You probably already know that your toothbrush should be replaced every three or four months (or if it is fraying even sooner). However, what about the toothbrush holder? Does that need to be cleaned?

The answer is definitely “yes and every week.” Learn how to best clean a toothbrush holder, in addition to the reasons why it is necessary to incorporate that task into your housekeeping regimen.

Why Does My Toothbrusher Holder Need To Be Cleaned?

Since you are probably storing your toothbrush with its head up, you may be wondering why it is necessary to clean your toothbrush holder to start with. The National Sanitation Foundation reports your toothbrush holder, in fact, is among the most germ-ridden household items.

Are you surprised? Think about this: the mouth is filled with bacteria since there are bits of food that you are trying to clean off of your teeth. Also, your hands have lots of germs on them, and you, of course, use them for holding your toothbrush.

When you store your toothbrush inside its holder after you brush your teeth, usually the head is still wet. Then the liquid is dripping down the handle – and as it goes collects germs – and pools into the bottom of the cup slowly where your toothbrush is.

Bathrooms are also notoriously steamy. That is an ideal growing condition for numerous microorganisms, which means that your clean toothbrush holder will turn into a big petri dish eventually. Over time, this mess of germ may build up, and every time you hold onto the holder, you are picking thousands of small microorganisms up and take them along for the ride. Do you normally wash your hands after you brush your teeth? No, that’s what we thought.

Also, when water starts collecting on the bottom of the toothbrush holder, that provides a hydration source for cockroaches and other unsavory characters. It is not a secret that those insects are known for carrying pathogens that might spread diseases.

Are you still wondering why you need to clean your toothbrush holder?

How to Clean Your Toothbrush Holder

So now that you understand why, it is now time for us to go into the “how.”

It is fortunately fairly easy to clean a toothbrush holder. If your toothbrush holder is dishwasher safe – and you happen to have one – you can put it in there and clean it using detergent and hot water. Remember, that you still should pre-soak the toothbrush holder in hot water and also scrub gunk from the bottom.

If you are washing dishes by hand, we have an additional option that you can use.

You will need:

Dishwashing liquid
Dishwashing gloves
Microfiber cloths
Clean kitchen sink
Hot water

Put your toothbrushes on top of a clean microfiber cloth.

If there are multiple parts, take the toothbrush holder apart.

Soak all of the parts of the toothbrush holder for around 10 minutes in hot water. Drain your sink and then use a microfiber cloth to wipe it down after you are done.

Put dishwashing gloves on to protect your skin against the water’s harsh temperature.

Mix a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid in the sink with hot water.

Take a fresh microfiber cloth and dampen it with your soapy water. Use it to clean all part of your toothbrush holder thoroughly, both inside and outside.

To get rid of any soap residue that remains, rinse it well.

Take another microfiber cloth, completely dry your toothbrush holder before putting your toothbrushes back in.

While Above and Beyond Housekeeping cannot help you with cleaning your toothbrush holder, we can help you keep your bathroom clean. To keep the throne room in your house in royal condition check our bathroom cleaning services out.