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How to Upcycle Your Toothbrush

Some things are meant to last, like a wedding ring or a car. But others, like your toothbrush, have a shorter shelf life.

These bristled, plaque-fighting tools should be replaced every three months. But, throwing out your toothbrush four times a year can create a lot of waste in landfills. While it might sound a little crazy to save your discarded toothbrushes, you will see that they can be a useful item to have around the house.

But before you give them new life, run them through the dishwasher and then rinse them in a simple bleach solution that is 5mL of bleach and a liter of water. Once you’ve disinfected your toothbrush, try using them in one of these fun ways. 

Make a robot

All you need is an old toothbrush, some tape, a 1.5V button battery, and a tiny motor.  It is easy and tons of fun.  Get the instructions here.  Once it’s assembled, battle your bots for supremacy.

Get the dirt off veggies

Mushrooms often come with a bit of dirt, but they do not like to be cleaned with water. A soft-bristle brush will let you remove dirt easily and effectively. But you don’t have to stop at mushrooms, though. Other fruits and veggies can also be cleaned with a toothbrush.

Clean pesky dishes

The lids of sippy cups, stubborn Tupperware containers, and other hard-to-clean kitchen hardware can all be scrubbed efficiently with the help of an upcycled toothbrush. You can get into those hard-to-reach spots like between the buttons of your blender or in the bottom of a baby bottle.

Create crafts

A toothbrush can be used to apply paint, glue, polish, and all manner of arts-and-crafts materials. It is a brush, after all. 

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About the Author

Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder

My name is Jennifer Snyder CPO, Chief Executive Organizer of Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts, a Waco-based company of Professional Organizers that is not only focused on organizing the clutter in your home or office but also clutter of the heart and mind. 

I am happy that you are taking an interest in the benefits of getting your home and life organized.  Living an organized life is for everyone!

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