Here is a reason to save old toothbrushes. They are excellent for shining brass on headlights and side and taillights in, and around all the lettering. If you use a paste polish this is the way to go, and it won't wear the lettering.
My old toothbrushes go first into the detailing box, to be used for removing paste wax residue from around emblems and in the nooks and crannies, then into the parts washer bin for use on greasy parts.
I agree,....toothbrushes are very handy for all kinds of cleaning chores. Need a toothbrush to do some intricate little cleaning chore but don't have an old one? No problem. Just use your wife toothbrush, but just be sure to rinse it real well when finished and very carefully, replace it back in the toothbrush rack in the bathroom "EXACTLY" as you found it,.....she'll never know! Ha, ha,....harold : ^ )
Wait till Cathy hears this!
I've never tried blackmailing someone but this might be a good place to start.
In thirty years, I probably haven't thrown an old toothbrush out until it was used for nasty cleaning at least a few times. I use them to clean my comb, the cheese grater, the sliding window channels, the list goes on and on. I have them stashed almost everywhere there are cleaning materials. I have a few where I clean greasy antique car parts. And yes, I use them on brass.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Oh,...I never said that I would ever do anything like that Bob,.....I just thought that maybe some of "youse guys" would consider that a good idea!
Old toothbrushes are for old teeth.
I get new ones for free every time I go to the dentist. 2x a year.
I use the new ones to clean parts.
The parts and my teeth are both clean.
Perhaps there might be something LESS abrasive than an old toothbrush???? One fine-detail helpful hint I learned at ISCA-AutoRama/World-of Wheels.... Get a NEW half-inch camel hair brush, (it's really made from squirrel hair). Use a sharp scissors or other cutting instrument to trim back the bristles to about a 3/4 inch length. Shorter if there is/are tougher residues to remove. No micro-scratches around seams or trim pieces! Complete the process with a clean micro-fiber cloth. Spray-shine if you must.
If the brush is a "half inch" brush to start with how do you trim it to be a 3/4" brush?
You never bought a paint brush? Brushes are sold by WIDTHS not the bristle length.
Forgot to mention: The Mop style work well.
I learned that trick watching the guys at Harrah's polishing the brass on the cars in the collection back when. . . . . And they had a LOT of brass to keep looking good.
Guess it's the general idea of using a 'bristle shortener' rather than searching for a 'bristle-lengthener'????
OK, OK,OK. So I had a brain fart. So what?
So, "Keep smiling!" and "Happy T-ing" too!!
Old tooth brushs are also good for getting bird poop off of your A-400 convertable top. We were on a trip back in the 90's and this happened to me. A VERY good friend gave me her tooth brush and something to scrub out the bad stuff. I'm sure she didn't use that tooth brush again.