Stop! Before you throw away your old toothbrush, check out our list of 40 things you can clean with this humble but mighty little scrubber. Prior to re-assigning it to new jobs, soak the bristle part in vinegar for 30 minutes, then run it through the dishwasher a few times.

Here’s our A-Z list of all the many ways to repurpose your old toothbrush:

  1. All-things-hair. To deter lice, wash brushes, combs, and hair accessories on a weekly basis. First, remove hair strands. Next, make a cleaning gel with a couple squirts of liquid soap and a couple drops of tea tree oil. Scrub paste in with your old toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly. Air dry.
  2. Backpacks.
  3. Baking pans.
  4. Barbies and dolls. If dolls have been dragged through the mud, get your kids to scrub their tiny hands, feet and faces clean with a kid-sized toothbrush.
  5. Bathroom sink grout.
  6. Bike helmet, straps and foam.
  7. Blender parts.
  8. Computer keyboard. Remove crumbs, fluff and dust from your computer keyboard.
  9. Cutting board. After each use, scrub your plastic, wood or granite cutting board using an old toothbrush and dish soap. To remove strong odours like onion, garlic or seafood, squirt a couple drops of lemon juice concentrate onto cutting board and scrub.
  10. Dirty nails. Gardeners, no need for fancy manicure tools after a day in the garden. A soft toothbrush will remove dirt and grime from your cuticles and under your nails.
  11. Dishwasher detergent dispenser. Pour too much powdered detergent into the dispenser and now you can’t shut the flap? Just brush it out.
  12. Dishwasher removable filters.
  13. Dryer lint trap. After each and every use, brush the dryer lint trap clean.
  14. Fine mesh strainers.
  15. Flip flops. From footstraps, footbed, to sole, get it all gleaming with a toothbrush.
  16. Floor and wall tile grout. Toothbrushes can clean grout, no matter how narrow it is.
  17. Garlic press. Contrary to popular complaint, cleaning the garlic press is easy-peasy with an old toothbrush.
  18. Kettle.
  19. Kitchen sink grout. Easily clean the grout behind the kitchen faucet.
  20. Lego. Dried pudding, oatmeal, stickiness begone(!) with a couple scrubs of the brush.
  21. Outdoor string lights. Dead bugs, dirt and pollen be gone!
  22. Paint brush. Too rainy for outdoor play? Turn your kitchen into an art garage – no fancy tools required. Dip old toothbrushes into the paint for fab effects.
  23. Plastic weave chairs. Once upon a time, a tiny brother and sister pressed moulding clay into all the outdoor plastic weave chairs. The only thing that removed the mess was patience of steel and a toothbrush.
  24. Potatoes, squash and pumpkins.
  25. Reusable drink container. Forgot to wash your smoothie and protein drink containers and lids right away? Just rinse messy things with hot water, then scrub away with a toothbrush.
  26. Razor.
  27. Rollerblades.
  28. Sailboat. No matter how big your boat is, everything on it is small. Nothing scrubs the bathroom (“head”) sink as clean as a toothbrush!
  29. Shoes and boots. The soles of our shoes tend to track the most offensive things into the home (dog doo, pigeon poop, mud, salt, etc). Get treads clean with a toothbrush.
  30. Shower door. Scrub mould, slime and water stains from the translucent vinyl seal on the shower door.
  31. Skateboards.
  32. Snowshoes.
  33. Soap dish.
  34. Staging the house. Brush around light switch panel, baseboards, door knobs, stove door handle, control panel and around knobs.
  35. Stain remover. Spill marinara sauce all over your favourite tablecloth? Rinse in cold water, then with the lightest touch scrub stain with toothbrush and mild liquid soap.
  36. Suitcases.
  37. Vehicles. Nothing scrubs away crumbs on upholstery, dried mud off carpet, and jello out of car seats, like a toothbrush.
  38. Waffle maker.
  39. Yoga mat.
  40. Zippers.



Photo by Pawel Czerwinski