A decent-quality toothbrush should last around three months, and if the bristles are beginning to look splayed or frayed, it’s time to retire it and replace it with a shiny new toothbrush. However, instead of dumping the toothbrush in the bin, why not give it a new lease of life?
Why Bother to Re-Purpose an Old Toothbrush?
The thought of re-purposing an old toothbrush might seem strange, but it is environmentally friendly. It helps to keep your toothbrush out of the landfill, reducing the amount of wasted plastic. Also, reusing your toothbrush for a different purpose can help reduce your overall carbon footprint.
Getting Your Toothbrush Ready to Be Reused
Before you can reuse your toothbrush, you need to clean it thoroughly, and the best way to do this is to boil it in water for a few minutes or pop it in the dishwasher the next time you run a cycle. Now your brush is ready for use once again.
- Cleaning Your Bathroom
Your toothbrush is designed to reach right to the back of your mouth, making it perfect for cleaning hard-to-reach areas in your house. It’s great for cleaning the bathroom, especially around the taps and tiles and in all those nooks and crannies.
- Cleaning Kitchen Appliances
You can use a toothbrush in the kitchen to clean appliances thoroughly. It can also receive a new lease of life for cleaning your computer keyboard.
- As a Substitute Paintbrush for Creative Projects
A toothbrush makes a great substitute for a paintbrush, especially if you like to do art projects with your kid. The toothbrush bristles can create new and interesting effects that would otherwise be hard to achieve. It’s also a nice way to teach your child about the importance of trying to re-purpose objects rather than throwing them away.
- As a Beauty Tool
An old toothbrush can be excellent for taming messy brows. It is also a good device to tame frizzy hair and flyaway hairs. Just spray a little hairspray onto the bristles and use the toothbrush to comb those annoying little hairs sticking up, putting them into their proper places, and giving you a smoother and more polished appearance.
Storing Your Re-purposed Toothbrush
When you re-purpose your toothbrush, store it somewhere different from your bathroom. So put it with your art projects or with your cleaning supplies for your bathroom or kitchen to make sure it doesn’t get mixed up with your brand-new toothbrush.
Once you begin to reuse old toothbrushes, you may find all sorts of other ideas about re-purposing them. It can also be a great way to ensure you remember to replace your toothbrush every three months, just in time to use it for a brand-new project you have in mind.
Finally, if you ever want more advice on buying the best toothbrush, please just ask us. Choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles that won’t damage your teeth or gums yet still clean your teeth effectively is important.