Multipurpose Your Old Toothbrushes

toothbrushSo far, we’ve talked a lot about ways to prevent dental health problems.

As you might recall from a previous blog, good dental health boils down to brushing, flossing, diet, and going to the dentist regularly. An integral part of brushing effectively is choosing the right toothbrush.

Today, we’re going to talk about toothbrushes and cleaning – just not in the context of dental health. Toothbrushes are good for cleaning hard to reach areas in your mouth, so why not use them to clean hard to reach areas in your house, as well?

5 Things to Clean with a Toothbrush (that aren’t teeth!)

If you’re like most people, you toss your toothbrush once it hit its 3-month life span. There are actually a lot of ways you can multipurpose your toothbrush and save yourself some money and energy cleaning around your house. So, grab an old toothbrush and get to scrubbing:

  1. Your hair dryer vent. Sometimes when a hair dryer gets old, it collects dust, hair, and lint in its vent. This buildup slows your hairdryer’s motor down, making the machine struggle to do its job. When this happens, most people toss their hairdryers and head down to the CVS to get a new one. You can use an old toothbrush to pick the lint off the vent and make your hairdryer work again. With the help of your trusty toothbrush, you can save some money, and your hair will be dry in no time. Of course, you should make sure you use an old toothbrush, because we wouldn’t recommend using the same toothbrush on your teeth afterwards.
  2. Clean ratty old Velcro. Velcro is a great adhesive material because the small hooks in its material cling to just about everything, including lint and hair. Dirty Velcro can look pretty tacky, and it can be an absolute pain to clean. Have you ever had to retire an old jacket (or sneakers) because you couldn’t get all the lint out of the Velcro? Next time, you can try brushing the lint and hair away with a toothbrush. Use a hard bristled toothbrush to brush along the grain of the Velcro hooks, removing unwanted hairs and lint.
  3. Scrub away grease stained stovetops. Grease stains can be a doozy, especially when rags and sponges are your only cleaning devices. Next time, grab an old toothbrush to clean the hard to reach grease spots off your stove. With a hard-bristled toothbrush, scrub the grease away in a circular motion with a little bit of vinegar, or your kitchen cleaner of choice.
  4. Clean away tile grout. If you have tile in your kitchen or bathroom, you know just how insidious tile grout gunk can be to clean. The deep ridges in tile grout make it a trap for dirt, mildew, and food crumbs. Instead of trying to scrub it loose with a germ-baring sponge, grab an old hard bristled toothbrush. Make a cleaner of ¾ cup of bleach diluted in a gallon of water, then let it cover your tile grout for about 20-30 minutes. After loosening dirt up with the Clorox, you can get to work by giving it a hard scrub with your toothbrush.
  5. Clean the seams of your car seat cushions. Car seats have a knack for trapping crumbs. If you have kids, then you’re probably even more aware of this phenomenon. In this cleaning technique, you’re just trying to loosen the crumbs up enough to vacuum them. Run your rough bristled toothbrush along the nooks of your car seat to loosen up dirt and crumbs, then suck them up with your dirt devil (or your favorite vacuum).

Toothbrushes are highly effective cleaning tools. With a little creativity, you can find a lot of uses for a toothbrush that doesn’t involve brushing your teeth. Albeit, when it comes to using a toothbrush, your primary concern should be brushing your teeth. After multipurposing your toothbrush, you might realize how effective they are for scrubbing away germs. This can be a good practice for gauging how strong you should scrub your teeth. Sometimes brushing your teeth too hard can be counter-intuitive, because you can weaken your teeth by accidentally brushing away your enamel. Next time you brush your teeth, remember that brushing pressure is a great thing to keep in mind.