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Save Money With 7 Clever Ways To Re-Use Your Toothbrush

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Okay, so you've just bought some new toothbrushes for your family, and you're wondering how you managed to keep using your old ones for so long.

After a few months of brushing twice a day, your old brush looks pretty nasty. But don't chuck it in the trash just yet. As gross as it may look, you can still keep a lot of things looking clean with your toothbrush.

We've collected 7 of the coolest tricks for giving your toothbrush a second life. Remember: these are tips for an old brush, so don't try any of these and then think you'll brush your teeth with it afterwards.

As you'll see, almost every room in your house has something that your toothbrush is perfectly suited to cleaning, and you'll be surprised by how good the results are.

1. Easily Cleaning Crayon Marks

Kids love to draw, and they don't care where they do it. The next time your little artist makes a mess on your wall, head to your medicine cabinet. Shaving cream and an old toothbrush make washing off these marks a breeze. Just spray on some cream and rub it in gently with the toothbrush. Wait a while, then wipe the surface with a clean cloth. If the stain's not completely gone, just spray and scrub again.

2. Keep Granite Counters Looking Their Best

Lots of cleaning products and even natural products like vinegar and lemon can damage or stain your counter. Thankfully, a toothbrush and some toothpaste are a worry-free way of cleaning tiny marks and dried stains. Just spread some toothpaste on the stain (make sure you're using a non-gel brand) then dip a toothbrush in a mixture of warm water and dish soap. With a little scrubbing, the stain will be gone.

3. Clean Grout Without Wasting Money

You could spend a fortune buying enough of those magic erasers to clean your whole kitchen, or just recycle your husband's old toothbrush. The tiny bristles are perfect for scrubbing out the tight spaces using a little bit of Soft Scrub. For an even cheaper solution, mix 1 part Borax, 2 parts baking soda and 2 parts water. Make sure to bring a wet rag to wipe up the gunk your brush out.

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