The average person changes their toothbrush every three months or so. This means that by the time a person is 20 years old, they have thrown away almost 80 toothbrushes! Now imagine how many are thrown away each year. What happens to the unrecyclable plastic that is disposed off?
Why can’t we put these old toothbrushes to use instead of dumping them like we always do?
Here are some uses for old toothbrushes that you would find useful:
- The most common use for an old toothbrush is to clean nooks and crannies that the normal dusting brush is unable to reach. It comes in handy when removing dirty cracks, or the excess concrete between tiles.
- Anyone owning a cycle/motorbike could use it to clean the chain, and the gaps in between the exhaust. The toothbrush would be the perfect size to ensure the maintenance of your two-wheeler!
- For the women – toothbrushes are perfect to clean jewellery such as necklaces, rings and bangles. Give these precious ornaments their lustre back, using nothing but an old brush to shine them back to shape.
- Not a very common way to use toothbrushes, but they are perfect to clean out the dirt between your finger and toenails. Admittedly, most of us have a hard time in getting the gunk that gets stuck between our nails. A toothbrush is soft, and has small enough bristles to do the job in a painless fashion.
- Anyone owning a pet could try cleaning their nails and paws with the toothbrush. Be careful though – see if the animals take kindly to the tickly instrument you’re using on them.
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- Toothbrushes aren’t just good for your teeth, they also help in removing the chapping from your lips. This is something a lot of people recommend. This might not be as good a solution as lip balms, but is definitely something you could use last minute before that date!
- In this age of technology, it has become a necessity to keep connected by using your computer. Prevent the gathering of dust on your keyboard by using a toothbrush to clean in between the cracks. This is perfect for getting dirt out from below your space bar. Especially when there is a high risk of bacteria spreading through the dirt on your keyboard. Keep it clean, just like you do with your teeth!
Next time you find an old toothbrush just lying around, don’t throw it. Utilize it – be creative. I’m sure you can figure out a much more efficient way to put it to use.
That being said, if haven’t already been doing so, make sure you change your toothbrush every three months, as this prevents the spread of gum diseases. It also gives you more toothbrushes to clean your cycle!