Have you been tossing your old toothbrushes into the bin without a thought? Well, it’s high time you thunk again.
by Tamia Nelson | August 16, 2011
I don’t like to throw things out if I can find a use for them. Take old toothbrushes, for example. While most folks might think that old toothbrushes are the very definition of something that’s really, truly useless, I’d beg to differ. I find plenty of uses for mine. And since I replace my toothbrush with a new one every few months, I always have an ample supply of old brushes on hand. They see most use when I clean my bike. There’s just nothing like a toothbrush for getting grunge out of tight places. After all, that’s what they’re made for, isn’t it? Then, once a brush is good and grimy, I can throw it away without a qualm, knowing that it’s done yeoman service in its second career.
I also keep one in the side pocket of my handlebar bag, where it’s ready to deal with problems ranging from bear crap fouling my tire tread—yes, bear crap; not every bear does what he does in the woods!—to a rear mech (i.e., derailleur) rendered wholly catatonic by a freezing salt-and-snow slushie. (A small spray can of WD-40 is my toothbrush’s invaluable ally when tackling jobs like that.)
So… The next time you swap out your toothbrush, don’t bin the has-been. Save it for a rainy day. After all, you can never tell what the bears will get up to on the shoulder of the road, can you?
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