This is what you can do with old toothbrush heads

Posted on October 20 2019

This is what you can do with old toothbrush heads


Whether they are standard or electric, toothbrushes don’t last forever. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3-4 months, or when the bristles get frayed. When it’s time to retire that old toothbrush, don’t just toss it out! There is plenty more you can do with it—or more specifically, clean with it! Think of your old toothbrush as a ready-made scrub brush that is perfectly suited for small cleaning jobs. The bristles are great at breaking up grime, and they can fit into tight spaces easily. This is especially true of electric toothbrushes, which often have extra small brush heads. They can also provide extra scrubbing power when tackling tough messes! While reusing old toothbrushes is wonderful, your mouth is known for harboring quite a lot of bacteria. Before reusing a toothbrush, make sure you submerge it in boiling water for 3-5 minutes to sanitize it. stay close while your toothbrush boils; plastic can break down quickly, and you don't want to come back to a mess. If you are not comfortable boiling your toothbrush, you can also run it through a dishwashing cycle. To help illustrate just how useful your old toothbrush can be, today we will be sharing some of the more surprising things you can clean with it. Our hope is that the next time you’re ready to retire a toothbrush, you’ll stick it next to the rest of your cleaning tools. Boil the bristles of your tooth brush to revitalize them and straighten out the bristles, this may give you a little more usage time and this should be done before using it for any other project.


Clean everything including the Kitchen Sink

Use old toothbrushes to clean the vents on electrical equipment such as microwaves etc. (remember to disconnect from the power supply before doing this). Toasters, microwaves, coffee machines, anything you like! Grab your used toothbrush and get scrubbing off those crumbs and stains that fall into those hard to reach places. A toothbrush makes a great helper when it comes to cleaning your small kitchen tools! Use it to clean your cheese grater, chopping board, garlic press, microplane, sieve, or any other kitchen tools with small holes. Use a toothbrush to scrub around the drain in your kitchen sink. It makes it much easier to get into all the divots of the rubber guard that covers your garbage disposal. If you have a particularly troublesome spot on your carpet, did you know you can apply your ideal cleaner and remove the troublesome spot with a toothbrush? Get scrubbing.


Deep Clean Your bathroom

If you have hard water, then you might notice mineral deposits building up on your shower head over time. Those deposits can eventually block the flow of water, so its important to clean your shower head regularly. Remove it, drop it in a container of vinegar, and let it sit for an hour or so. Then use a toothbrush to scrub all the loosened gunk away, and it looks good as new! Use a toothbrush to scrub out all the nooks and crannies around your bathroom sink’s faucet. You never know what kind of gunk is hiding in those small spaces! 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.


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. 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.


Spot Cleaning

Want to know the secret to really getting that persistent stain out of your clothes? 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 or apply a stain remover on the spot and gently scrub with your used toothbrush until the stain is gone. Use an up-and-down motion with the brush, tapping the stain with the bristles. Do not use a back-and-forth motion because it can damage the fibers of the garment. Get loose dirt off your shoes with a toothbrush. When dirt and mud get stuck in the soles of your shoes, loosen it up and prepare to rinse it off with your old toothbrush. Dip it into a teaspoon of laundry detergent mixed with a cup of water. Use the solution on the fabric, mesh, and rubber areas, but don’t use it on foam or leather.



clean your keyboard with the old brush

Clean your computer keyboard. Keyboards can be so frustrating to clean! Get them into tip-top shape with the help of a (dry!) used toothbrush. Clean grease and dirt off the computer keyboards with an old toothbrush and a solution of alcohol and water. You can even use an eraser to remove tough smudges on the keys. This will remove any evidence of your sneaky snack addiction or those random coffee stains.


Detail Your Car

A car has countless small crevices in need of a good cleaning. Use an old toothbrush to help clean the vinyl surfaces in your car! A toothbrush is the perfect tool for scrubbing ground-in dirt out of all those crevices. You can keep both your head and tail lights clean using a toothbrush and soapy water. Additionally, if your headlights are especially dirty, use toothpaste and a toothbrush to remove the grime.


Restore Your Jewelry

clean your jewelry with the old toothbrush

Your old toothbrush may be too soft to scrub your teeth clean, but it’s perfect for scrubbing jewelry! Do you have one of those pretty necklaces or bracelets with lots of awkward twists and turns? Used toothbrushes are perfect for cleaning your favorite jewelry. The bristles fit in between those tricky areas and will keep your favorite necklace or bracelet pretty and rust-free. A slightly damp toothbrush is perfect for cleaning delicate jewelry.  Clean your jewelry with a solution of water (almost hot) and dishwashing soap. Add a drop of gentle soap to a cup of warm water, then dip your toothbrush in and scrub rings, necklaces, and bracelets clean, or 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. Also Polish Metal, Metal items tend to trap dirt and residue in especially hard-to-reach crevices. However, you can use a toothbrush to polish your metals until they look brand new. In order to do so use baking soda, water, and a toothbrush to remove old dirt and oil stains.


Beauty Care

Beauty and grooming tools can be so pricey these days, why not give your used toothbrush a wash and re-use it as an eyebrow brush? Along w/cleaning they make a great makeup tool for eyebrows and lashes. Next get deep into your hairdryer with a used toothbrush regularly to keep it from clogging up and potentially becoming dangerous. Then Apply hair dye with your used toothbrush. If your hair dyeing kit didn’t come with one of those little separating combs, have no fear! Apply hair dye using a toothbrush. For quick touch ups to grey or roots, apply mascara to a toothbrush and brush into desired areas. This will help blend the colour in your hair better than a flimsy mascara wand. Finaly clean your fingernails. Brush out that dirt from under your grubby fingernails. Put a little soap and water on the brush and you’re all set! It feels nice on your nails, too.


Kids Issues

Remove crayon marks on the wall. Have your little monsters left you with a pretty crayon drawing on their wall? Use shaving cream and a used toothbrush to remove crayon marks in a jiffy! Remove dirt & dust from dolls and toys. Did you know your kid's dolls and toys are a haven for dirt and dust? A used toothbrush is perfect for getting in there and wiping away any nastiness so your kids can play happily. Add it to your kids’ art supplies. A used toothbrush can work wonders when it comes to adding texture to paintings, clay, even Play-Doh. Make pretty creations using used toothbrushes as paintbrushes or to engrave cute patterns into their favourite clay - hours of fun and all for free thanks to your used toothbrush!

If you do the things we noted you will not only get more bang for your buck, but you'll also be helping the environment. There are things you can do to reuse and re-cycle your old toothbrushes. After you have done all the things we have noted with your old toothbrush you can now recycle electric toothbrush brush heads. Once they're received by the recycling center, the toothbrushes, floss containers, and toothpaste tubes are broken down into their plastic parts, shredded, and melted into a hard plastic that's used to make new products. Fairywill is all about giving you more value helping the enverment, helping you home life, and your oral health.

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