A good multi use product goes along way. Something that not only saves money, is really handy and is good for the environment. What’s not to love. As the title suggests toothbrushes are a great hack for multi uses. They are something we all have. Well should have. As your Dentist recommends, toothbrushes should be replaced every six months. Not only that but you can pick up packs for little or nothing now-a-days. For a couple of euro or less, to be able to do all of the below is really appealing to me. As long as you steralise the brushes before use they will cause you no harm. A good way to recycle and cut down the amount of tools on your dresser. The list of uses was really endless. I chose the few that i use or know to be relevant to you and I. Exfoliating and cleaning in general are just two uses for something that was just going in the landfill. Nail Art and hair teasing are also an option. As before they cheaply available if you prefer to use new ones, especially for beauty hacks. I picked up the below 5 pack in Penneys for a ridiculous one Euro.
Those pesky little black spots, that to us feel visible from space. Blackheads are blocked pores. The difference between these and normal spots is that the pore doesn’t close over so oxygen gets in which changes the colour to black. It is the same collection on dead skin cells and oil trapped inside though. Beautiful i know. Some skin types will be problematic and have a lot of these. There is an easy and pain free way to banish them though. Popping spots etc can damage your skin permanently and increase the risk of infection. This easy hack will allow you to rid yourself of those black dots using only things you will find in your bathroom/kitchen. Natural and safe.
Wash your face or the area you are working on. Warm water will open up the pores. In a bowl mix up 2 parts water, 1 part toothpaste and 1 part baking soda. Take a clean or spare toothbrush and apply a small amount of the paste. You can now begin brushing the area gently. The brush will exfoliate and open the blocked pore while the paste will work on what is inside. The ingredients in toothpaste have been used to threat spots as an old wives tale for many years. The baking soda has so many uses it needs a post of its own really. You can rinse the toothbrush and buff back over the area very gently. Finish by splashing cold water on the skin to close up the pore. This method can be repeated as needed. Be gone blackheads, be gone.
The skin on our lips can become really dry. Like the rest of our skin, it needs to be buffed to get rid of dead skin. Removing the dead skin improves the look and texture of the lips. This is important for lipstick lovers. There is nothing worse than applying colour to a flaky lip. It looks so bad when you have lipstick on and you can see it caught in the skin. Take a clean/spare toothbrush and gently brush your lips. This technique will also boost the blood blow and naturally plump the lip. Not much but hey as Tesco says, Every little helps. Dry brushing is quick, easy and works well. Lips will look smooth and colour will go on much easier.
Brush Fly Away / Baby Hair
Tame those wispy bits of hair that stand up. Simply spray some hair spray on a clean / spare toothbrush and brush the hair needing attention. This method also works for those baby hairs that can frizz with curly hair or the weather. The toothbrush is small and soft enough to fix the problem and directly applies the product to the hair. Sleek down your root for the ultimate Kim KW ponytail. These kind of techniques are used backstage at fashion week. You can also use a toothbrush to tease out some loose strands in plaits or up-styles to give it that relaxed, undone feel. As it is a brush you can basically do as you would with your hairbrush on a smaller scale. Use a toothbrush to backcomb your hair for pinning up or creating volume/texture.
No need to spend money on fancy brow tools. We splurge enough on products and specialised brushes. We really don’t need anything more than a little toothbrush. The small fine bristles work really well to brush out the hairs in the desired direction.
The same applies for eyelashes. Brush out clumped lashes after applying mascara.
Exfoliate Delicate Skin / Ingrown Hairs
Toothbrushes need to be tough enough to scrub teeth but soft enough on our gums. This makes them perfect for exfoliating delicate areas. Underarms often appear dark and can be susceptible to ingrown hairs. The friction caused by clothing rubbing off the skin can leave painful ingrown hairs. With the sweat-glands in the under arms opening the pores, spraying deodorant after shaving can leave the pits in need of some care.
The bikini line is the same, delicate skin that is prone to ingrown hairs. Exfoliating with a spare or clean toothbrush often, will rid you of dead skin and prevent bad ingrown hairs.
Touch Up Roots
Touch up your hair between appointments or sort those grey’s peaking through. Applying hair dye with a toothbrush allows for an effective application to a specific area. You can even brush the colour through strands so you will never miss a bit.
This technique can also be used by spraying dry shampoo onto the bristles and applying to the root. It will save time waiting for the product to work into the hair. The brush will push the product and reduce the Cruella Deville issue. This technique is also handy for backcombing the hair to give a matte texture.
No not the day to day stuff. This aint that kinda blog. But yes toothbrushes make for excellent cleaning instruments.
Your hairdryer – The small head and bristles get into the vent and clears all of the fluff and dust. This will keep the dryer working well and prevent over-heating.
Jewellery – polish up jewellery and give it a good clean. Hard to reach nooks are easily got to with the size of the toothbrush.
Nails – especially with false nails on, cleaning under your nails can be tricky. Again the small bristles of the toothbrush make for a perfect nailbrush.
Would you try any of these? Have you any tips for uses of your old toothbrushes?