You're using your toothbrush wrong

Here are some nifty uses for the humble toothbrush. Photo / Getty Images
Here are some nifty uses for the humble toothbrush. Photo / Getty Images

The humble toothbrush... we may reach for it a couple of times a day already but do you really know the extent of all its capabilities?

Truth be told, the abilities of the toothbrush far outweigh that of just achieving pearly whites, it also can be used to paint your nails, tame hair and beat ingrown hairs.

Here are some helpful and nifty uses for your trusty toothbrush.

Fix fake tan disasters: Ah fake tan, so many opportunities for a disaster. When the inevitable does happen and you do experience a fake tan blunder, turn to the toothbrush. Swish together a potion of lemon juice and a tablespoon of baking soda then dip your toothbrush in it before buffing it gently over any awkward areas. It can exfoliate the skin and fix any imperfections.

Boost your lashes: If you've gone a little overboard with the mascara and have been left with clumpy, chunky lashes, a toothbrush is the ideal fix. Simply brush it over your lashesand it will help separate them.

Clean your nails: When the fingernails need a good scrub a toothbrush and a bit of toothpaste is the answer for a decent clean. Pop some whitening toothpaste on to a toothbrush and scrub it over your nails before rinsing your hands for whiter, fresher nails. It's also fantastic for buffing away any stray skin and cleaning up your cuticles.

Control those pesky flyways: If you have a unruly hair or two that doesn't want to settle atop of your head, use a toothbrush to settle them.

Tame your brows: This one is a goodie and the results will surprise you! Put a bit of hairspray on a toothbrush and brush it through your brows until you reach the shape you want that won't fall out of shape.

Clean your hairdryer: If your hairdryer seems to be working more slowly, 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.

Apply dry shampoo: If you're having a bad hair day dry shampoo has got your back every time but if you find sometimes it clumps leaving you with snowy locks use a toothbrush to attain a more precise and even finish. Just spray the dry shampoo on to the toothbrush and sweep it through your locks!

Beat ingrown hair: If you have any pesky and painful ingrown hairs after shaving, use a toothbrush to gently buff the skin to remove them.

- nzherald.co.nz

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