- Publish Date
- Thursday, 15 September 2016, 1:57PM
You may reach for it twice a day to clean your teeth but the humble toothbrush can be used for so much more than achieving pearly whites.
Indeed, the cheap bathroom cabinet essential can be used to paint your nails, tame hair and even beat ingrown hairs.
Here, we round up the weird but wonderful ways you can save time and money by making the most of your toothbrush.
To fix fake tan disasters: There's nothing worse than having a fake tan blunder and being left with patchy, orange skin. But did you know a few swipes with a toothbrush can help fix it? Simply mix up a potion of lemon juice and a tablespoon of baking soda then dip your toothbrush in it before buffing it gently over the awkward area. It works to exfoliate your skin and fix any imperfections.
To boost your lashes: If you got a little overzealous with the mascara and have been left with clumpy, spider lashes, a toothbrush can help de-clump. Simply brush it over your lashes after you've applied your mascara and it will help separate them.
To clean your nails: Over-use of nail varnish can leave finger nails with a yellow tinge. Pop some whitening toothpaste onto a toothbrush and scrub it over your nails before rinsing your hands for whiter, fresher nails. You can also use it to buff away any stray skin and clean up your cuticles.
To tame your brows: Long for brows like Cara Delevingne but can't get them to stay put? Spritz some hairspray on a toothbrush and brush it through your brows for some serious holding power.
To achieve baby soft lips: If your lips are flaky, buff a wet toothbrush over them to remove dry skin before swiping some Vaseline or coconut oil over them to soothe them.
To clean your hairdryer: If your hairdryer appears to be working slower, it may well be because the vent is blocked with dust and hair. Use a toothbrush to de-clog it and get it working to its full potential again.
To apply dry shampoo: Dry shampoo is every lazy girl's secret beauty weapon but if you find it sometimes clumps in your roots leaving you with snowy locks, use a toothbrush next time. Spray the dry shampoo directly onto the toothbrush and sweep it through your locks for a more precise and even finish.
Tame your locks: If you've got unruly flyaways, use a toothbrush to tame them.
Decorate your nails: If you love nail art but struggle to create a precise finish, let a toothbrush do the hard work for you; you can create a rippled effect using one.
Beat ingrown hair: If you have any pesky and painful ingrown hairs after shaving, use a toothbrush to gently buff the skin and coax them out.