How to Clean a Waterpik Cordless Water Flosser
A Waterpik cordless water flosser is one of the best things you can invest in for your oral hygiene. Anyone who's used one will never turn back to regular flossing. After a few bouts of cleaning, it's a good idea to clean your Waterpik cordless water flosser so that it stays in tip-top condition.
While affordable enough to make it accessible to almost everyone, performing infrequent light cleaning will prolong the life of your unit and grant you the most hygienic experience every time. Here's how to clean your Waterpik without any risk of damaging your unit.
Cleaning a Waterpik Cordless Water Flosser
Clean your valve before further cleaning. If you can remove it, then do so and wash it thoroughly with warm water or in a dishwasher. Cleaning the handle of your Waterpik is just as easy as the rest of the unit. Submerge the whole thing in warm water and white vinegar solution for five to eight minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Step-By-Step Waterpik Cleaning
- Mix a solution of two parts warm water to one part white vinegar or substitute the vinegar for hydrogen peroxide. Make sure that you've mixed enough to fill the reservoir and clean the outside. Start off by cleaning the outside of your Waterpik using a soft cloth. With the outside clean, it's time to move onto the rest of the unit.
- Eject the tip and either clean or store safely.
- After cleaning the outside, remove the reservoir.
- Clean it either in a dishwasher or by means of a handwash with using dishwashing soap.
- Reassemble your Waterpik and fill the reservoir with the water and vinegar solution.
- Run your Waterpik until the reservoir is depleted.
- Repeat the process using clean tap water.
Cleaning Waterpik Tips
Follow these points to leave your tip clean, but Waterpik tips should eventually be replaced every three to four months.
- Eject the cleaning tip and store in a clean place.
- Soak the tip in a solution of two parts water to one-part hydrogen peroxide for five minutes (alternatively soak it in a mix of two parts water, one-part white vinegar).
- Rinse well before soaking for a further five minutes in clean water.
- Run your Waterpik with the cleaned tip on until the reservoir is depleted to ensure cleanliness.
Never use a harsh chemical to attempt cleaning your Waterpik. Stay away from bleach, salt, baking soda, any types of oils or any minerals; all these chemicals will shorten the lifespan of your water flosser. Another key precaution to keep in mind is that you obviously can't submerge the main unit in water, as this is where the electronics are situated.
It's best to guarantee that the reservoir is completely dry after cleaning and before reattachment. Otherwise, there is the risk of bacteria growing in the crevices where moisture is locked in once set in place and in operation.
Try a Foaming Plastic Cleaner
Consider buying a foaming plastic cleaner. Always do a spot test before cleaning the whole of your flosser. We'd recommend testing the cleaner on the plastic beneath your brush or its holder so that if there's a reaction, it’s not noticeable. Most good plastic cleaners are mild enough to provide foaming action that stands little chance of seeping through to the electronics. In this way, you'll never need to worry about water damage.
Natural Cleaning Solutions
Alternative natural cleaning solutions for use on the outside of your unit include lemon juice and a blend of bicarb and vinegar. If your handle or base is starting to form a dirty layer or grow discolored, then wipe down the outside leaving your choice of natural cleaner to stand on the surface for 15-20 minutes.
Wipe clean with soapy water, and then wipe clean again with a clean damp cloth to get rid of residue. Natural cleaning solutions like a light wipe with lemon juice are perfect for keeping your cordless water flossing clean on a day to day basis. If you do this, you'll never need to worry about harsh chemical cleaners.
Keeping Your Waterpik Cordless Water Flosser Clean
All water flossers will eventually experience a mineral buildup making cleaning necessary. Clean your Waterpik regularly to prevent severe buildups, which can harm your unit and its ability to clean your mouth and teeth.
Most people find that their Waterpik cordless water flosser needs cleaning once a month to guarantee hygienic operation and long-lasting durability. Always take care when cleaning the base of your water flosser. This is where you find the electronics so never use a wet cloth, and refrain from any direct contact with water.