Do toothbrushes made from bamboo get moldy?

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How to stop a natural toothbrush from molding?

Make sure to leave your toothbrush out to dry when it isn’t being used. Organic materials breed mould when in warm/damp conditions, so this is simply mother nature taking its cause.

Biodegradable/natural bamboo handles also encourage the growth of mold quicker in comparison to plastic materials. This means making sure that the toothbrush has time to dry out between each usage.

Bamboo toothbrushes require a bit more care than a regular toothbrush. Dry them gently using a towel after each use, and store them upright, preferably in a glass jar/container. Changes in wood colour occur naturally over a period of time, this is normal.

How to disinfect a natural toothbrush?

A disinfectant in the form of hydrogen peroxide is not necessary to clean a bamboo toothbrush. A normal cleaning routine of cleaning, drying and storing upright in a glass container is the easiest way to maintain a bamboo toothbrush.

Toothbrushes should generally be replaced every 3-4 months, so if you happen to contract an illness and feel as though your toothbrush may be contaminated or risk spreading contamination, the safest bet is to replace your toothbrush. For peace of mind, you could soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash and rinse with water afterwards.

However according to the American Dental Association, no commercial products can sterilize a toothbrush and it’s not necessary. “There is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects.”

Let your toothbrush air dry in a container that allows it to stand up without touching other toothbrushes. Avoid sharing toothbrushes also!

How do you dispose of a bamboo toothbrush?

  1. Remove the bristles using either a pair of pliers to pull them out of the bamboo, or else carefully break the head of the toothbrush off.
  2. Compost the bamboo part of the toothbrush by disposing of it in a compost heap either domestically or locally.
  3. If you don’t have access to a compost heap then separately dispose of it into a bio/organic waste bin.
  4. If your bamboo toothbrush contains nylon bristles, these can be recycled. Although the plastic amount is very little, embracing the full eco experience is a what it’s all about!

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