15 things you need to try using your old toothbrush for 5



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Next time you change toothbrushes, you might want to reconsider throwing out your old toothbrush.

It turns out your old toothbrush might be more valuable than you first thought.

So just what can you use your old toothbrush for?

Apparently everything from a hair brush to a scrubbing brush.

Here are 15 ways you can use your old toothbrush.

1. Remove scuff marks from shoes 

Are your good going-out shoes looking a little marked and worse for wear? Well, with your trusty old toothbrush and some toothpaste you can get them back in order. Just scrub the scuff marks with your toothbrush and toothpaste until they’re gone!

2. Brush your eyebrows

If your eyebrows are looking a little unruly, don’t panic. Instead of buying an eyebrow brush, just grab your old toothbrush and use it instead. It’ll have the same effect.

3. Exfoliate your lips

Lips feeling a bit dry? You can use your old toothbrush to exfoliate them. Simply apply a layer of moisturiser to your lips and brush your lips with a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion to remove the dead skin.

4. Remove splinters

There’s nothing worse than digging around trying to get a splinter out of your finger or foot with tweezers or a safety pin. Why not try using your old toothbrush instead? Make a paste of water and baking soda and apply it to the splinter. After a few minutes, gently brush the splinter out of your skin using your toothbrush.

5. Remove silk from your corn

When cooking corn from fresh cobs, removing the silk can be a fiddly task. But it doesn’t have to be. All you need to do is grab your old toothbrush and rub down the cob with it before cooking.

Read more: 17 brilliant uses for toothpaste

6. Tame your flyaway hairs

Your old toothbrush can be a very handy replacement for your hair brush when it comes to flyaway hairs. Just apply a little bit of hairspray to the bristles and brush down your flyaway hairs.

7. Clean out your hairbrush/comb

If you’ve got long or thick hair, you’ll appreciate the need to constantly clean hair out of your hairbrushes and combs. Don’t ruin the bristles of your brushes and combs anymore trying to get the hair out. Instead, grab your old toothbrush and lift the hair out with the bristles of the toothbrush.

8. Remove dirt from under your fingernails

The bristles of your old toothbrush are also handy for getting dirt out from under your nails. Add a little soap and water to your toothbrush and scrub away. It’ll feel just like a manicure!

9. Scrub crayon marks off your walls

Have your grandkids been practising their art on your walls? With some shaving cream and your old toothbrush you’ll be able to scrub the crayon off and get your walls looking as good as new.

Read more: How to keep your toothbrush clean

10. Clean grout on tiled floors

Cleaning the grout between your bathroom and kitchen tiles can be a painful job. It requires a small brush – and your toothbrush is perfect for the job. Make up a mix of borax, baking soda and water and scrub it on your grout with an old toothbrush to clear out all the grime.

11. Give your jewellery a clean and polish

Getting your jewellery clean and gleaming can be a real challenge. You can use a slightly damp toothbrush to clean your delicate jewellery such as rings and bracelets.

12. Get rid of the grime around taps

There’s just something about the taps in your bathroom, laundry and kitchen that attracts grime. With a conventional scrubbing brush it can be hard to remove, but with an old toothbrush it’s a breeze. Just wet the area around the tap with vinegar and give it a good scrub with the toothbrush.

13. Tidy up your keyboard

Are you prone to eating at your computer? Are you eating while you’re reading this? Then chances are your keyboard could be full of crumbs. To get them out, just flicks them out with an old toothbrush. Your keyboard will feel less sticky and grimy in an instant.

14. Brush down your cheese grater

Cleaning your cheese grater can be frustrating at the best of times. Why not try brushing your grater with an old toothbrush before washing it? It’ll make it easier to wash and prevent your dishwasher or drain from clogging up with food particles.

15. Apply hair dye

Applying hair dye can be a messy jobs if you’re left with just a pair of gloves. But it doesn’t need to be. You can apply hair dye with an old toothbrush quite effectively and with less mess!

Don’t forget to clean your old toothbrush before using it for any of these tips. Simply soak it in some bi-carb soda or disinfectant and leave it to dry.

Have you found a use for your old toothbrush? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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  1. Great for cleaning your tracks inside your sliding windows do not use water, then vacuum clean,then apply a damp cloth for final clean

  2. Applying brass or silver polish to chased and moulded metal vases etc.

  3. I tie a bit of string around the handle for my bathroom ones. I use these to clean around the twos and in the drain. Bought a wonderful tiny hard bristle bottlebrush with long wire handle this fits down my sink holes to enable me to keep them a bit clean. Miss those old removable brass grates. Could give those pipes a good clean then.

  4. I save the old heads from my electric toothbrush, after cleaning my teeth I swap to the old head and clean around the taps, plug and edge of the basin . Power cleaning.

  5. When travelling overseas, carry an old toothbrush to clean the soles of your shoes to remove dirt etc. Then discard.

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