Ideally, the toilet should be scrubbed every two weeks or twice a month, and a toilet brush should be cleaned just as often. Maintain the cleanliness and effectiveness of your toilet brush by...
Cleaning the Toilet Brush
Don’t let the muck you’ve cleaned out of your toilet linger in your bathroom via the toilet brush. Like the toilet, your brush should be regularly cleaned once or twice a month. To clean, fill a bucket half full of warm water and add two cups of bleach. (Optional: use the toilet bowl instead of a bucket). Set the toilet brush within, and allow to soak for an hour. Once clean, rinse the brush with fresh water, and allow to dry completely. While the brush is drying, clean the brush holder with a disinfectant wipe.
For a green option, perform the same steps but with two or three cups of washing soda crystals instead of bleach. Soak in this solution for several hours. Though it takes longer, this method is just as effective as bleach.
Note: Cleaning water should be warm, but not scorching. Some believe that scorching water better kills germs but that is actually the combination of disinfectant with warm water. Scorching water can damage the brush (and burn skin!) over time and shorten its longevity.
Storing the Toilet Brush
Many toilet brushes come with a holder for storage. While the holder is ideal for maintaining the brush, make sure it does not become a breeding ground for germs or unpleasant odors. Do not store a wet or dirty brush in a holder.
Some people recommend adding disinfectant to the toilet brush bowl holder. While this can be effective for cleaning the toilet brush, be aware that large amounts of chemicals or cleaners should not be left in the open air (there’s a reason these are stored in sealed containers). Most especially, keep all chemicals out of reach of pets or children.
Toilet Brush Replacement
Replace a brush if it starts to display any of the following signs:
- Brush and/or bristles become yellow or gray
- Bristles are splayed, soft, or sticking together.
- Bristles fall out
On average, a brush should be replaced once a year, but brushes that are properly cared for may last longer.