Dentists recommend replacing a toothbrush every three months. Replacing the old with the new leaves an old toothbrush that still has life left in it when used in one of these five ways. First, place the old toothbrush (bristles down) in a ½ cup of antiseptic mouthwash to soak for five minutes or longer to disinfect it. Remove toothbrush from mouthwash soak, let dry and place with cleaning supplies for later use in one of these five ways:
#1 Scrub Stove Burners And Control Knobs
A toothbrush gets into all the little crevices around the stove burners and control knobs that a sponge or dishcloth can’t quite reach. Dip a stiff toothbrush into soapy dishwater or spray with favorite kitchen cleaner and the toothbrush will scrub away all the caked-on, splattered-on food particles that collect on these areas of a stove top.
#2 Remove Mineral Deposits From Coffeemaker And Kitchen Faucets
Coffeemakers and around the base of kitchen sink faucets are two areas that develop mineral deposits and stains from hard water. An old toothbrush will easily remove these built up deposits and stains. Make a mixture of one-half white vinegar and one-half water, dip the old toothbrush in the vinegar mixture and scrub away the mineral deposits and hard water stains from coffeemakers, sink faucets or any other kitchen surface.
#3 Laundry Stain Removal
A little elbow grease is sometimes needed to remove those tough stains like grass and blood from the laundry. A little laundry pre-treatment spray and an old toothbrush will remove even the toughest laundry stain. Turn the garment inside out, spray the backside of the stain and scrub the fabric with the old toothbrush, then launder the garment as usual.
#4 Grout Cleaner
The grout between a tiled surface will need an occasional intense scrubbing, but the intense scrubbing times can be prolonged with the use of an old toothbrush. The grout on often used surfaces can be kept looking cleaner longer by spraying a cleaner on the grout and doing a quick scrub with an old toothbrush.
Around the bathroom sink and faucets on a tiled vanity top, tile grout on the floor in front of the bathroom sink, commode and shower are the grout areas that begin to look bad first. A regular spray of cleaner and quickly scrub with an old toothbrush will keep these grout areas looking clean between intense scrubbing times.
#5 Remove Hair Care Product Buildup
The hair care products used in hair clings to combs and brushes and builds up between the comb teeth and brush bristles. Remove loose hair from combs and brushes, then place in the bathroom sink to soak for a few minutes in warm, soapy water. Remove combs and brushes from the water and scrub away the hair care product buildup with an old toothbrush.
A three-month-old toothbrush still has a lot of uses left in it. Use an old toothbrush in the kitchen to scrub the stovetop surface and remove mineral deposits from the coffeemaker and sink faucet. In the laundry room, an old toothbrush aids in stain removal. In the bathroom, an old toothbrush helps keep grout clean and removes hair care product buildup from combs and brushes. Toss the old toothbrush after a recycling use or run through a dishwasher or washing machine cycle to be used again.