5 Creative Uses For Old Toothbrushes | MI Family Dentist

You should replace your toothbrush once every six months and any time you get sick. This is the best way to protect your smile and keep your teeth as clean as possible. This brings up a good question though: “What should I do with my old toothbrushes?” Let’s explore some fun ways to repurpose old toothbrushes.  

Clean Tile Grout

Toothbrushes are great for cleaning tile grout. They are small enough to get into small grooves, and they will not damage the surface of the tile. You can make your own cleaning solution or buy products that are designed for grout cleaning. Just be careful about products with bleach if you do not have white grout lines.

Make Bracelets

Believe it or not, you can turn an old toothbrush into jewelry! Start by pulling the bristles out of the toothbrush using need-nose plyers, or whatever tools you have on hand. Boil a small pot of water and dip the toothbrush into it. This will soften the plastic so you can bend it into the shape of a bracelet. You will need to wear gloves or use a towel while you bend it because the plastic will be very hot. Use tongs to pull the toothbrush in and out of the water. If it starts to harden before it is in the right shape, you can stick it back in the pot to soften up again.

Clean Shoes

Scrub the sides of your shoes down to make them look like new. Mix a small bowl of warm water with a little dishwashing liquid and then dip the toothbrush into the solution. You could also use pre-made shoe cleaner if you like. Gently scrub the dirty areas of your shoes, and then wipe the cleaner off with a cloth or paper towel.

Scrub Fingernails

Get rid of the dirt behind your fingernails with an old toothbrush. This is just as effective as the specialty nail brushes, but it won’t cost you any extra money. Rinse it off when you’re done, and you’re good to go!

Clean Behind Computer Keys

Think about all the dirt, dust, crumbs and other gunk behind your keyboard keys. A toothbrush is the perfect solution. You can get into all the nooks and crannies in your keyboard thanks to the flexible bristles. You could also use canned air to help push some of the dirt out once you loosen it with your toothbrush.