You've just finished with your toothbrush and you think it would be a shame to just chuck it, but what the heck can you do with it?! We've pulled together a huge list of options to give your old toothbrush a second life.
The most obvious thing to do with old toothbrushes is turn them into cleaning brushes. It makes sense, their small size means it's easy to get into those small nooks and crannies you can't normally reach.
Top tip: Clearly mark each toothbrush for the area of the house it will be used in or what activity it is being used for.
You don’t want to end up grabbing a toothbrush from your cleaning cupboard to polish your jewelry that has previously been used to scrub the toilet. 🤢
If you can't think of where old used toothbrushes would be useful to clean around the house we've pulled together an extensive list!
There's more to a old toothbrush than just cleaning though! Get crafty and use them to create interesting brush strokes or load them up with paint and flick it over the canvas to create a cool speckled effect.
If you can't use your toothbrush yourself you could donate them to a local archeology group or animal charity and hopefully they might be used to do this! 🤗
So you've used your old toothbrush to do all those household cleaning jobs and now the bristles look like this 👇
You might think that’s the end of your toothbrushes working life, but wait… there's more!
Pull out the bristles of the used toothbrush with a pair of pliers and pop them in the recycling bin. The handle can now be used for things like:
Plus, if are using a bamboo toothbrush, which you definitely should be 😉 they are excellent to practice whittling on or simply adding to the kindling pile for your next fire. Alternatively they can be thrown in the compost bin and turned into plant food.
If you have a plastic toothbrush it's best to send them off to TerraCycle. It's unlikely that your council will officially recycle them which means they will probably end up in landfill.
You can read more about the TerraCycle recycling scheme and how they recycle old used toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes on our other blog post.