I clean the bottom of my sliding door casement area and it gets into the nooks and crannies very well. I clean the dirt and buildup with the toothbrush dry. Then I take a wet sponge with liquid cleaner and then dry well with a paper towel. I also use the toothbrush to clean around any and all faucets. Use the brush dipped into jewelry cleaner or toothpaste (that's right, good old-fashioned toothpaste) and gently clean around the stones and all cracks and crevices. Air dry the jewelry on a paper towel and cloth. Clean the keyboard on your computer and if you still use a typewriter do that too. Disconnect your toaster and clean the hardened on crumbs on the wire areas and the sides of the toaster. I could go on and on but I think by now you get the picture. Happy brushing.
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2. I keep one to scrub out my bird bath. It's labeled "BIRDS" so I won't use it for anything else, to keep prevent spread of disease. (12/28/2004)
Save old toothbrushes to clean your fingernails after gardening. Recycling old toothbrushes become inexpensive cleaning tools!
I also have a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner for my home (I HIGHLY recommend those!) and I ALWAYS use a toothbrush to clean the dust from its hard-to-reach areas.
Quick joke: How would you know the toothbrush was actually first invented in Tennessee?
Because if it was invented anywhere else, it would have been called a "teethbrush." :o) (07/22/2005)
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Beauty Tip: Don't get rid of your old toothbrush. It makes a great eyebrow groomer!
We all know that old toothbrushes are useful for cleaning awkward areas around the home, but if you are a crafty sort of person or have young children they can also be a useful tool to add to your craft box.
I recently discovered that a soft bristled toothbrush is a big help in getting between toes and behind ankles when in shower or bath.
I use a toothbrush as a pot scrubber/scraper. It works like a charm, and I've never had it scratch surfaces. I use the brush part for scrubbing and the hard, plastic back for scraping.
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What are some uses for old toothbrushes? I have saved all my used one for years and they have all been put through the dishwasher so they are clean. I hate to just throw them away. There must be something they can be used for besides cleaning the grout between my tiles.
I use one to clean the vents of my dehumidifier between washings (brush away from the machine).
I use one to clean the grooves in my wood chairs in the dining room.
When I was doing a lot of paper craft, I would use just the handle (sawed off brush part) as a smoother to spread out glue bubbles.
You can use old toothbrushes to clean hard-to-reach areas of small appliances, clean a fan and window AC filter. They are also great for scrubbing nails, especially after gardening without gloves., and cleaning jewelry. An old toothbrush can also be used to cremove pet hair from upholstery.
I've used old clean toothbrushes for brushing stuffed animals after washing them.....it makes the fur nice and fuzzy again. I also have several I use for doing splatter painting projects. I saved a very soft one to brush my cat's teeth. I have one with my makeup to brush eyebrows and to fluff eyelashes after applying mascara... works better than the mascara brush itself. I'm a coin collector, and an old toothbrush and dish soap cleans coins pretty well without scratching them. Old toothbrushes are great for cleaning in very small crevices. You can use them to fluff the ends of yarn, string or twine when doing crafts, like adding fringe to an afghan, or doing macrame. I've also used them when refinishing wood furniture - can get paint stripper into and then off of tight spots. My last idea is for a specific craft... toothbrush rug making - you cut off the bristle end and sharpen the rest to a sort of dull point, and use it to "knit" fabric strips into a rug (Google Toothbrush Rugs for How To's). I'm sure there are many ideas people have used an old toothbrush for. Good luck and have fun !!!
I believe toothbrushes were made for cleaning anything that has a 'groove or crevice' as when dirt gets trapped inside a groove nothing works better than old toothbrush and q-tips.
I use these when cleaning my coffeemakers, especially my Keurig as it has lots of hard to clean grooves/crevices that needs a small long handled brush and q-tips.
Dipped in a little soapy water it is idea for cleaning delicate figurines and always keep one handy outside to clean all those dirty spots around door handles and door window crevices.
I have several hummingbird feeders and a used toothbrush works wonders around those little flowers/holes before refilling the containers.
Lots of uses!
Some uses I use for old toothbrushes.
Scrubbing shoes, can be a fun arts and crafts project if you have kiddos or little ones (grandkids) to play with paint as a paint brush, tease your hair, hard to reach cleaning spots, clean your ring gently (if the bristles are soft), clean bike chain, applying grease to tools, and so much more!
A fun, crafty way to recycle an old toothbrush is to make a bracelet. Learn an easy method for creating cute toothbrush bracelets.
This is a page about uses for electric toothbrushes. Even after the brush head is spent and ready to be replaced you can use them for cleaning small areas. An inexpensive brush is a great alternative to a pricey facial scrubber.