Every homeowner has a routine that includes cleaning their toilet. But the big question is: Do you have a cleaning routine that involves cleaning your toilet brush and holder? During cleaning, most people tend to forget one crucial fact: the cleaning tools and materials need to be cleaned as well.
In fact, most of us usually remember to clean our toilet brushes after they’ve started turning yellow or brown! Yes, cleaning the toilet brush and holder should be a regular part of your routine. Why do we say so?
Well, toilet brushes and holders are considered to be the dirtiest objects in a bathroom. Therefore, by cleaning them regularly, you ensure that your bathroom always remains clean and fresh. And who doesn’t want to have a clean and fresh bathroom in their home?
In this article, we have done all the research for you and compiled simple ways on how to clean the toilet brush and holder.
3 Effective Ways of Cleaning the Toilet Brush
There are different ways of cleaning the toilet brush at home. Consider the following three effective methods on how you can do this:
The Bleach Method:
When used to clean the toilet brush, bleach acts as a powerful disinfectant. Compared with other similar disinfectants, bleach cleans the easiest.
- Two Tablespoons of Bleach
1.) After cleaning the toilet with the brush, wash/flush off the crude.
2.) Add the bleach to the clean toilet water.
3.) Place your toilet brush in the toilet water.
4.) Let the brush sit for at least one hour.
5.) After an hour, lift the toilet lid and put the brush handle against it.
6.) Close the lid, such that the toilet brush hangs over the toilet.
7.) Let the brush remain at this position until it has dried completely.
Hydrogen peroxide can also be used in place of bleach. And the good thing about this disinfectant is that, it is a more natural than bleach. Therefore, hydrogen peroxide is safer and eco-friendlier than most other disinfectants.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Spray Bottle
1.) Pour hydrogen peroxide into a clean spray bottle.
2.) Place the toilet brush handle just beneath the ring of the lid.
3.) Close the ring, so that the brush is wedged in between.
4.) Spray the hydrogen peroxide on every part of the toilet brush head.
5.) Let it sit for at least ten minutes.
6.) Rinse the toilet brush using hot water.
7.) Wedge the brush under the lid and allow it to dry completely.
Vinegar and Baking Soda:
If you prefer more natural cleaning methods, this is just the cleaning method you were looking for!
- 2 Grams Baking Soda
- Hot Water
- Scrub Brush
- Bucket (large enough, so that it can fully submerge the holder and toilet brush)
1.) Fill half a bucket with vinegar, and the remaining half with water.
2.) Soak your toilet brush and holder overnight.
3.) Sprinkle the baking soda all over the toilet brush.
4.) Using a brush, scrub the brush – Ensure that you reach the area between the bristles.
5.) Run hot water over the toilet brush and holder
4.) Place the toilet brush and holder on a towel to dry
How to Get Rid of Brown Stains on a Toilet Brush
If your toilet brush has already started turning brown, you need to do more than just disinfect it. We recommend that you use baking soda and vinegar, since these natural products are very effective in removing the yucky brown stains. Additionally, baking soda helps to remove any bad odors associated with brown stains on toilet brushes.
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- 1 Cup Vinegar
1.) Flush your toilet, then add baking powder and vinegar to the clean toilet water.
2.) Put the toilet brush in the toilet water.
3.) Let it sit for 1-2 hours, or until all the brown stains are gone.
4.) Wedge the toilet brush under the lid and allow it to dry completely.
How to Clean a Toilet Brush Holder
It is very crucial that you regularly clean the toilet brush. However, you also need to remember to give similar attention to the brush holder. After all, while the holder is not directly involved in cleaning the toilet, germs can be easily transferred from the brush to the holder.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Spray Bottle
- Baking Soda
- Microfiber Cloth
1.) Dump out any water at the bottom of the toilet holder.
2.) Add a little water to the baking soda, so that it creates a paste.
3.) Using a toothbrush, scrub the paste on the holder and remove any dirt or crusted areas.
4.) Rinse off the toilet holder with hot water.
5.) Spray the hydrogen peroxide into the holder.
6.) Let it sit for ten minutes.
7.) Rinse the holder with hot water.
8.) If there is any remaining crust, remove it using the baking soda paste.
9.) Rinse it off again.
10.) Wipe the holder using a clean cloth, then let it dry completely.
How to Store a Toilet Brush
A toilet brush should be stored in a toilet holder. You can either store your toilet brush in the holder that came with it, or you can make your own holder out of a clean container. However, one important fact that you should always remember is that: the toilet brush should be stored only after it has completely dried.
Otherwise, storing your toilet brush while it is still wet can lead to the build-up of germs and bacteria in the toilet holder. In turn, this could result to development of mold, and even pose serious health risks to bathroom users.
How Often Should You Clean Your Toilet Brush
A toilet brush should be cleaned as often as the toilet is cleaned. Yes, you heard it right! More so, if yours is a plastic toilet brush, you should replace it at least twice a year. As for the wooden toilet brushes, these tend to last for longer periods but still require regular replacement.
Indeed, cleaning the toilet brush is an important part of the cleaning activity. The toilet brush and holder hold the nastiest germs in the house. Hence, regular cleaning and disinfecting is very important.
The above tips on how to clean the toilet brush and holder can help you keep these clean, so that they do not transfer germs and sicknesses to people. Follow these tips and make yours not just clean, but a healthy and fresh bathroom.