Using an Old Toothbrush for Cleaning Chores


The mighty toothbrush. Not only can it clean your teeth sparkling white. That mini brush of tiny bristles can reach areas in your home you would otherwise have difficulty cleaning. Even your old electric toothbrush falls in this category.

Just so you know a household of several people can mean several great sources of toothbrushes every three months. I keep a separate one for each room I use them in and two for the bathroom (you’ll see why).

I like the old style basic toothbrushes when it comes to cleaning. No rubber bristles and they get in corners good. Now this is just a personal preference.

Using an Old Toothbrush in the Kitchen

Use that old toothbrush around the sink edges and faucets where food can get trapped and grow mildewy. Ew! When you wash dishes day in and day out you want extra clean areas where your food may be touching. If you have an undercount sink you can also use your old toothbrush to clean under there (but for the deep cleaning that spot trythis machine instead).

Using an Old Toothbrush in the Bathroom

Again use that old toothbrush around the sink edges and the faucet. in your bathrooms.  Also you will want to use a separate toothbrush to get around the screws and hinges on your toilet. I store my old toothbrush for this dirty job with the toilet brush in it’s own caddy.

Using an Old Toothbrush in the Baby’s Room

When you clean through your baby’s room use that old toothbrush to clean the hinge area on your baby’s diaper pail. Another ew! spot.

These are just a few of the areas you can use a good old toothbrush in cleaning around your home. I also keep a few old spare toothbrushes just in case for jobs I would normally not think of. They can clean almost any tight space where you would need a small cleaning tool.

Some examples?

  • My bathroom scale has ridges all along the top. Cute design but not for the bathroom. I go over those with a dry brush every time I clean. It dislodges built up dust and lint.
  • Shower track doors. After giving my shower cleaner dwell time to loosen grime and debris I go over it with an old toothbrush to scrub the dirt away.
  • As with the shower doors you can do the same with your sliding doors to your porch or patio. I don’t use harsh cleaners here as I don’t want to strip the sliding door lubricant.

So don’t throw that toothbrush out! Put it to good use.

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