How to clean your Electric Toothbrush

“How to clean electric toothbrush?“ is one of the main questions people are asking when it comes to electric toothbrushes. A toothbrush is the best prop in dental hygiene. Along with toothpaste, it keeps our teeth clean, our breath fresh and in return, we get stronger teeth and fewer trips to dentists. So it’s important to keep that toothbrush to some hygiene standards for her to do that work.

It’s the same thing with an electric toothbrush. There are a few more parts to clean than on the manual toothbrush, but the importance to keep it clean is the same. In this article, we discuss that importance and how to clean an electric toothbrush so it could serve you well as long as you need it.

What happens if you don’t clean electric toothbrushes

How to clean electric toothbrushes

Your electric toothbrush looks innocent enough sitting on your bathroom sink. But before you put it in your mouth, consider this: the average toothbrush can contain over 10 million bacteria including stuff like Escherichia coli or Staph.

What is inside your mouth?

Sometimes there are 100- 200 species of oral bacteria living in your mouth. In an unbrushed mouth, there can be as many germs as on a dirty bathroom floor. Also, your toothbrush is like a little bacteria magnet, attracting them from several sources.

If, for example, you store your toothbrush next to a bathroom sink it gets contaminated from splashing from washing hands, and whatever you are washing off your hands is getting splashed back.

The toilet and your toothbrush…

If you want to be thorough, think about what happens when you flush with the toilet lid open. Bacteria and viruses splash from the toilet and remain airborne long enough to settle on surfaces through the bathroom. Diarrhoea- causing bacteria, for example, flows as high as 10 inches above the toilet.

disgusted man

And if you drop your electric toothbrush on the floor does the 5-second rule apply? Nope, it’s coming into contact with toilet spray particulate that has settled there plus anything else that has been on people’s feet.

Why it’s important to clean electric toothbrush?

First off, a dirty electric toothbrush is being unpleasant to use. It also may harbor germs that can be harmful. Even though science isn’t clear on whether bacterial growth on the toothbrush can lead to oral or bodily health problems, it makes perfect sense to take precautions, especially for bacteria and viruses.

Also, it may transmit some infections through saliva and blood, and any family members with compromised immune systems are vulnerable. Also, avoid sharing your toothbrush with others for the same reason.

How to clean electric toothbrush

How to clean your electric toothbrush

You should use toothbrush twice a day for 2 minutes to clean your teeth, but thankfully you need not spend that much in cleaning the brush itself. You can go a few days or potentially weeks without giving it a proper clean, a quick rinse under the tap can keep it looking fairly fresh.

But there comes the time when you need to properly clean the electric toothbrush (including the base, handle, and heads) itself. As we talked before, your mouth is a gateway into your body and bacteria on your brush and brush head so it does not hurt to keep it clean. So it’s important to know how to clean an electronic toothbrush.

Keeping the brush clean also helps prolong the life of the brush and reduces the chance of grime degrading the materials they make the brush. You should wash your electric toothbrush and wipe it down on a couple of days to remove any residue of toothpaste and grime that builds on the brush.

Electric brushes from leading brands like Oral- B, and Philips are fully watered resistant, so you can rinse them under the tap without ever worrying about affecting the operation of the brush.

Mostly cold or warm water and a wipe with a cloth or towel will remove the excess grime. A cotton bud or even a toothpick can be useful for getting in harder to reach areas and to help remove harder baked in grime.

For those particularly concerned about the hygiene of a toothbrush, there is an option of how to clean electronic toothbrush using a toothbrush sanitizer to ensure all germs and bacteria are cleaned off.

Daily electric toothbrush maintenance

Importance of cleaning electric toothbrushes

If possible, you should include the following 3 actions on a daily routine to keep your toothbrush in good condition.

1) Rinse your electric toothbrush with tap water after used to remove toothpaste and debris.

2) Don’t overbrush. Too much pressure on your toothbrush can cause the bristles to wear out more quickly and be less effective when cleaning.

3) Store your toothbrush in an upright position to let it air- dry.

How to Clean Electric Toothbrush thoroughly

How to clean electric toothbrushes the correct way

If you want to be thorough you can use bleach and water solution to deep clean your electronic toothbrushes inside out.

Follow our easy step by step guide to clean both your electric toothbrush head and handle below:

How to Clean Electric Toothbrush Head (The Proper Deep Cleaning method)

Note: Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap before and after giving your electric toothbrush the deep cleansing.

