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Don't turf out the old toothbrush just yet!

Next time you replace your toothbrush, don't throw out the old one. Toothpaste and a toothbrush can be very useful around the home.

Kids ride their bikes through the muddy puddles on a rainy day? Get them to grab an old toothbrush to clean the caked on mud from their bicycle chain.

 A dab of toothpaste on a pimple helps clear up that zit by the morning. Ensure you use a non-whitening toothpaste and don’t forget to wash it off before you head out for the day!

An old toothbrush is ideal for cleaning the filter cover and drain pipe of your washing machine. It can assist in removing the lint from your lint cover of the clothes dryer too.

A dab of non-whitening toothpaste does wonders in cleaning the scuff marks on leather shoes. Rub a small amount onto the marks with a cloth and then wipe off gently with a damp cloth. Another maintenance job for the kids!

An old toothbrush is great at cleaning dirt and dried mud from the tread patterns of your shoes. Okay, and dog poop!

Dab a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and gently clean your diamond ring and jewellery to restore them to their shining glory. Don’t forget to wipe over the jewellery with a soft cloth afterwards.

An old toothbrush is useful in cleaning the fiddly hinges of a toilet seat. Kids take turns in cleaning the toilet? What? Another maintenance job, they mutter? Ensure your toothbrush is safely out of sight!

Use an old toothbrush to groom your beautiful eyebrows or to tame a moustache. It can even be useful in brushing out food residues from a beard after a meal. Just don’t do it over the dining table on your first date.

Dirt trapped under your fingernails? Not a problem with an old toothbrush! Keep one in the tool box and one in the gardening shed. You can even use toothpaste to buff your nails with the toothbrush.

You know the fiddly encasement of a sliding door that seems to trap the dust that not even a good vacuum over can remove? The old toothbrush will do the trick.

Remove the smell of garlic or onions from your hands by washing them with toothpaste.

Toothpaste is great at getting gum out of hair or clothing. Smear the toothpaste over the offending gum and let it sit for a while. It breaks down the sugar in the gum and loosens the grip of the sticky gum, allowing it to come right out.

Do you have any great tips on re-using your old toothbrush?


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