I don't argue the points made – good health is beyond price. What bothers me is throwing away all that plastic, especially while the brushes "must still be good for something" – my thrift-mantra. So, rather than toss viable brushes, each gets second-life (once thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.) Slightly frayed toothbrushes are softer than most utility brushes and, because of their small size, are perfect for scrubbing household crevices without scratching surfaces. Their varying sizes, shapes, and bristle densities, make each toothbrush suitable for particular tasks.
Here's a Baker's dozen of toothbrush re-uses hubby and I have discovered:
- Household crevice-cleaning (medium- to hard-bristled, regular or denture-head, one per relevant cleaner to prevent unsafe chemical mixing.)
- Small appliance care and cleaning (sewing machine, mixer, food processor)
- Silver- and flatware cleaning (soft-bristled)
- Jewellery cleaning (soft-bristled)
- Personal care (small, children's toothbrushes work well as eyebrow & eyelash brushes, though regular sanitation is crucial.)
- Finger- or toe-nail care
- Hair-dye brush applicator
- Pet care: cleaning and combing sensitive areas such as face & ears
- Shoe care: polish or sealant applicator
- Shop implement (automotive, carpentry and metal-work)
- Gun (breach) cleaning – hubby says the shape of certain denture brushes make them ideal
- Fossil-hunting & rock-hounding: cleaning tool
- Cleaning fishing lures & tackle
What are your favourite re-uses of this indispensable tool? Please leave a comment sharing your own handy hint(s)!