The One Clever Toothbrush Hack That Makes Cleaning Easier

toothbrush cleaning trick

When I’m trying to figure out the best way to clean something, I like to keep an open mind. Because I often find that the best tool for any particular cleaning task is whatever I can find lying around that gets the job done! :-)

And as surprising as it might sound, one tool that often fills that role is an old toothbrush! I keep a couple of them with my cleaning supplies, and use them to scrub laundry stains, scour hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, and more.

So imagine my delighted surprise when I recently discovered a way to make a toothbrush even more useful for cleaning! :-) It only takes a minute or two to do, and it has already started paying off for me at home.

toothbrush cleaning trick

The One Drawback Of Cleaning With A Toothbrush

One drawback of cleaning with a toothbrush is that it isn’t very helpful when it comes to tight corners or containers with high sides. The bristles and the handle form a straight, rigid line, limiting its usefulness in tight spaces.

But my recent discovery presents a very simple solution to this problem! You just heat up the toothbrush and bend the head back, exposing the bristles and forming a more ergonomic handle.

This quick modification will turn any toothbrush into a versatile, highly useful cleaning tool! Here’s how this toothbrush hack works:

Toothbrush Hack: How To Make It More Useful For Cleaning

You’ll need:

  • Toothbrush
  • Pot of water
  • Tongs
  • Two pairs of pliers

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Bring a pot of water to a boil on your stovetop, then drop the toothbrush into the water.

After about two minutes, use your tongs to remove the toothbrush from the water.

toothbrush cleaning trick

Carefully position the two pairs of pliers on the area of the toothbrush below the bristles, then use them to bend the toothbrush head back towards the handle. (Note: You can bend it as much or as little as you like! A 90° angle could be useful for cleaning tall containers, while a 45-60° angle would help with a wider range of tasks.)

toothbrush cleaning trick

Once the toothbrush cools completely, the plastic will solidify and your new, more useful cleaning brush will be ready to use! :-)

toothbrush cleaning trick

How Do I Use It?

Ready to put your new, modified cleaning toothbrush to good use? Click here to learn about 11 things you clean with a toothbrush!

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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Jill’s 30 years of homemaking experience, make her the trusted source for practical household solutions.

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