So, I was at the dentist the other day and he was all, “Woah, your teeth suck. Are you using an old toothbrush? You're a really crappy brusher.”

And I was like, “Dude, I'm rubber and you're glue.”

my old toothbrush sucked

In case you're looking for ways to make your dentist charge you even more, I'm chock full of them.

He told me it was time to ditch the manual old toothbrush (I swear, that's exactly what he called it: “manual”) and invest in something a little fancier so I'd stop having to waste money on HIS services so often.

Oh, sweet voice of logic, you know the words that pierce through my soul.

Apparently there's this newfangled thing called an electric toothbrush. I could be getting it wrong. It might be called an eclectic toothbrush. Either one seems pretty spot-on to me. In any case, he recommended Sonicare by name. I thought dentists only did that on commercials. So I got their newest fancy-pants hot-off-the-press brush and WOW. I'm like a new woman. My mouth is like a new mouth. I feel like I belong in one of those spokesperson commercials.

Anyway, you're wondering what I did with my old toothbrush. I know, the suspense is killing you. For all you readers looking for that Pinterest-friendly takeaway, here ya go!

18 things to do with an old toothbrush. You can husk corn, clean jewelry and more.

My old toothbrush has been relegated to the following:

  1. Detail shoe tread
  2. Clean cheese graters
  3. Scrub grout
  4. Scour computer keyboards
  5. Extract splinters
  6. Get behind toilet seat hinges
  7. Apply hair dye
  8. Remove waffle iron crumbs
  9. Get hair out of brushes
  10. Buff lips
  11. Brush jewelry
  12. Rid drain buildup
  13. Soften cuticles
  14. Oil bike chains
  15. Dust car vents
  16. Treat spots on clothes
  17. Sweep window blinds
  18. Husk corn

toothbrushes rock!

Back to the toothbrush upgrade. Not to be all “before and after” on you, but OH MY WORD! This is way better than my old toothbrush. Why didn't someone make me do this sooner? My teeth are all squeaky clean now all the time. It's that post-dentist feeling that's almost akin to skinny dipping. You there, you know what I'm talking about. That weird, new, special occasion feeling where you're holding off eating the nachos for fear that the cheesy goodness will get in all your crevices and it'll be like, six months before you get that clean feeling back.

Eat the nachos, people. Then go brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush. TADA! Squeakiness restored.

I actually enjoy brushing my teeth now. I'm always kind of tempted to turn it back on when it auto-shuts off. Sometimes, I actually do. Can that be our little secret?

battery-operated toothbrush

Oh and I should mention: the replacement brush I got comes with batteries that you can simply swap out over time as opposed to those rechargeable ones. You know me. I would TOTALLY lose the charger stand thingy. This was honestly the final straw that forced me to switch. My teeth are SO squeaky clean now, and I'm being all frugal and getting stuff done with my old toothbrush. Win-win.

Do you use your old toothbrushes in weird ways around the house?