Do bamboo toothbrushes get moldy?
Yes, bamboo toothbrushes can get moldy if they are not properly cleaned. Be reminded that bamboo is an organic material, therefore it encourages the growth of mold faster than a plastic toothbrush. But we can’t get enough of explaining that using a bamboo toothbrush requires extra loving care.
Yes, moldy looks ugly and dirty, for sure. But it only takes 3 steps to take good care of your bamboo toothbrush. The habit of tossing it in the cup right after brushing your teeth will be over after you learn the key to stop your bamboo toothbrush from getting moldy.
Basically the most important step in preventing moistness and mold is to dry the bristles and the handle with a towel. Simple as that. Because if you let your bamboo toothbrush soak in the cup, it'll darken over the frequent use.
Where and how you store your bamboo toothbrush is also very relevant. The bathroom is a natural damp atmosphere, especially if the shower is used multiple times a day, which is common for a family or friends sharing an apartment. Consider keeping each bamboo toothbrush in separate cups or holders, in the open air to dry out.
Rinsing and drying out your bamboo toothbrush with the towel will help greatly but air temperature is also important. So do not enclose it afterwards in a bathroom cabinet, vanity case or even with a cap. Any of these will encourage the growth of mold. So storing your bamboo toothbrush upright in the open air will help to dry out in between uses and also to prevent bacteria buildup.
Be aware that giving this extra loving care to your bamboo toothbrush doesn’t extend its lifespan. You are simply ensuring regular maintenance to look good day after day until it’s time to replace it. But you do have to replace your bamboo toothbrush after 2 or 3 months as recommended by Dentists & Hygienists.
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