We are supposed to replace our toothbrushes every 3 months, when there is noticeable wear, or when we have an illness. So on average, a person will go through around 5 or more toothbrushes a year. It has been reported the amount of toothbrushes that end up in landfills every year equals 25,000 tons. Below are some ways to reuse and recycle your toothbrush.
JUST RECYCLE IT:
Some toothbrushes are now made with handles from recyclable plastics. These can be put in your recycle bin at home and will then be melted down and made into other things like outdoor furniture. Next time you go buy a toothbrush, look for the recycle symbol on the packaging.
MAKE IT INTO JEWELRY:
-We just love this one. You can actually turn your toothbrush into a bracelet. Check out the link below for a tutorial on how to do this very cool craft. http://twogirlsbeingcrafty.blogspot.com/2011/01/upcycling-toothbrushes-into-bracelets.html
USE IT TO CLEAN:
Here are some ways to use your toothbrush to scrub the house:
- Cleaning hard to reach areas
- Comb cleaning
- Cleaning jewelry
- Carpet stain remover
- Vegetable scrubber
TAP INTO YOUR INNER ARTIST:
An old toothbrush can make a great paint brush for a child.
***Please remember to disinfect your toothbrush before reusing it!