How To Make A Scrub Brush For Your Drill

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for anything that will help make cleaning easier, especially when it involves tons of scrubbing. I had an extra brush head for a palm brush laying around and thought “I bet I can turn this into a scrub brush attachment for my drill.” Turns out, I was right, and it was SO easy to do! Now it’s crazy easy to clean anything that requires scrubbing; I just let the drill do all the work!

How to make a scrub brush attachment for your drill

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How To Make A Scrub Brush For Your Drill

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  • 0 minutes (time spent waiting around)
  • 2 minutes (total project time)



NOTE: The replacement brushes for soap dispensing brushes already have holes in the center so they can dispense soap, so they’re perfect for this!


This was such a simple project, I made a video to show you how easy it is!

I love using this for cleaning grout; it makes it so much easier. My homemade grout cleaner works really well so you don’t need to scrub as much to get your grout clean, but it’s still a pain, so I’m thrilled to have this scrub brush for the drill now!

If you prefer written instructions, here you go!

Put the bolt through the replacement brush so that the bolt sticks out the back of the brush. Add a washer, then screw a nut onto the bolt. Screw the nut all the way onto the bolt and then tighten it against the brush with a pair of pliers to make sure the brush doesn’t come loose while you use it.

Open up the chuck on your drill, stick the brush attachment on the drill, then tighten the chuck.

And you’re ready to go!

How to make a scrub brush attachment for your drill

Just make sure you use the drill in reverse when cleaning; otherwise the rotation of the drill could loosen the nut and your brush could come flying off!

How to make a scrub brush attachment for your drill

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Garry says

    4 years ago

    If when you put the nut on the bolt, you use 2 and lock the two together then you can use drill in either direction because brush is locked with 2 nuts and will not spin loose

  2. Adolf says

    5 years ago

    Nice hack. I made two of these, one for cleaning dirty stuff (tubs, showers, floors, sinks) and another for cleaning clean stuff (pots, pans). I got a brush pair from Bed, Bath B (20% off coupon) and the rest from Home Depot. Cleans great.

  3. Brad says

    5 years ago

    Great idea, but you need to include protection for the drill! The article on cleaning the grout with bleach and baking soda was quick to identify protection for the individual and clothing, but not the drill?

    Quick-n-dirty fix – I used a produce bag from the grocery store and poked a hole in it for the carriage bolt, then took a small strip of cardboard formed into a tube around the carriage bolt, taped the two ends together and slid it into the hole in the bag, taped the bag to the cardboard and PRESTO – drill protector. The produce bag worked well because is was large enough to cover the pistol grip on the drill so the trigger/grip was still protected, but very flexible so I could keep the back part of the drill exposed to vent the heat from the motor.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      5 years ago

      Bleach and baking soda aren’t really harmful to the surface of the drill the way they can be to your skin or to fabrics so I wasn’t really worried about getting it on the drill.

  4. Havalah Turner says

    7 years ago

    This is amazing!! Even my husband thinks this is genius, and he is very protective about how I use his drill.

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