So you’ve decided to purchase boo, our bamboo toothbrush. Great! Switching to sustainable dental care is a good way to start going green. If this is your first bamboo toothbrush, allow us to share with you the proper ways to take care of boo and use it to its full potential.
Bamboo toothbrush care, cleaning, and storage
You can take care of your bamboo toothbrush the way you normally would with a regular plastic toothbrush.
Rinse and remove debris from the bristles
After every use, rinse the brush with clean water and make sure that there are no bubbles or residue caught between the bristles.
Store in a clean area
Don’t let your brush touch other toothbrush heads to prevent the exchange of bodily fluids and spread of bacteria. Place it away from the toilet bowl, exhaust fans, or any source of impure air.
Air dry in an upright position
Although the bamboo handle is naturally antibacterial, the DuPont nylon bristles may harbor microbial growth if kept in a closed container while damp. Let it dry first, or use a UV toothbrush sanitizer if you need to store it away.
Replace as needed
With proper use, a biodegradable toothbrush can last just as long as the plastic ones. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, or more often if the bristles have frayed.
Recycling, composting, or disposing your bamboo toothbrush
Boo is 98% biodegradable, as its handle is made from 100% moso or mao zhu bamboo, while its bristles are made from hygienic nylon material. Proper disposal should be practiced for each of its parts.
Pluck out the bristles
Use pliers to remove the bristles from the head. Since they are small and lightweight, it may get lost if placed with larger plastics in a recycling bin. Ask your local recycling facility about how they process used bristles. If they have to be landfilled, they will only account for a very small percentage of waste compared to how much you would have generated if you used an all-plastic toothbrush.
Upcycle or compost the handle
The moso bamboo handle is thick and strong. Also, it takes several months to a year before it starts decomposing. There are countless ways to transform it into crafty home decors. When it’s ready to return to the soil, you can put it in your compost pile or leave it in the green waste bin.
Reuse or recycle the packaging
Like the handle, feel free to creatively reuse the packaging. It’s made from 100% kraft paper, so you can also send it to your local collection centers where it can be shredded or pulped for compost. Check out this recycling guide to have a better idea of how to dispose used paper.
MOUTHFUL strives to promote better understanding of sustainable dental health and oral hygiene practices. While we seek credible sources and cite them in our posts, this article does not intend to stand as professional advice. Please reach out to your dentist or a medical expert if you have questions regarding a health condition or treatment.