While you naturally think of a toothbrush as just something you use to clean your teeth, you can actually use a toothbrush for many other everyday things that could save you in a pinch. Check out these extreme toothbrush tasks to get the most uses out of your toothbrush.
1) Brush Your Eyebrows
If you have bushy or unkempt eyebrows, use a toothbrush to brush them in place.
2) Keep Your Hair in Place
Your toothbrush can serve as a funky hair accessory. Instead of using chopsticks, you can pull your hair into a bun and push a toothbrush through it to keep your bun in place.
3) Remove Bubblegum From Clothing
A toothbrush also comes in handy when trying to remove bubblegum from an article of clothing, representing a perfect brush for scrubbing the gum away.
4) Clean Your Hairbrush
You can also use a toothbrush to clean your hairbrush. Simply use the toothbrush to get a hold of the stray hairs on your brush and lift it out of the hairbrush bristles.
5) Clean Your Toilet Rim
Light a lighter on your toothbrush about an inch and a half below the bristles. Once it becomes soft, bend it at a 90-degree angle. Use it to scrub underneath the toilet bowl rim.
6) Get Rid of Dark Spots
Use a toothbrush with a mixture of water, lemon juice, and baking soda to exfoliate your skin and remove dark spots.
7) Clean Your Keyboard
A toothbrush allows you to easily clean the surface of a computer keyboard, helping to scrub loose any stuck-on gunk.
8) Remove Splinters
Pat on a paste made from baking soda and water over your splinter with a toothbrush. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then stroke the bristles in the direction that you want the splinters to come out.
9) Make a Bracelet
Heat the toothbrush up with a lighter and form it into a cool-looking bracelet. Make sure to allow it to cool sufficiently before putting it on.
10) Clean Your Jewelry
Use a toothbrush to get into the small nooks and crannies on a favorite piece of jewelry.
11) Declump Mascara
If you find yourself with clumpy mascara in your eyelashes, simply use a toothbrush to brush the extra mascara away.
12) Exfoliate Your Lips
Exfoliate dead skin from your lips with a toothbrush. Make sure to also apply a lip balm over your lips first to smooth them out.
13) How to Fix a Toothbrush
Place a frayed toothbrush in hot water for 15 minutes to restore the bristles.
14) Clean Corn-on-the-Cob
Easily clean the tiny corn silk fibers found on corn-on-the-cob fresh from the garden before cooking.
15) Clean Your Air Vents
Use a toothbrush to clean the dusty vents in the bathroom and other areas of your home.
16) Apply Hair Dye
A toothbrush works perfectly to evenly and precisely spread hair dye throughout your hair. It works especially well for highlights and streaks.
17) Clean Your Hair Dryer
The small size of a toothbrush allows you to quickly and easily clean the vent at the back of your hair dryer.
18) Clean Your Stovetop
Use a toothbrush with a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar to clean a dirty stovetop. Baking soda-based toothpaste works great too!
19) Clean Your Refrigerator
Get into all of the nooks and crannies when cleaning your refrigerator using a toothbrush and a little elbow grease. Works great in the door seams of your fridge!
20) Smooth Flyaways
Spray a toothbrush with hairspray and use it to secure flyaways and smooth over your hair.
21) Tease Your Hair
Pretty much the opposite of the previous slide, but just as handy! Tease your hair how you want it using a toothbrush.
22) Clean Tile Grout
Drill a screw through the back of a toothbrush head. Place the screw into your drill gun and clip off the handle of your toothbrush so that only the brush head remains. Dip the brush in soapy water and/or cleaning solution, and use the brush on the drill to scrub your tile grout clean.
23) Clean Your Faucets
Clean away grime and hard water stains from your faucets using a toothbrush and some white vinegar.
24) Clean Your Fingernails
Use a toothbrush to get more easily get under the edges of your fingernails when cleaning them.
25) Clean Your Carpet
If you have a stubborn stain in your carpet, use a toothbrush to help loosen the stain for easier removal.
26) Clean Your Sink
Clean the drain area and edges of your kitchen and bathroom sinks using a toothbrush.
27) Clean Your Bike Chain
Take two toothbrushes and place them together with their bristles touching and tape them together by their handles. Place your bike chain in between the two brushes and spin the pedals so that the chains run through the brushes.
28) Clean Up Your Cuticles
In addition to working great when cleaning underneath your fingernails, a toothbrush also works perfectly when cleaning your cuticles.
29) Clean Your Walls
Remove crayons and other materials from your home’s walls using a toothbrush and a little cleaner.
30) Clean Your Keurig
The coffee pod area of your Keurig machine is tiny and hard to get into to clean. But not with a toothbrush. You can scrub up right in there and clean it out so that it will be free of bacteria and mold and will make your coffee taste better.
