Did you know that, according to a study done by ACNielsen, Americans spend an estimated $775 million dollars per year on toothbrushes alone? The staggering number is enough to make you thrifty readers out there cringe. Nevertheless, today we have a great tip that will help you transform your old toothbrushes into ones that look and feel new.
Our favorite aspect of this particular hack is that it can be done in only two steps! Additionally, you will only be asked to use household items, and the process itself takes only a couple of minutes. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Those clever life hackers over at MAD Science Hacks have made a useful video for you that outlines the best way to make an old toothbrush new again.
As promised, there are only TWO steps to this method. To get started, you will need to:
Introduce Hot Water
Bring about a two cups of water in a tea kettle to a boil. Then, pour the steaming hot water into a bowl. The size of the bowl doesn’t matter so much, just be sure that you are using glass or ceramic—a paper or plastic one might spell trouble for this particular hack.
Wash Your Brush
While holding on firmly to the handle, take your used toothbrush and roll the bristles around in the hot water. Think of it as if you’re gently stirring spaghetti sauce. Just be careful to mix very gingerly so as not to get burned by the scalding hot water.
Continue with this motion for about a minute or so. Take a break every once in a while to inspect the state of your toothbrush. After about a minute, you should be seeing some noticeable changes.
This ridiculously simple two-step process takes just minutes, and can even save you a couple bucks. It’s a win-win situation!
If this idea seems useful to you but you’re a super busy person with not enough time or patience for this particular life hack, then look no further than your dishwasher!
A dishwasher will cleanse a toothbrush just as well as the method above. All you need to do is give the bristles a quick rinse in hot water first. Then, place the toothbrush (bristles up!) in your utensil holder. Don’t hesitate to pack the rest of the dishwasher—this won’t have any effect on the effectiveness. After a cycle, your toothbrush should look good as new.
I know that some of you may be concerned in regards to the efficacy of the toothbrush post-wash. Not to worry—after this type of cleansing, if all bristles stay intact, the toothbrush will be just as effective as when you originally bought it.
Most dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every couple of months. Nonetheless, as noted above, as long as the bristles don’t shed, then you are free to perform this trick as many times as you would like. It’s a great way to ensure that your brushing experience is as germ-free as can be!
Watch the video below for more details about this nifty dental hack.
Have you used this method to clean your toothbrush? How often do you replace your toothbrush? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!