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7 Beauty Tricks Using A Toothbrush

You bought a new toothbrush and are ready to toss the old one in the garbage. Hold on hot foot! There’s still plenty of life in that old toothbrush so don’t trash it! Here are 7 ways to use a toothbrush for beauty.

7 Beauty Tricks Using A Toothbrush -  7 ways to use a toothbrush for beauty #BeautyTips
7 Beauty Tricks Using A Toothbrush
  • Clumpy Mascara – Don’t have an eyelash separator or fan brush? No worries, a toothbrush can do the same thing…try it! You can use a toothbrush to help separate lashes and remove clumps of mascara.
  • Nail Art – Dip the bristles in nail polish and do paint splatter nail art or cool brush stroke patterns! Get creative and have fun with it!
  • Hair Color – You don’t have to run out and purchase a tint brush, a toothbrush will do the trick for applying hair highlights and root touch-ups.
  • Lip Exfoliation – Easily exfoliate your lips but be gentle! You can also exfoliate other areas of skin with a toothbrush such as elbows, knees and the heels of your crusty feet! πŸ˜‰
  • Nail Care – Gently exfoliate your cuticles with a toothbrush and water or cuticle oil. Also clean under the tips of your nails!
  • Clean Beauty Tools – Use a toothbrush to clean beauty tools such as combs, hair brushes and hair dryer vents. I doubt I need to say this but make sure the toothbrush is dry if cleaning electrical items.
  • Eyebrow Taming – Get those unruly eyebrows in order by brushing them. If needed, put a tiny bit of Vaseline on the bristles to help hold your eyebrow hairs in place.
Clean Your Jewelry With A Toothbrush
Clean Your Jewelry With A Toothbrush

Extra Tip:  This isn’t a beauty tip but I do this all the time! Clean your jewelry with a toothbrush! The bristles are amazing for cleaning those tiny, hard to reach spaces of rings, pendants, etc. If you wear sterling silver or white gold like I do add toothpaste while cleaning your jewelry, then rinse. It removes tarnish spots and shines it up like new!

I’m sure there are even more ways to use a toothbrush for beauty, if you some feel free to share below by leaving a comment! Did I miss any tips? Do you do any of the tips listed above?

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  1. AshleySears
    August 12, 2013 / 10:01 AM

    I use my old toothbrushes to clean but I had NEVER thought of using it for beauty tips! Love this!

  2. Blessed_Element
    August 12, 2013 / 10:03 AM

    What clever tips and most would have not thought about doing.  I love the nail tip suggestion

  3. pyrodamsel
    August 12, 2013 / 10:18 AM

    I have an excess of cheap toothbrushes, thanks for the great ideas. I will definitely have to try the splatter polish one. Personally, I use old toothbrushes to clean my bowling shoes πŸ™‚

  4. Lozlosa
    August 12, 2013 / 11:26 AM

    I'm in agreement…clever post.  Thanks for all the tips, Mina!

  5. KimberlyisHere
    August 12, 2013 / 6:35 PM

    What is wrong with me!!! I could have been using a toothbrush all along to touch up my roots! Thanks for these tips, Cutie!!

  6. JadeLDesigns
    August 12, 2013 / 9:44 PM

    Love all the many uses for using an extra toothbrush! I use it for cleaning the house in tiny spaces. Never thought to use it for cleaning up my beauty routine. Love these ideas!

  7. stillblondeaaty
    August 13, 2013 / 5:57 AM

    So many great uses for this one little brush.  It's kind of the DUCT tape of brushes isn't it?

  8. amomhavingfun
    August 13, 2013 / 6:29 AM

    Wow, I never would have considered most of those uses with a tooth brush! Those are great!

  9. August 13, 2013 / 8:18 AM

    AshleySears Hi Ashley, I'm glad you enjoyed the post! I've used old toothbrushes to clean too but I saw a tip yesterday where someone used a toothbrush to clean their computer keyboard…I never thought of that!

  10. August 13, 2013 / 8:22 AM

    Blessed_Element Thank you! I think the nail tip is one I use the most and it's especially handy for cleaning the nails for men & also little ones that love playing in the dirt! Lol

  11. August 13, 2013 / 8:24 AM

    pyrodamsel Yes, definitely try the nail art tip, it's really fun. Lol I never thought to use a toothbrush to clean shoes…I wonder if that's how my mother used to keep my tap shoes so perfect!

  12. August 13, 2013 / 8:25 AM

    Lozlosa Thank you darling, I'm glad you liked it!

  13. August 13, 2013 / 8:31 AM

    Shopping Spy Lol Kristina, I can't believe how many things we all throw away, things that are useful in some other way.  I actually just used a dollar store toothbrush to remove a bit of lint from my sweater because I can't find my lint brush!