1) Create a mixture of baking soda and water.

Baking SodaOnce a month, give your toothbrush deep clean using baking soda and water. Mix one and a half part of baking soda with two parts of water in a container or a cup. Make sure a container or a cup is big enough that you can submerge your toothbrush head completely. Get one more container as you will need it later in step 4.

Reminder: Use the baking soda that’s specifically used for cleaning as shown in the picture.

2) Wipe down the toothbrush head with baking soda + water solution.

Before you submerge your toothbrush head, wipe down the head’s handle. Dip a clean cloth in the toothbrush solution. Wipe the toothbrush with the cloth, removing any stuck of toothpaste, gunk, and other residues.

3) Submerge your toothbrush in baking soda and water solution for half an hour.

Place your toothbrush head in baking soda and water solution. Make sure you submerge it completely. Set a timer for half an hour and during this time let your toothbrush head soak. This should disinfect and clean your toothbrush.

4) Rinse the toothbrush completely.

How to clean electric toothbrush head

After half an hour has passed, remove your toothbrush head from the baking soda and water solution. Take the other empty container and fill the container with tap water to the same level. Submerge toothbrush head into the water and wash it with your fingers for 10 seconds. Remove toothbrush head and run it under tap water for another 10 seconds.

Congratulations, you just got yourself a brand new toothbrush head!

How to Clean Electric Toothbrush Handle

How to clean electric toothbrush handle

5) Dampen your cloth with your baking soda and water solution.

To clean the body of your toothbrush, reuse the baking soda and water solution. Dip a cloth or cotton pad in the solution. Then, swab your toothbrush body with the solution to remove any stuck of a toothpaste residue or grime from the bathroom. Also, goes without saying, the electronic toothbrush shouldn’t be plugged in while you’re cleaning it.

6) Wipe out the area where the toothbrush attaches to the handle.

If your toothbrush head detaches from the handle, there should be a small slot near the top of the handle. Use your cotton swab or rag to clean out this area. You want to remove any bacteria that may hide here.

7) Do not submerge your toothbrush body in water.

Never submerge the body of your electronic toothbrush in hot water. This can be dangerous, as it can cause an electric shock. It can also damage electronic toothbrush, making it necessary for you to purchase a new one. Only clean the body of an electronic toothbrush with a rag, paper towel, or cotton ball.

You did it! You successfully cleaned up your precious electric toothbrush and make it look like a brand new one~ Yes, it’s that simple.

When should I replace my electric toothbrush heads?

when to replace electric toothbrush head

Even with proper care and hygiene, electric toothbrush bristles wear off after a while. Electric toothbrushes come with interchangeable bristle heads which gives them an advantage over manual toothbrushes where you need to buy a new toothbrush when bristles wear off.

But still, you need to replace those heads after a while.

As far as the brush heads go, most experts agree that you can use them regularly and they offer exceptional plaque removal to 3 months minimum.

However, as we said, the electric toothbrush has a removable bristle head, so you put a new one and that is it. That way you can keep your great brush with only a minimum investment in new bristle head.

So just buy electric toothbrush heads to replace old ones when you see bristles start to wear off.


Now that you know how to clean your electric toothbrush…..

It’s important to keep your electric toothbrush clean as bathrooms harbor a lot of bacteria. Regularly wash your electric toothbrush head in water and take care of excess grime with other means. You should use the baking soda and water solution that we recommended as it is a great way to make sure your electric toothbrush will be clean all the time and that it will not have those pesky bacteria.

Periodically (3 months on average, depending on the frequency), however, replace your electric toothbrush head if you have a removable head option. Nothing lasts forever and as much as you take care of it, bristles can lose softness and will need replacements.


2 replies
  1. Elden MILLER
    Elden MILLER says:

    Interesting info. Keeping an electric toothbrush clean is important, but the brush part can be really hard to clean. I really appreciate the deep cleaning part where baking soda and water solution is used. That’s brilliant! I think it will really clean up my toothbrush and remove all the unwanted guest that’s in it uninvited ages ago. Gotta try that next week when I get home!

    • Hans
      Hans says:

      You are a humourous guy Elden! By the sound of it, it seems like you’ve been using the same toothbrush head for a long time. If your toothbrush bristle head has worn off, chances are you need to replace your old guy with a new one. Show some love to your mouth. Cheers.


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