How To Clean The Toilet Brush? It’s Not Fun But You Have To!

You change your sponge every now and then, plus you wash your dish towels every weekend. For most people, this is almost a general rule of thumb that you don’t even give it a second thought. But, let’s face it, have you ever even considered cleaning your toilet brush, let alone properly

Funny girl playing with toilet brush

Now, obviously, it is not really your cup of tea. No one gets excited about it, but it’s an inescapable duty if you want to maintain good hygiene standards in the loo and prevent bacteria from growing. Maybe you already know how to clean your toilet, but in this guide, you will learn how you can easily clean your brush with simple household products and how frequently you should be doing it.

How often should you clean your toilet brush?

For a spotless toilet, you obviously need a toilet brush. However, all of the bacteria you scrub off the toilet will eventually thrive on that same brush. Whenever you use a brush, make sure to rinse it with flush water. This can be done on a daily basis at the minimum. 

You don’t need to be a cleaning expert to know that cleaning the brush thoroughly once a week is ideal. However, the frequency depends on the number of people who use it and how dirty it is. If you share a space with a partner, it’s a good idea to agree to clean it more frequently than that. 

Hand cleaning the brush at the toilet

Plus, it’s always a good idea to tidy up the handle. Consider wiping down the handle with an antibacterial wipe at the end of the day to remove any potential germ build-up. This is particularly the case if you or someone you live with happens to be sick, so you just simply need to place the wipes on the top of the handle and wipe down everything after each usage.

While frequent cleaning and maintenance can help keep a brush clean, fresh, and hygienic for longer, it’s also crucial not to keep it for too long. Discolouration of the white bristles, those falling out, and an unpleasant odour that does not go away after washing or cleaning are all signs that it’s time to replace your brush. Every six months, a regular plastic brush should be replaced. 

You can, however, extend the life of your brush by choosing a different style. A biodegradable brush with a wooden handle and natural bristles is not only more durable, but it is also better for the environment.

Cleaning your toilet brush with bleach

This product is great when it comes to cleaning your washing machine, removing mould from bathrooms, killing weeds in your garden and so much more. You can make your toilet cleaner and fresher by properly utilising the brush and cleaning it on a regular basis with bleach. Here’s how:

1. Fill a bucket halfway with hot water and bleach 

Make sure the bucket is deep enough to fully submerge the brush and its holder in the water. Fill the bucket with the water and then, pour 2 cups of bleach (470-500 mL) into the water. 

Always, check the back of the product’s bottle and follow the instructions. Add it to the toilet bowl if you don’t have a bucket. Then, place the brush in the toilet bowl for a few hours or let it sit overnight. We know that this is a bit difficult, but keep it in mind!

Hand putting bleach into the measuring cup

2. Soak the brush and holder in bleach for one hour

Carefully place them in the bucket, trying not to splash. To avoid getting it on your skin/clothes or in your eyes, wear gloves and, if possible, a disposable plastic apron. Allow at least 1 hour for the brush and holder to soak.

3. Rinse both the brush and holder under hot water

Submerge both of them for at least 30 seconds under extremely hot water. The active element in bleach is decomposed by that water. Before storing the brush and holder, make sure they’re completely dry. 

Set the brush and holder to dry on a towel. Avoid storing wet brushes. Otherwise, bacteria will find a safe haven there. Once done, repeat this same process every month. 

Even if you don’t use the brush very often, it will still collect filth and host bacterial development so cleaning it once a month is highly recommended. 

How to disinfect your toilet brush

Follow these toilet cleaning tips to help guide you on how to make proper use of disinfectants.

1. Fully coat the brush using a disinfectant spray

Any disinfecting spray will be fine. When spraying the brush, make sure to cover the entire surface area and as soon as the bristles start to drip, stop spraying. 

2. Put the brush handle under the toilet seat for 10 minutes

The brush handle will be held in place by the weight of the toilet seat. Plus, the brush should be positioned in such a way it hangs over the toilet bowl. Allow any remaining disinfectant to drop into the toilet and give the brush at least 10 minutes to dry

You can also use a sink or tub to dry the brush. If you decide to do this, make sure to properly clean the sink and tub afterwards.

Someone cleaning toilet brush in the bathroom

3. Submerge the brush in boiling water

Place the brush hair in the water and swish them around. Keep the brush there until all of the water pouring off of it is clear. Take the brush holder and repeat the disinfection process and allow 10 minutes after spraying the holder with disinfectant. Place the holder on a dry cloth or paper towel to dry and run the holder under warm water.

4. Finally, let the brush air dry 

Once done, place the brush in its holder. Make sure that it is completely dry before storing, as moist or wet storage will encourage bacteria growth.

How to clean toilet brushes with natural products

Here are a few natural DIY cleaning recipes to help you get rid of the chemicals and clean your brush. The cleaning products you need are baking soda and white vinegar. Here’s what you need to do:

Baking soda with vinegar for house cleaning

1. Soak the brush in a vinegar-water solution overnight

Half-fill a bucket with vinegar and the other half with water. Make sure the bucket is big enough to retain the toilet brush and the holder. Put on gloves and remove the brush and the holder after soaking them overnight.

2. Scrub the brush using baking soda

You can use baking soda to clean your oven, silver and a burnt pan, but also your brush! It is highly recommended that you use rubber gloves and a plastic apron when doing this. Sprinkle 2 grams of baking soda over the brush’s surface area and scrub with a different brush. This will achieve a more thorough cleaning.

3. Submerge the brush with water

Allow at least 30 seconds for the brush to soak in the water. Then, remove it from the water only when it is absolutely clear and allow the brush to air dry before storing it. You can speed up the process by using a paper towel. It is vital that it is completely dry before you store it because bacteria will thrive if you keep a damp or wet brush.

How to store your toilet brush 

The toilet brush is the most crucial cleaning item in a bathroom, but it’s also the one you’d rather not see. Here are two ideas for keeping your clean brush hidden but accessible when you need it:

  • Cabinet

A built-in plunger cabinet is a valuable gadget. Like a recessed medicine cabinet, the cabinet is sunken into the bathroom wall between the studs. Your toilet plunger, brush, and cleaning tools are kept in the plunger cabinet.

  • Under the counter

Keep your toilet brush in a bucket underneath your bathroom counter for a simple and inexpensive storage solution. This keeps the toilet brush hidden from view while keeping it close to all of your bathroom cleaning materials. Simply get that brush off the floor once you need it.

You may now want to reconsider your approach to cleaning. Sure, cleaning the brush is just about as much fun as paying your electricity bill, we get it. When we do it, we do it rather quickly! However, you are overlooking a critical step in preventing the growth of harmful germs and bacteria. Cleaning the toilet brush may not be your favourite task, but it must be completed. Just make sure you follow the steps above and don’t forget to do a thorough cleaning.

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