint, but it's no match for a used toothbrush! Brush out the stuff you don't want to get stuck to your beloved velcro with the strong bristles in your toothbrush.
15. Clean the vent in your hairdryer
Once I found out about this hack, I have no idea how I lived without it! Get deep into your hairdryer with a used toothbrush regularly to keep it from clogging up and potentially becoming dangerous.
In the office
16. Clean your computer keyboard
Keyboards can be so frustrating to clean! Get them into tip-top shape with the help of a (dry!) used toothbrush. This will remove any evidence of your sneaky snack addiction or those random coffee stains, just me? Ok...
17. Cleaning your fish tank
You don’t need an expensive fish tank cleaning tool, just grab your old toothbrush to clean the fish tank or the fish ‘furniture’.
18. Clean blinds & window screens
Toothbrushes are a genius tool when it comes to cleaning the delicate blinds in your home. Just slide them across to get rid of dust, job done!
19. Clean carpet spots
If you have a particularly troublesome spot on your carpet, did you know you can apply your ideal cleaner and remove the troublesome spot with a toothbrush? Get scrubbing.
Take it outside
20. Clean your shoes
When dirt and mud get stuck in the soles of your shoes, loosen it up and prepare to rinse it off with your old toothbrush.
21. Clean bike chains
Used toothbrushes are perfect for cleaning in between your bike chains. Keep your chains squeaky clean by getting right in there and cleaning out any dirt to avoid rusting.
22. Clean the car
I’m not talking a full body clean here people! Rather, using a toothbrush to clean up your car’s interior. All the funny parts like the parking break, cup holders, dashboard area and so on.
There they are folks! My 22 weird and wonderful uses for your used toothbrush. Do you have any of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Don't forget to add us on Facebook or Twitter...