A toothbrush is really just a tiny scrub brush, right? In addition to cleaning grout (check out our article on cleaning grout here), there’s an ever-growing list of uses for an old toothbrush once it’s no longer in the best shape to clean your teeth. And sometimes it makes sense to buy a new one just to use around the house, as you’ll see in this list:
1. Clean the track between a window and screen, the bottom of the window that touches the track, and around the frame of the screen. Follow along with a vacuum hose in the other hand while you brush.
2. Keep a new, clean toothbrush near the kitchen sink to use while washing utensils like graters and garlic presses that can be hard to clean with a sponge or cloth.
3. A toothbrush is small enough to get under and around fingernails really well. Sometimes a traditional nail brush can’t get into the crevices when, for example, you’ve been working in the garden and have dirt embedded along the sides of your nails or deep in the corners.
4. Use a very soft toothbrush dipped in soapy water or rubbing alcohol to clean around the hinges and rubber nose pads on eyeglasses.
5. Toothbrushes are great for cleaning jewelry. Just be careful if you choose to use toothpaste as well – not all metals and stones should be cleaned with toothpaste.
7. Clean dried mud out of shoe treads.
8. Clean around the hinges of a toilet seat with a couple squirts of your favorite cleaner such as Red Juice and a toothbrush.
9. Here’s a fun one: gently brush your pet hamster/gerbil/guinea pig. Your pet may find it relaxing!
10. Use on your hairline or eyebrows to touch up hair color.
11. Remove the silk from ears of corn with a new, clean toothbrush.
Do you have a tip to add to this list? Let us know! And check out Speed Cleaning’s Pro Toothbrush, with extra-thick bristles and an angled neck. This toothbrush is definitely not for your teeth! It’s perfect for those jobs that require, well, a tiny scrub brush.