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Using a Toothbrush for Cleaning

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A great reuse of old toothbrushes is to use them for cleaning a variety of things. This guide is about using a toothbrush for cleaning.


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By 16 found this helpful
August 24, 2011

Don't through away that old toothbrush. Carefully heat the toothbrush handle with a lighter for about 10 seconds and bend into a curved L shape. Dip in cold water to cool it down. You can use it to easily clean corners of windows, bath room wall corners, etc.

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By attosa from Los Angeles, CA

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December 29, 2010

Keep extra, new toothbrushes in the kitchen. They can be used to clean the handles of pots and pans, the coffee filter, the teeth of dirty forks, the rim of the stove, and the handles of the oven or refrigerator.

By Irishwitch from Aurora, CO

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By 6 found this helpful
July 20, 2009

I keep a toothbrush near my kitchen sink for cleaning. This inexpensive tool is great for the cleaning of many items; such as Tupperware containers with grooves, jewelry cleaning, glassware with raised designs, and to clean knickknacks. A little dish soap water and a toothbrush make the chore super easy!


By Dee Blucher from Dunedin, FL

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By 3 found this helpful
November 22, 2011

Never throw your toothbrushes away when you're done with them. I keep a stash for cleaning difficult corners in the oven or round taps or the plugholes. If you dip them in a little thick bleach, they are great for reducing dark mildew stains on tile grouting.

By Lucy from Oxford, UK

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July 30, 20170 found this helpful

Old toothbrushes make good cleaning tools. Cleaning and disinfecting them after usage can be done in several ways. This is a guide about cleaning a toothbrush used for cleaning.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 17, 2014

Don't use old toothbrushes when cleaning those hard-to-get places. If the toothbrush isn't strong enough to clean your teeth, it won't be strong enough for the job you are using it for.


Instead, use a NEW firm-bristled toothbrush and save it with your cleaning products for continued use.

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October 31, 20080 found this helpful

I got a large water stain on a leather top desk. I read the tip on using toothpaste, only I used an old battery toothbrush to work it in. It worked great and I finished with pledge. I also use the same toothbrushes to clean around faucets and sink edges, they are great for cleaning.

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December 29, 20100 found this helpful

I bought a cheap, battery operated toothbrush for cleaning in the kitchen for grooves in plastic containers,in between fork tines, pot handles. Other uses: cleaning combs, false teeth and the best one: cleaning the nose guards on your eye glasses. Endless possibilities.


By Keeper from Morganton, NC


Endless Cleaning Possibilities For Toothbrushes

For some of these things, I use old non-electric toothbrushes - I keep one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom for cleaning around taps and other areas where it's difficult to reach. (02/16/2007)

By Fiona Paterson

Endless Cleaning Possibilities For Toothbrushes

Brilliant! I have used regular toothbrushes, and it never dawned on me to use an electric one. Now, that is what I would call a Aha! moment. That is something I will definitely try. Thanks for the idea. (02/18/2007)

By Brenda

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