Changing the theme of your bathroom decor or just buying a new toothbrush holder may leave you with a old, germ-ridden container that used to house your dental hygiene products. Recycle the old toothbrush holder into something usable in another area of the house or use it to complement your existing bathroom decor in a new way. Ensure that prior to transforming it into anything else, clean it thoroughly with soap and hot water to kill any bacteria.
When planning a party and offering hot and cold beverages, use the toothbrush holder holes to house coffee stirrers and mixed drink straws. The separate holes in the holder can separate the various disposable beverage utensils from each other for ease.
When chilling liquor, place a few ice cubes into the holder, if the lid is able to be removed, swirl the alcohol and use the lid to strain the ice from the chilled beverage. Use caution not to shake the holder as liquid may spill through the top holes.
Metal, wall-mounted toothbrush holders similar to those used in the 1980s can be craftily transformed into a clock. Purchase a clock kit containing the face, hands and numbers of the clock. Attach it to the large hole in the metal toothbrush holder used for cups or adhere with a hot glue gun. Using the existing screw holes, attach the holder in a vertical position on a painted wooden base with 1/4-inch wood screws to create a mantle clock. (See Reference 2)
Use the old holder to dry artists’ paintbrushes after use. Colored pencils, crayons and other crafty writing utensils may be stored in the toothbrush holder instead.
Create a single-stem floral vase from a toothbrush holder. Use silk or fresh flowers with extra-large buds such as dahlias, lilacs, azaleas or lotus flowers. Fill the holder half-way with water and stick one large flower into each hole, ensuring the stems are not too long that they may tip the toothbrush holder over. In lieu of large buds, choose small flowers and arrange a few flowers, baby’s breath and a fern into each hole for an evenly-spaced arrangement.
Display Phillips head, flat, hex and star screwdrivers in an old toothbrush holder for easy access while working in the garage.
Create your own reed diffuser with your old glass toothbrush holder by filling the bottom of the holder with essential oils and placing diffuser reeds in each hole.
A free-standing toothbrush holder can be used to hold pens, pencils, scissors or other office supplies. Decorate the outside of the toothbrush holder with foam flowers for a girl’s desk or robot and car stickers to cater to a boy’s homework area.
Cut magnetic tape into strips and press the adhesive side to the inside of each toothbrush hole. House paper clips, brads or any other small metal objects. When you lightly shake the holder, your paper fasteners can be caught by the magnets for ease in grabbing.