Frugal Idea – Save That Toothbrush

Is your toothbrush all worn out? Ready for a replacement? Do you already have a replacement ready – in one of those econopacks that you bought at a discount? Good!

Do NOT throw that old toothbrush away.

You can:

  • Use it to clean the hard-to-reach places around the kitchen or bathroom faucet.
  • Use it to clean out the crud in the kitchen sink drain.
  • Use it to clean dust off the coils of your refrigerator.
  • Use it to get those hard-to-reach spots on the pile of rocks exterior.
  • Use the handle as a soft prybar.
  • Turn it upside down and use the corner of the head to smooth out wet caulk.
  • Use the handle as a disposable stirring rod.
  • Use it to clean all the dust and insulation wrapped around an improperly installed light switch or electrical outlet (after turning the power off and testing it for no nuclear go-juice, of course).
  • Use it as a launching lever to toss kitty treats past Pookah’s nose.


I keep a couple of old toothbrushes in my toolbox, another couple with the pile of rocks cleaning kit, one under the sink in each bathroom, one under the sink in the kitchen, and a few in the wash room (they’re great for cleaning lint out of the lint trap screen).

Plus, those soft or hard plastic dental tools don’t decompose very quickly in a landfill.

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