Brilliant Ways to Repurpose an Old Toothbrush
Here are ideas for ways you can reuse and up-cycle your old toothbrushes. Ranging from repurposing your toothbrush to achieve another job to creating something entirely new. You will not only get more bang for your buck, but you will also be helping the environment.
Toothbrush Glue Spreader
Old toothbrushes are great for gluing and avoiding a mess. When your toothbrush wears out, put it back into service as a glue spreader. I always use a toothbrush to apply glue to boards for edge-glueing. No more spreading glue with my fingers or chips of wood. The soft-but-not-mushy bristles of an old toothbrush apply glue evenly and quickly. One swipe along the edge usually does the trick, coating the surface smoothly and evenly. Store the brush in a glass of water.
Clean Your Keyboard
Keep an old toothbrush to spot clean stains and spills on clothes or for messes around the house. To spot clean a spill on clothes gently work the cleaning agent of your choice into the stain. Use an up-and-down motion with the brush, tapping the stain with the bristles. Don’t use a back-and-forth motion because it can damage the fibers of the garment.
Restore Your Jewelry
A slightly damp toothbrush is perfect for cleaning delicate jewelry. Clean your jewelry with a solution of water (almost hot) and dishwashing soap. Soak your jewelry for about 20 to 40 minutes, gently brush it with a very soft toothbrush, and then rinse under warm running water. If needed, repeat.
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Clean Grout Joints With a Toothbrush
No matter how careful you are, you’re bound to end up with some thin-set in the joints between tiles. And if you allow it to harden, it’ll interfere with your grout job. A toothbrush works great to clean excess thin-set from grout joints, especially for the skinny joints between mosaic tiles. Let the thin-set get firm, but not hard, before you start the cleanup process. If you try to clean up thin-set too soon, you risk disturbing the tiles.
Get Rid of that Grime
Dust Your Blinds
Deep Clean Your Toilet
You know the hinges on your toilet seat? It seems like no matter how hard you try, you can never get the seat clean. It’s a grim place to clean but a toothbrush makes it easier to get shiny and clean.
Baseboard can be difficult to clean, as a rag often seems to leave a lot of dirt behind. Using a toothbrush, make broad and smooth strokes across the top of the baseboard. You can either clean with soapy water or without, depending on how difficult the dirt is, for clean, dust-free walls.
Clean Mud off Your Shoes
Hidden Toothbrush Organizer
I like to keep my toothbrushes out of sight. You can do the same with your repurposed toothbrushes in your workshop. Until recently, I kept them in a cabinet stacked on a shelf and they often fell out when I opened the door. Then I came up with the bright idea of cutting notches in the cabinet shelves. I used a rotary tool along with a woodcutting bit and sanding drum.
Quick-Grip Toothbrush Holder
Here’s a clever storage idea: Make a holder for your repurposed toothbrushes using large grip-type clips (the kind you normally use for brooms or garden tools, available at hardware stores and home centers for $3.50 a pair). Mount the clips on a piece of wood that you can hang on the wall. The clips work great to keep your toothbrushes secure!