31) Clean Your Grater
Make cleaning your cheese grater a snap by taking a toothbrush to it.
32) Create Fingernail Art
Use a toothbrush and a little artistic ability to make some fancy art on your fingernails.
33) Clean Your Waffle Iron
You can even use the toothbrush to spread oil evenly across the surface of your waffle iron the next time you use it.
34) Create Hair Texture When Braiding
After braiding your hair, run a toothbrush in the opposite direction to give your braids a little texture.
35) Clean Your Can Opener
Has your handheld can opener stopped moving? Chances are the teeth in the gears are stuck because of all the gunk that’s caught up in it. Use your toothbrush to clean out those hard-to-reach spots in between the gears.
36) Clean Your Shoe Soles
A toothbrush works great when cleaning the soles of your shoes.
37) Get Rid of Blackheads
Rubbing a mixture of baking soda, toothpaste, and water on blackheads on your skin with a toothbrush is a great way to remove them fast.
38) Remove Marks From Tile and Linoleum
You can use a toothbrush with non-gel whitening toothpaste to remove stains from tile and linoleum. This hack also works great on countertops.
39) Clean Your Vegetables
Clean your veggies with a toothbrush when cleaning them before cooking.
40) Clean Your Appliances
Clean small appliances using a toothbrush and some cleaner.
41) Scrub your cutting board
Cutting boards can have very porous surfaces that easily collect food, grime, and bacteria. Keep it fresh and clean by scrubbing with some baking soda, water, and an old toothbrush.
42) Deep clean toys
Kids’ toys become dirty very quickly. Between kids putting them in their mouths and touching them with sticky fingers, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Every few weeks, give them a good wash with some Dawn, warm water, and be sure to scrub with a toothbrush in the nooks and crannies.
43) Add to your art supplies
Toothbrushes are awesome for adding texture to things like clay, paint, or even Play-Doh! Be sure to keep an old toothbrush or two at your craft station for some unique pieces of art.
44) Revive velcro
Those tiny little plastic hooks on the ‘rough’ side of velcro are what makes velcro clasp to the soft side. But it’s also a magnet for hair, lint, and other things that render it useless. Revive your velcro by scrubbing that side with a toothbrush to remove all the buildup.
45) Super clean your fish tank
If you have a home aquarium, you know how quickly algae and ‘slime’ can build up on the glass. No need to purchase a special tool to clean it–just use a toothbrush!
46) Clean your blinds
Blinds can be a bit tricky to clean. And although dusting them can be fairly easy with a soft cloth and some tongs, every now and again you’ll probably want to give them a good scrub. Take the blinds down from the window, place them in soapy water in the bathtub, and scrub with a toothbrush.
47) Clean your screens
Window screens are another one of those household items that are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning. Every few months, rub a toothbrush over the screen to get rid of any dust or pet hair that has accumulated.
48) Deep clean your car
Hiring someone to detail your car can be expensive. But with the help of an old toothbrush and some elbow grease, you can do it yourself! A toothbrush works great to get into all the small cracks and creases of a car’s console or stickshift.
49) Spot clean your laundry
Stains on clothes and other fabrics are bound to happen. Before tossing them in the wash, scrub the stain with some baking soda using a toothbrush first. This will help completely remove the stain.
50) Use to spread glue
If arts and crafts or woodworking is one of your hobbies, you’ll want to keep an old toothbrush nearby. It can easily help spread any glue that you’re using so you don’t have to make a sticky mess.
51) Scrub baseboards
“Baseboards can be difficult to clean, as a rag often seems to leave a lot of dirt behind. Using a toothbrush, make broad and smooth strokes across the top of the baseboard. You can either clean with soapy water or without, depending on how difficult the dirt is, for clean, dust-free walls,” says the Family Handyman.
52) Polish rod iron
Whether it’s outdoor patio furniture or simply a decor piece, rod iron can be tricky to clean because it often has curves and corners that are hard to get into. Just use some dish soap and a toothbrush!
53) Remove gunk from your flat iron
Hairspray and other hair products can easily build-up on your flat iron. Give it a clean by first, turning it off! Then, use a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol to wipe down the surface. For the super gunky spots, scrub with a toothbrush.
54) Apply dry shampoo to your roots
Dry shampoo is a godsend for when you’ve gone a couple of days without washing your hair. But if you only want to apply it to your roots, simply spray on a toothbrush and apply with ease.
55) Clean drawer and cabinet pulls
Drawer and cabinet pulls are items in our home that we touch very often. Keep them clean and bacteria-free by scrubbing them down with some white vinegar and an old toothbrush.
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