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5 Items to Clean with an Old Toothbrush

By Arianne Cohen

Dentists recommend throwing out your toothbrush every three months. Disinfect it in a cup of antiseptic mouthwash, then toss it—right into your cleaning caddy.

1. Stove Burners and Kitchen Controls
A stiff toothbrush helps caked-on food come right off. Dip it in soapy water to clean oven knobs and dishwasher buttons.

2. Stained Clothing
After you let stain remover soak, scrub the fabric from the backside with a toothbrush.

3. Brushes and Combs
Run a toothbrush between the bristles or teeth to get out residue from sticky hair products.

4. Coffeemaker
Flip open the lid and dip a toothbrush in a mix of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water to scrub away old grounds, mineral deposits and stains.

5. Bathroom Surfaces
No need to break your nails on the grout—a toothbrush scrubs between tiles and around faucets with ease.

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