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Fun Things to Do with Your Old Toothbrush

It’s important to change your toothbrush roughly every three months to make sure you have a toothbrush that can effectively clean your teeth. But once you’re done with it, don’t rush to toss it out! If you hang on to your toothbrush, you’ll find that there are plenty of fun uses for your old teeth-cleaning tool. Here are some fun ways you can get crafty and creative with your old toothbrush.

Colorful Splatter Painting

This is a great activity to do with your kids and the whole family to pass the time indoors. Old toothbrushes are great at picking up small amounts of paint that you can toss at paper, canvas, or other painting surface of choice.
Lay out some newspaper, old paper bags, or a painting tarp to make sure you don’t accidentally stain your carpet or floors. Simply dip the tip of the toothbrush into your favorite paint colors, then run your finger up or down the bristles to create speckled pictures or patterns.

You can also try this with blank mugs, vases, or other objects to create a fun piece of abstract art you can use around the house. Try different kinds of paints for unique textures and tones.

Spring Flower Painting

Painting colorful flowers is a great way to get into the spirit of the spring season. The textures you get with the bristles of the toothbrush are perfect for mimicking the blossoms on trees. You can use both conventional brushes and your old toothbrush to make a whole spring garden of beautiful flowers.

Textured Clay Pot

Painting isn’t the only way you can have fun with your unused toothbrush. You can get creative with your old toothbrush with various pottery projects as well. When your clay pot is shaped to your liking, simply take your old toothbrush and gently press it along the surface to create a subtle texture.

Of course, you can also use your clay pot as another medium for a fun painting with your old toothbrush as well!

Detail Your Car or Clean the Crevices in Your Home

This one is reserved for grown-ups or teenagers who are old enough to drive. If you have an old toothbrush lying around, you’ll have the perfect tool to scrub away dirt and dust in those hard-to-reach places in your car. Even if there aren’t tons of places you can go right now, you’ll love looking at your pristinely detailed car.

Toothbrushes are also great for scrubbing grout lines in a shower, cleaning up the edges of your sink, or handling any other small cleaning task that requires the power of bristles. While using a toothbrush to clean may not be considered fun for most people, you’ll certainly appreciate a job well done when you are finished.

Here at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, we are here for you during this uncertain time. If you have any concerns about beginning orthodontic treatment or taking care of your braces, we will be happy to help.

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