Cleaning Your Toothbrush Holder: How to Do It & Why You Should

April 7, 2018 by evanyore

Cleaning Your Toothbrush Holder: How to Do It & Why You Should


Toothbrush rack


The toothbrush holder is one of those small household necessities that serve an important purpose. Most are designed like a cup with an enclosed top and small holes for the handle to slide into. They keep toothbrushes upright, so they don’t touch other surfaces or the bristles of other brushes in the holder. This prevents additional bacteria and substances from making their way into your mouth.


Regular cleaning is essential to keeping your toothbrush holder sanitary and looking its best. Just picture it: you put your toothbrush in your mouth multiple times a day. It removes bits of food and bacteria. Then your fingers, which grip the handle, are also covered in germs. When you’re done, you put your toothbrush back. The head is usually wet, which means drops of liquid will make their way onto the holder. It’s easy to see how quickly microorganisms can build up on this essential bathroom accessory.


Cleaning Your Toothbrush Holder

It’s easy to keep your toothbrush holder sparkling. Most are dishwasher safe, which means you can wash it just like a plate or bowl. Those who do not have a dishwashing appliance or who simply prefer to hand wash can use the following steps to keep their toothbrush holder free of bacteria.


First, remove all brushes and place on a clean cloth or paper towel. Take the holder apart (if it has multiple parts). Most at least have rubber plug on the bottom that can be removed.


Next, soak the parts in hot water for about 10 minutes. Drain water and wipe with a clean cloth. Then scrub off the holder with a combination of hot water and several drops of dishwashing liquid. Pay close attention to all sides, so you don’t miss a spot. That should include the interior of the holder. Rinse well to remove soap then dry completely before putting your toothbrushes back in.


What If I Use an Electric Toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes also have a base that requires cleaning for the same reasons. To do this, unplug then wipe off with a cloth and mixture of hot water and a few drops of dish soap. Use a second damp cloth to wipe off soapy suds.


Next, combine one part water and one part vinegar in a bowl. Place the electric toothbrush cover in the bowl and soak for 15 to 30 minute then rinse thoroughly. Dry the inside of the cover with the hair dryer on low setting. Always wait for all components to dry completely before plugging back in.


Good Hygiene Starts with a Clean Bathroom

A clean bathroom is an important part of good hygiene. Most people scrub tubs, toilets, and counters regularly, but forget the smaller things, like toothbrush holders. Regular washing and disinfecting will limit contact with microorganisms and help everyone stay healthy. It also removes toothpaste and watermarks. A professional cleaning service is a good way to keep your bathroom clean from top to bottom.