It’s common knowledge to change toothbrushes every three months to curb the spread of bacteria. But just because it’s time to retire your old toothbrush doesn’t mean you should throw it out. There are endless ways you can recycle your old disinfected toothbrush that have nothing to do with keeping your teeth clean. Here are 9 creative non-dental ways to put it to good use:
9 Amazing Uses for an Old Toothbrush
- Kitchen aid: Not only can your old toothbrush remove the stubborn silk from corn on the cob, it can also clean your cheese grater.
- Splinter remover: The next time you or your little one suffers from a splinter, apply some water and baking soda onto the splinter and then, with your old toothbrush, gently brush the splinter out of the skin.
- Jewelry cleaner: Aside from making your teeth shine, an old toothbrush can add some sparkle when cleaning your jewelry.
- Shoe shiner: Use your old toothbrush and some toothpaste to remove scruff marks from dress shoes.
- Fingernail cleaner: When the dirt under your fingernails won’t budge, use a toothbrush to remove it.
- Hair helper: Whether taming your eyebrows or retouching your highlights, a toothbrush comes in handy for self-maintenance.
- Dog’s best friend: Use your old toothbrush to help keep your furry friend’s paws clean
- Computer: If your computer keyboard is overrun with crumbs, use your old toothbrush to clean out the bacteria-ridden gunk.
- Bathroom cleaner: Your trusty old toothbrush can help scrub the grout between your bathroom tiles
The next time your toothbrush’s three months are up, don’t be so quick to part ways. Think creatively for how it can help you around the house. Just don’t forget to sanitize it before you put it to work.