“You Use a Toothbrush for What?”: How to Use Your Leftover Toothbrushes for Deep Cleaning

toothbrushes for deep cleaning

One of my favorite tools for cleaning is a toothbrush! Before you throw away your old toothbrush, stop and check out these tips on how to use your leftover toothbrushes for deep cleaning:

Kitchen

I keep a plastic cup in my caddy under the sink with a few old toothbrushes. They are great for  getting in too-hard-to-reach places, like scrubbing off those crumbs that fall inside your toaster or the outer edge of a glass top stove. What about the back side of your faucet and around the faucet handles? Wet the area with white vinegar and scrub with your toothbrush.

Not only does it clean the hard-to-reach areas, but it also helps sanitize. If you have hard water buildup, leave the vinegar on for 15 minutes and reapply (if needed). The buildup will come right off! The faucet area will produce mold if not cleaned regularly. 

Bathroom

Tip: Never cross-contaminate!

I also keep a plastic cup in my caddy under the vanity with a few old toothbrushes for the bathroom. You can use the same technique on your bathroom faucet as in your kitchen.

Also, if you have sliding glass shower doors, it can be a struggle getting those tracks clean, but not with a toothbrush! Spray the track with your tub and shower cleaner, let stand a few moments and scrub away the soapy scum and buildup. You can use a toothbrush for tile grout also, but I prefer a stiffer bristle. 

Windows

Did you know our team uses toothbrushes as tools on our window jobs, too? There are many cracks and crevices our fingers just can’t reach. After vacuuming the inner, bottom track of your window, wash with soap and water. Then, take your toothbrush and scrub those hard to reach areas, rinse and voila!

Fun fact: we were voted as the best window cleaning service in 2018 because of our window detail. 

Furniture

Over the years we have seen many styles of beautiful furniture. Some of the most difficult furniture to polish or clean can be those with intricate designs. If you have furniture or décor that has crevices that are hard to clean, try spraying the area with your cleaner or polish (make sure not to over spray. Polish can be very slippery if over-sprayed on your floor!) and use a toothbrush (one you’ve designated for furniture or décor) to loosen all the dust and debris. Then, wipe clean. What a difference that will make on your piece!

There are so many other cleaning uses for a toothbrush. What are some ideas you have? Share ways you use your leftover toothbrushes for deep cleaning in the comments section below!

For a thorough cleaning of your home or business, be sure to reach out to TLC Home Services today!

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