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Oct 4, 2015
Posted in: Tips - Families - toothbrush

Toothbrushes. You know you have to replace them every few months and it seems like such a waste to throw them away. Over the years, I’ve collected quite a number of toothbrushes and I use them around the home to do different things. Here are my top 3 ways to use old toothbrushes:

1. Art activities: who said you could only paint with a paintbrush? Why not try painting with old toothbrushes? Explain to your child that you have a stash of old toothbrushes that are too old to clean teeth but work perfectly fine as a painting tool. Try different types of paint or try mixing some salt into the paint for an extra special painting effect. When the paint dries, the salt crystals will add a really neat sparkle to the paint!

2. Cleaning hard to reach areas: sometimes, there are nooks and crannies that you just can’t reach by hand. That’s when the handy old toothbrush becomes ever so invaluable. All those fancy features that help to clean our teeth also make the ol’ toothbrush particularly effective at reaching ‘hard to reach’ places!

herbatint - the trusty toothbrush method3. Dying my hair. Yep, sounds ridiculous but it works. Those fine little toothbrush bristles are perfect for brushing on the right amount of hair dye to flyaway grey hairs that seem to have a mind of their own. Of course, I use conventional tools as well but sometimes having that old toothbrush really helps to add the final touch.


Yes, this may be a somewhat goofy post but I just couldn’t resist putting in a little plug for the ol’ used toothbrush. You spent money buying it so you might as well get as much use out of it as you can before you toss it away for good.

I wonder what else I could do with those old toothbrushes….

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