Reduce and Reuse
Your toothbrush doesn’t last forever, but it still has some life left even when you switch to a fresh one. Toothbrushes should be replaced as soon as they start to show wear or after about three months — whichever comes first. After the exchange, you don’t have to toss the old one! It’s possible there’s a use for it. Here are some fun tips from the Placerville Dental Group, because while toothbrushes are vital to maintaining a healthy mouth, they’re useful tools for other purposes too!
Stubborn Stain Removal
If you have a stubborn stain on your favorite shirt or other article of clothing, apply stain remover and then rub with a toothbrush until the stain is gone.
Clean Grout Lines
It’s hard to keep grout clean, so use a toothbrush with water and baking soda to scrub grout to erase grime and keep it looking brand new.
Keyboards can be really hard to clean, but a dry toothbrush does the trick to remove crumbs, sticky spots and drips to hide the fact that you snack while working on your computer. Just remember to not use toothpaste or water.
Clean Jewelry, Small Appliances and Electronics
A toothbrush is perfect for getting gunk out of small, hard to reach places. Scrub out your coffee pot with a toothbrush and a solution of water and vinegar to remove hard water stains and make it clean again. An old toothbrush is also perfect for making jewelry gleam and sparkle, if used with jewelry cleaner.
There’s lots of other practical uses for an old toothbrush — these are just a few. As you can imagine, it’s a good idea to clearly label your old toothbrush for household use and keep it separate from the one you use for oral hygiene. By using a soft bristle brush to brush your teeth, along with flossing daily, it’s possible to keep your teeth for life! For other oral care tips and answers to dental questions, check our dental articles on our website or call our local Placerville dental clinic today to schedule an appointment.