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15 Different Ways You Can Recycle Your Toothbrush

Good oral hygiene and brushing techniques include changing our your toothbrish every three months. This ensures your toothbrush is fresh and in good working condition in order to properly clean your teeth to prevent cavities. But what about your old toothbrushes? There are useful ways to repurpose and recycle your toothbrush without having to keep tossing it in the landfill. Here are 15 ways you can use those old toothbrishes when you are done with them. Just remember to disinfect them first.

Try These Unique Methods To Reuse and Recycle Your Toothbrush

According to One Green Planet, nearly 1 billion toothbrushes end up in landfills annually. Here’s some simple tips to help repurpose all that plastic.

1. Use Your Toothbrush To Clean Tile Grout

Use a little baking soda and vinegar, make a paste and use your old toothbrush to scrub your tile grout in order to get it super clean.

2. Use Your Old Toothbrush To Spot Clean Your Clothes

Do you have a small spot on your clothes that won’t come out? Use your tooth brush and apply a small amount of fabric cleaner or laundry detergent to the stain, then use your toothbrush in and up and down motion and tap the stain with the bristles to alllow the cleaning product to loosen the stain. Be sure to brush in the direction of the fibers to avoid damage to the clothing.

3. Clean Your Keyboard

Did you know your computer keyboard can trap dirt and dust inbetween the keys. This is a perfect way to recycle your toothbrush. Dip your toothbrush into a mixture of 50% water and 50% rubbing alcohol and then scrub dirt and oils off your computer’s keyboard.

4. Old Toothbrushes Are Great For Deep Cleaning Your Toilets

Your old toothbrush is an ideal tool for getting the underside of the rim sparkling clean. It can also be used to clean around the hinges where dust and grime can collect over time.

5. Perfect For Hairstyling

Spray a little hairspray onto a toothbrush and use it to tame the wispy hairs that won’t behave.

6. Old Toothbrushes Are An Ideal Jewelry Cleaning Tool

For jewery cleaning, soak your jewery in a solution of water and dishsoap for 30 minutes. Then use your toothbrush to loosen dirt and stains. Finally, rinse it clean.

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7. Brush Your Eyebrows Into Place

Are your eyebrows looking a little shaggy? No problem. Place a dab of Vaseline on your toothbrush and brush your eyebrows to smooth them down. Easy!

8. Old Toothbrushes Are Great For Cleaning Mud Off Your Shoes

Put a teaspoon of dishsoap into a cup of warm water. Dip your toothbrush into the mixture and scrub all over the hard to get areas of your shoes to get them clean. This method is perfect for getting at all the creases and crevices and textured fabric areas. However, be sure not to use on foam or pure leather.

9. Recycle Your Toothbrush For Detailing Your Car

Your car has lots of tiny areas where dirt collects. Use your toothbrush to get them super clean. It’s even a fantastic tool for removing that foggy grime that clouds up your headlights.

10. Clean Your Bike Chain

An overly greasy bicycle chain can make a mess on your clothing. Use your toothbrush to remove any excess oil and grease with warm soapy water.

11. Use to Apply Shampoo Or Hair Dye

An old toothbrush is great when you are in a pinch and need to touch up your roots or need to apply shampoo to a specific spot of hair.

12. Use For Spreading Glue

For DIY and craft projects, an old toothbrush is ideal for spreding glue around. Just place glue on the bristles and gently swipe on the material needed. You can keep the tooth brush in a glass of water in order to reuse it for this purpose.

13. Baseboard Cleaning

Recycle your toothbrush to use as a cleaning tool for your baseboards. The small bristles are great for getting into the tiny grooves of baseboards. Just dip your brush in a little soapy water and scrub the dirt away.

14. Clean Your Hairdryer

Dust balls often accumulate on hair dryer vents and an old toothbrush is the perfect tool for getting inside the tiny vent grooves to clean them out so your hair dryer doesn’t overheat.

15. Get Your Bathroom Sink Sparkling Clean

Get your faucets, drain and under any rims sparkling clean by repurposing your old toothbrush alongside your favorite bathroom cleaner for the ultimate bathroom cleaning tool.

Recycle Your Toothbrush From A Powerful Cavity Fighting Tool Into A Powerful Household Cleaning Tool

Proper oral hygiene requires healthy brushing habits that include changing your toothbrush every three months along with routine dental exams in between. We hope these tips for how to recycle your toothbrush were helpful.

Remember that brushing your teeth is the foundation to good oral hygeine. According to the American Heart Association, good oral hygiene can help prevent other health conditions including heart disease. If it is time for a checkup, please call The Dental and Denture Care Center at (352) 848-1050 or contact us through our website here to schedule your appointment today. Our team of dental experts are here to give you the best smile of your life.