Dentists prefer that everyone replace their toothbrush every 2-3 months. That is 4-6 brushes a year. Multiply that by the number of family members and it really adds up. Now these brushes are no longer good for brushing your teeth for fear of bacteria and infection to gums. But why toss them in the trash when they can still have purpose since they really don’t look that worn out.
Here are a few ideas you can use to recycle that old toothbrush and not feel like you are throwing money away:
- Cleaning the bathroom is a real chore especially the grout. Keep an old toothbrush under the sink to scrub the grout with your favorite cleanser. The results are amazing. Normal wipes, rags, sponges and scrub brushes just can’t get into those little cracks as easily as a toothbrush can. Plus, the bristles are soft enough so they won’t gouge out the grout while you clean.
- Every day we wake up and put a comb or brush through our hair to lose that bed head look when we wake in the morning. Use an old toothbrush weekly to clean your comb or brush. With all the hair products people use there is always some left-over residue left on these hair tools. If they aren’t cleaned properly they will build up and look awful and possibly leave a sour smell to them if left untreated.
- Place an old toothbrush in the laundry room. Families always have an item or two in their daily or weekly laundry that seem to meet up with a stain. Put the stain solvent on the clothing and gently rub it in with the toothbrush. It will get deeper into the stain than taking two pieces of the clothing and rubbing them together.
- The kitchen floor is surrounded by cabinets and appliances. Mops don’t usually get up close and personal with the edges of the floor. In fact most food crumbs or dust that gets shuffled around from everyone who enters and leaves seems to get caught in that area. Use that old toothbrush after washing the floor to get out those remnants that the mop just doesn’t pick up.
- People with cats know that fur flies. It can get everywhere. The edges of carpeting are one place that it builds up fast. Vacuum cleaners now do get close to the edge but you would be surprised to see how much cat hair gets caught along the edges of walls and doorways. If you use an old toothbrush along the edges of the walls it will pull up the fur that gets stuck and ground into the carpeting. Doing this will alleviate extra hair left behind, dust mites and allergens in the air too.
How do you use an old toothbrush to give it more purpose?
© 2012 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved
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