How to Clean a Toothbrush Naturally

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How to Clean a Toothbrush NaturallyHow to Clean a Toothbrush Naturally

Did you know that toothbrushes harbor hundreds of thousands of bacteria just after one use? That’s not including all of the bacteria your toothbrush picks up from being kept in your bathroom either!

Most of us keep our toothbrushes sitting on the bathroom counter, which is actually the worst place to store them. When the toilet is flushed, unsanitary airborne particles make their way on to your toothbrush.

Why You Should Clean a Toothbrush Naturally

Some recommend dipping the toothbrush in mouthwash to kill the bacteria, but why should we use harmful chemicals when simple natural ingredients are even more effective!

All you need is one ingredient from your kitchen!

Where You Should Store Your Toothbrush

To prevent having your toothbrush gather anymore unnecessary bacteria, just keep your toothbrush stored in another room.

Ever since I was a young kid I always kept my toothbrush on top of my bedroom bureau as I never liked leaving my toothbrush in the bathroom next to everyone else’s. Mostly for the fear of someone accidentally using mine, sure everyone thought I was crazy, but actually, it saved me from being exposed to all of the airborne bacteria!

If you do keep your toothbrush stored in the bathroom, make sure to at least always close the toilet lid when flushing and cover your toothbrush.

How to Clean Your Toothbrush Naturally

What You Need:

-White Vinegar


-Colloidal Silver

-Glass Cup or Jar

How To Do It:

1. Pour several tablespoons of white vinegar into a glass jar and dip your toothbrush in. Let the toothbrush sit in the mixture for at least 15 to 30 minutes.

White vinegar is commonly used as a natural cleaner, it will kill the bacteria and microbes on your toothbrush.

2. Make a mixture of ½ colloidal silver and ½ water. Dip your toothbrush in mixture and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes.

Colloidal silver has antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties and is very effective in removing the harmful bacteria from your toothbrush


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    • Linda says

      I do peroxide or listerine especially when someone has an illness. We have those really expensive electronic toothbrushes and cannot afford to swap out a brush head very often.

      • Anonymous says

        Peroxide and Listerine defeat the purpose of trying to clean your toothbrush naturally. Sure, they work, if you don’t mind swapping bacteria for chemicals.

          • Anonymous says

            it is, but you can purchase ‘Food Grade Peroxide’ which is safer… their point is about using natural items that cause no harm 😉

            • Informed1 says

              Bah … Hydrogen peroxide is packaged and sold as an antiseptic liquid that can be actively used to treat open wounds or as a mouth wash. Don’t be fooled into thinking some over priced “Food Grade” version is any better for you than the straight $1 a bottle stuff sold in the drug store. Certainly no more “harmful” than white vinegar.

              • TNT12 says

                There is a difference between food grade peroxide and the commercial peroxide sold in stores. Typically, food grade peroxide is sold at a higher percentage…. usually 35%, which means it must be diluted to the percentage typically found in stores… 3%. You would never want to put 35% peroxide directly on your skin or in your mouth.

                Also commercial grade peroxides often contain stabilizing chemicals that aren’t good for us to ingest.

  1. Phil says

    Can you leave the toothbrushes sitting in the vinegar water between brushings, or do you need to limit it to 30 minutes?

  2. Anonymous says

    bacteria wont exist with colloidal silver present so I do believe it would be safe to use that version a couple times before changing it, not sure about the vinegar

    • Informed1 says

      I recommend using care with the Colloidal Silver. True it will kill bacteria, but Colloidal Silver will also accumulate in the human body and can’t be flushed out of your system. There are stories of people literally turning their skin a scary shade of blue from the consumption of Colloidal Silver. Granted those people were actually drinking the stuff in the thought that it would keep them healthy. I suppose if you rinsed the brush well you would probably get the majority of it off the brush, but why take such a chance at dooming yourself to looking like a circus side show act.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      You should be able to dip them in the solution as well. We have one of those and the toothbrush head is detachable and we just let it sit in the solution.

  3. says

    I bought 2 clear, glass salt shakers which I keep the tooth brush heads in. I wash them regularly.
    I put denture cleanser tablets in each one and let it soak. I then wash them in the silverware section of the dish washer.

    I keep a spray bottle of alcohol in each bathroom and one in the kitchen. I use different color tops to designate which bottle goes in which room. It seems to work great.

    I also keep a spray bottle of peroxide in the house. Spay it on the shower stall and around faucets and listen to it work. Let it work for a while, then wipe it off with the alcohol.

    The denture tablets work well to get the coffee stains out of glass cups. I keep the tablets handy for these things. They also work well on vases where you can’t get to the bottom of the vase. I then wash all these things in hot, soapy.

  4. Kelly says

    Hi Lori,
    I am trying to enter your giveaway; but I’m having some issues. Would you please email me?

    • Lori Klein says

      Hi Kelly, sorry you’re having trouble entering. You can send me an email directly at: lori(dot)healthextremist(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Jamie says

    Actually, Mythbusters proved that keeping your toothbrush in the kitchen is no more cleaner than the bathroom. So it doesn’t matter WHERE you store it, the airborne stuff is everywhere. And not really that dangerous for your mouth, either. BUT since the mouth is full of bacteria, I would clean it and this is a great idea :)

    • Michelle says

      I saw that episode of mythbusters. They even put the toothbrush in a plastic zipbag and put that in another room and it still had those bad germs on it.

  6. Anonymous says

    I always pop mine in the microwave for 40 seconds……surprised no one mentioned that it’s a germ killer because of the high temperature


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