  14. August 13, 2013 / 8:31 AM

    Midnight Manicures Thank you, glad you like the post! πŸ™‚

  15. August 13, 2013 / 8:34 AM

    KimberlyisHere Lol you're welcome! It really is a quick fix. I use a cheap toothbrush for highlights and I like it better than the brush thingy that comes with the kit! By the way, I miss you Kimberly!

  16. August 13, 2013 / 8:37 AM

    JadeLDesigns Thank you, I'm glad you like these ideas! It's crazy how many things can be done with a toothbrush…cleaning, beauty, art & more!

  17. August 13, 2013 / 8:38 AM

    stillblondeaaty LOL!!! I didn't even think of it that way, it totally is like the duct tape of brushes!

  18. August 13, 2013 / 8:39 AM

    amomhavingfun Thank you! I'm glad you liked them. πŸ™‚

  19. KimberlyisHere
    August 13, 2013 / 7:56 PM

    Mina Slater KimberlyisHere

  20. August 15, 2013 / 8:58 AM

    Great tips. I used my old toothbrushes to clean my jewelry all the time. It's a rotation!! lol

  21. August 17, 2013 / 9:03 AM

    All great and creative ideas! Thanks for sharing xo

  22. Endless Summer
    August 19, 2013 / 6:37 AM

    Thanks for sharing these great tips!

  23. August 20, 2013 / 5:17 AM

    Thank you for all of these! Definitely going to start recycling old toothbrushes.

  24. Tea M Bugarin
    September 2, 2013 / 8:09 AM

    To clean in between tiles and other hard to reach spots. πŸ™‚

  25. Justina Gemignani
    September 2, 2013 / 8:26 AM

    Wow this is genius! I am always trying to come up with ways to clean my vents. Too bad I just switched to an electrical toothbrush. The little nub on the end is hard to hold onto.

  26. Mina Slater - Fabulo
    September 2, 2013 / 8:42 AM

    That's smart! Someone mentioned cleaning their tiles that way and she showed before & after photos, it was awesome! Can't believe I never though of that.

  27. Mina Slater - Fabulo
    September 2, 2013 / 8:46 AM

    Lol me too, I'm using an electronic toothbrush now & I love it! You could always check the dollar store for those bundle packs that come with a few toothbrushes & use each one for something different around the house πŸ™‚

  28. Erika IcyNails Coste
    September 2, 2013 / 9:00 AM

    I keep one for cleaning jewelry, another for cleaning tiny crevices in my bathroom, one for vents, that sort of thing. Old toothbrushes are mighty handy to have around. πŸ™‚

  29. Leelo Rohtmets
    September 2, 2013 / 12:01 PM

    I also use toothbrush for cleaning between tiles and for cleaning my white leather shoes.

  30. Phyrra Nyx
    September 2, 2013 / 2:47 PM

    I use an old toothbrush for detail cleaning in the bathroom.

  31. Brooke Pakulski
    September 2, 2013 / 3:20 PM

    I also use old ones for cleaning the tiles, or on the dogs teeth. Not the same one, though πŸ˜‰

  32. Destany Pingle
    September 2, 2013 / 3:29 PM

    I'm with Phyrra – I use old toothbrushes for cleaning in my bathroom πŸ™‚

  33. Mina Slater - Fabulo
    September 2, 2013 / 3:31 PM

    LOL! That's a good one…I actually purchased a doggie toothbrush for my Lulu years ago & it didn't occur to me until a month or 2 later that I could've just used a regular ol' toothbrush!

  34. Mina Slater - Fabulo
    September 2, 2013 / 3:33 PM

    I always forget to try the shoe cleaning, it's such a good idea.

  35. Kimberly Nissen
    September 2, 2013 / 4:54 PM

    This is a brilliant post. I have used the old toothbrush on the hairline trick a few times, and as a lip scrubber but I now prefer to use Lush lip scrubs, I must try the nail brush one!

  36. October 4, 2013 / 12:11 AM

    I use my toothbrush for lip exfoliation , too . πŸ™‚ 
    It works great .
    — Nicole O.

  37. Regina Moore
    February 10, 2014 / 12:05 PM

    Love love LOVE these tips. Some I use and some I had a total V9 moment..^_^ Now being one that mother nature gave frizzy hair to (not curly…frizzy!!!) I have another great thing you can do with a toothbrush. When I braid my hair I always have these little frizzy wisp that I really don’t want (ok well sometimes I do but not always). One way to tame them is to spray some hairspray on a toothbrush and gently comb those wispies back into my hairline.

  38. Jessica Cox
    March 13, 2014 / 10:27 PM

    I also use old mascara wands I wash them really good and spray them with hair spray and comb my eyebrows to keep them in place

    • March 14, 2014 / 1:14 AM

      Oh that’s a good one, I’ll have to try that!