How can I reuse or recycle … old scrubbing brushes?

Scrubbing brush and ragAs I’ve said before, we’re not cleaning obsessives in this house but when we do clean, we’re the cleaning hardcore.

Cleaning sessions usually start with the hunt for a scrubbing brush, then follow with the application of gallons of elbow grease (we bulk-buy, it’s cheaper), then end with an exclamation of “oh! I forgot it was that colour!”

We’ve got a couple of scrubbing brushes lurking under sinks at the moment, all with the bristles somewhat bent out, tired from all the exertion. They’re still quite clean though (since we tended to use a lot of water and soap with the elbow grease) so it seems a shame to through them out but their effectiveness as scrubbing brush seems to have lessened somewhat.

Any suggestions about what we can do with them instead? Or how to bring them back to life?

(Photo by sparkules)

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5 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle … old scrubbing brushes?”

  1. Shellie says:


    You could glue them onto a rubber mat (bristles side up) and then use it for scrubbing your muddy shoes clean in wet weather.

    Other than that I can’t think of anything thats actually practical.

    Good Luck

  2. dancing girl says:

    That’s a great idea Shellie.

  3. attilathehen says:

    wooden backed brushes with natural bristles could be sawn up into small bits and composted.

  4. paperlady says:

    Use them outside to clean the dog bowls, brush out potted plant containers when repotting plants, clean yard furniture, etc.??

  5. Olia says:

    Be a detective. Sprinkle sand by the windows, doors, spread smoothly with a brush. Do it at dusk, and in the morning check and see whose footsteps are on a sand.

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