Your toothbrush and toothpaste are a daily part of your life, but it’s not often that you’d think of using them for anything other than keeping your teeth sparkly clean. But, surprisingly, these two everyday items can come in handy for lots of other household and personal use. So, instead of restricting them to purely dental cleaning purposes, try these other uses for toothbrushes and toothpaste!
Other Uses for Your Toothbrush
Clean nooks and crannies – Toothbrushes make the perfect cleaning tools for almost any household or personal item that has small, irregularly shaped or hard to reach parts. Here are just a few examples of how to use a toothbrush to keep household items clean:
- Use an old toothbrush to clean mud or dirt from the tread of shoes.
- Clean dust and particles from computer keyboards.
- Clean brush bristles and the teeth on combs.
- Have a cheese grater or garlic press? Keep them unclogged by scrubbing with a new or old toothbrush.
- An old toothbrush is perfect for cleaning delicate jewelry.
- Use a toothbrush to lightly scrub the grout between bathroom or kitchen tiles.
Scrub veggies – Use a toothbrush to scrub store-bought or garden-grown veggies.
Exfoliate lips – Apply moisturizer to lips and scrub them in a circular motion with a soft-bristled toothbrush to help remove dead skin.
Remove a splinter – Stubborn splinters can be more easily removed by applying a paste of baking soda and water, then using a hard-bristled toothbrush to brush the splinter out.
One note: before using an old or used toothbrush, let it soak in hot water with a tiny amount of bleach or a 50/50 vinegar and water solution for at least an hour, then air dry.
Other Uses for Toothpaste
Polish bathroom and kitchen fixtures – The fine abrasive in non-gel toothpaste works just as well as many commercial chrome cleaners. Rub toothpaste on chrome fixtures, then buff off with a soft, dry cloth.
Treat a pimple, bug bite or sting – Apply a dab of non-gel, non-whitening toothpaste to a blemish before bed, then wash it off in the morning. The toothpaste dries out and helps shrink the unsightly blemish.
Remove crayon from painted walls – Do your little Picassos love to use your walls as a canvas? Squirt some non-gel toothpaste on a sponge or on the wall itself and scrub those crayon marks away.
Remove food smells from hands – Smelly kitchen items like chopped onions, garlic, or curry powder can linger on your hands long after you’re finished working with them. To get rid of kitchen smells, wash your hands with some toothpaste.
Keep bathroom mirrors from fogging up – Can’t see yourself in a fogged-up bathroom mirror? Try coating your mirror with non-gel toothpaste and wiping it off before you get in the shower. The toothpaste will prevent the mirror from fogging.
Not sure if you’re using the right toothbrush or toothpaste? Want more ideas for using toothbrushes and toothpaste? Come in for a visit with Dr. Flanagan and get all of your dental-related questions answered!