12 Things to Do With Your Old Toothbrush

Toothbrushes have a lifespan of three or four mouths, but have you ever thought about all the uses for your toothbrush after it’s been retired from its original purpose? Here are some useful and creative ways to give your toothbrush a second life.

1. Clean your keyboard. Computer keyboards are notorious for getting dust, dirt, and crumbs in between the keys. You can use your old toothbrush to sweep away any debris. Be sure to use a dry brush to do this.

2. Spot clean clothes. Some stains need a nice, deep scrub to lift them out of fabrics. Next time you’re dealing with a stubborn stain, try applying the stain remover of your choice and then gently working it into the fabric with your handy toothbrush.

3. Detail your car. The inside of your car has lots of little curves and crevices that are hard to get into with a rag. You can use an old toothbrush to get into air vents, the corners of cup holders, the space around buttons, and more!

4. Polish up your jewelry. You can get into the small spaces in jewelry where grime builds up. Simply soak your jewelry in a solution of very warm water and dish soap for twenty to forty minutes before brushing it gently with an old toothbrush. Rinse the jewelry and repeat if necessary.

5. Clean mud off your shoes. An old toothbrush can get the mud and dirt out of the small treads of your shoes. You can also use a mixture of laundry detergent (1 tsp) and water (1 cup) with the toothbrush to scrub the fabric, mesh, and rubber parts of the shoe. This cleaning tip is NOT recommended for leather or suede.

6. Scrub the stains from grout. Those stubborn grout stains will come right off with the detailing power of a tiny scrubbing toothbrush. Just use it with your usual household tile cleaner and your grout will look like new!

7. Get hair out of your hairbrush. Toothbrushes work to clean out the leftover hairs and lint in your brush.

8. Tame flyaways. Once you’ve styled your hair, spray your old toothbrush with a little bit of hairspray and brush any stray hairs back into place. This will have your hairstyle looking sleek and polished.

9. Remove the lint from your hair dryer. Here’s another hair-related hack! You know the lint that collects in the vent of your hair dryer? Toothbrushes are the perfect tool to remove all of it and have your hair dryer looking and working like new.

10. Apply dry shampoo to your roots. Are your roots looking a smidge oily? No problem! Use dry shampoo and a toothbrush to touch them up, and you’ll be good to go.

11. Clean under your fingernails. Toothbrushes are perfect little fingernail scrubbers, too! Their bristles can quickly and effectively get the dirt and debris out from under your nails without poking or hurting your nail bed.

12. Add it to the art box. Old toothbrush? More like a new paint brush! You can add your retired toothbrush to your kids’ craft box. It’s great for creating interesting textures or painting 3D objects.

I hope this gave you some new, eco-friendly ideas for ways to use your toothbrush once it has retired from brushing your teeth.