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Use an Old Electric Toothbrush for Garden Cleanup

By imapigeon
November 30, 2011

Uses for an electric toothbrush:
  1. Cleaning gardening dirt out from under my finger- and toe-nails
  2. Making the tiles in my fountain spotless
  3. Removing mortar and grout when working on mosaic projects
Save the old brushes to pop back on the handle for various non-dental uses.

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sassafrass
Nov 29, 2011 6:56 PM CST
Hurray! My kids thought I was a nut for keeping their old tooth brushes around for that.. lol It does work great!
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plantladylin
Nov 29, 2011 7:30 PM CST
Oh, what a great idea! I have an old battery operated toothbrush that I'm going to put to use cleaning my fingernails!
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Samigal
Nov 29, 2011 8:44 PM CST
Don't have an electric toothbrush, but going to look for one in my travels. Hilarious!

This is a great tip; I love the one about cleaning the grout while doing mosaics.
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JuneBug
Nov 29, 2011 11:11 PM CST
Grout Cleaning!???!!! You are a genius! Thank you! They are only $9 at my local store and I will be sooo happy to use it on the grout and save my wrist!
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jmorth
Nov 30, 2011 2:54 AM CST
I'm a rock and mineral collector and use electric toothbrush to clean newly acquired specimens.
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imapigeon
Nov 30, 2011 11:20 AM CST
jmorth, that's a GREAT idea! I always end up with white stuck in crevices when I polish my rocks, and this will take care of it! So glad you posted this additional use. Thank you.
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jmorth
Nov 30, 2011 12:55 PM CST
You're welcome imapigeon (neat name).
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Gymgirl
Nov 30, 2011 1:42 PM CST
I've had a brand new one stuck in a drawer for months! Now, I can pull it out!

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