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10 Ways to Reuse an Old Toothbrush

My girls are rough on toothbrushes — they misplace them, drop them in the toilet, collect pet hair under the couch (what?!) or seem to destroy them long before the usual lifespan is up.

We buy a new toothbrush for each of them about once per month. The missing toothbrush always seems to show up shortly after.

Luckily, it’s not a total loss — there are tons of uses for old toothbrushes!

Before you throw it out, check out these great ideas to reuse an old toothbrush.


  • Bracelet 1 of 10
    Bracelet
    Boiling water will help you bend a toothbrush to your will. I think the girls would get a real kick out of these bracelets. It just might be a Scout project later this year
    Photo and tutorial via Stars for Streetlights
  • Paint Brush 2 of 10
    Paint Brush
    The bristles of an old toothbrush make for an interesting paint brush. I'd never thought of that before!
    Photo and more ideas via Childcare Land
  • Pollination 3 of 10
    Pollination
    This is a great way to use that electric toothbrush that's collecting dust. Attach a wire to it, then vibrate the flower to increase pollination.
    Photo and tutorial via High Mowing Seeds
  • Corn Brush 4 of 10
    Corn Brush
    I once bought a corn brush. Then I lost it. Turns out, all I needed was a clean toothbrush to clear the silks from our corn.
    Photo and more reuse ideas via Real Simple
  • Toothbrush Holder 5 of 10
    Toothbrush Holder
    A toothbrush toothbrush holder — brilliant! Glue the toothbrush handles into a toothpaste cap for a fun stand for your bathroom.
    Photo and tutorial via We Upcycle
  • Home Pedicure 6 of 10
    Home Pedicure
    Remove stains from dark nail polish with whitening toothpaste and an old toothbrush.
    Photo and tutorial via Hair Brained Beauty
  • Cleaning Brush 7 of 10
    Cleaning Brush
    In addition to scrubbing tile grout, you can scrub just about anything with an old toothbrush! I even keep one in the laundry room for tough stains.
    Photo and tutorial via Practically Functional
  • Hair Dryer Cleaner 8 of 10
    Hair Dryer Cleaner
    Clean the vents on your hair dryer with a toothbrush. It makes me think of other small spaces that can be cleaned with the bristles too — screens, vents, etc.
    Photo and tutorial via The Beauty Department
  • Jewelry Cleaner 9 of 10
    Jewelry Cleaner
    Make your own jewelry cleaner and keep your gems sparkly! All you'll need is dish detergent, warm water, and a soft toothbrush.
    Photo and tutorial via The Denver Housewife
  • Crochet Hooks 10 of 10
    Crochet Hooks
    This one is not in English, but the step by step photos are so good, you can follow along anyway. A toothbrush handle as a crochet hook. Who knew?
    Photo and tutorial via Katrai.ru

I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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