How to clean a toilet brush

by Janine, Feb 2021

Okay time to be honest- when was the last time you cleaned your toilet brush? Or… have you EVER cleaned your toilet brush? Cleaning the cleaner can be something we forget to do, but when you stop to consider that a toilet brush could be harbouring a multitude of germs and bacteria, it’s obvious that we should be adding this task into our cleaning schedule!

So, we’ve got three ways for you to clean your toilet brush and don’t worry – not one of them involves you touching the grubby end with your hands!

Soak in bleach

Fill a bucket with hot water – ideally, boil a kettle so it’s super hot. (Make sure the bucket is deep enough to hold enough water to fully submerge the toilet brush and holder).

Then add two cups of bleach into the water.

Submerge the brush into the bleach water and leave to soak for at least 1 hour – ideally longer.

Finally, rinse the brush and the holder under hot water to remove all the bleach residue – do this for at least 30 seconds.

Ensure you thoroughly dry the brush and the holder before storing. Storing a wet or damp brush will result in bacteria growth.

You should repeat this process once a month.

Disinfect the brush

Hold the brush over your toilet bowl and spray with disinfectant. It doesn’t matter what disinfectant you use, but ensure to keep spraying until the bristles are dripping.

Once the bristles are fully covered, place the brush handle underneath the toilet seat. Position it so that the excess disinfectant drips directly into the toilet water.

Toilet brush balancing underneath toilet seat to dry

Let all the excess disinfectant drip into the toilet, keeping the brush there to drip dry for at least 10 minutes.

Pour hot water over the bristles afterwards and keep the brush there until the water running off of the brush is completely clear.

Repeat this process with the brush holder as well and then once again, ensure both parts are fully dry before storing.

Natural cleaning

Fill a bucket halfway with vinegar and fill the rest with water. Submerge the brush and holder in the liquid and leave overnight.

The next morning, put on gloves and remove the brush and holder.

Sprinkle baking soda all over the bristles and use a separate brush to scrub, making sure to get in between all the bristles.

Once again, run the brush under super hot water to clear away all the excess and do not stop until the water running off your brush is completely clear.

Finally, dry thoroughly before storing.

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