How to Clean an Electric Toothbrush Base
Every electric toothbrush needs to be maintained to guarantee good hygiene and long-lasting operation. The frequency of cleaning depends on your own personal habits, but we’d generally recommend that you clean the base lightly after each use.
We’ll be detailing a list of ways to perform a rigorous clean instead of the spot cleaning that you’re used to. Use any of these methods to get a particularly dirty base clean, and to do a thorough clean once every month or two.
Methods To Clean An Electric Toothbrush
Give it a Wipe
Start off by giving the electric toothbrush base wipe down using a soft cloth dampening with some soapy water. Always start off with something that’s mild instead of abrasive. You can always change cleaning agents if the stubborn dirt sticks.
Try to use as little liquid as possible. You’re trying to avoid getting the unit wet in anyway. The slightest amount of damp can cause water damage to the electrical circuit of your toothbrush.
Create a Cleaning Solution
If there is any deeply set dirt or grime that’s created a layer that’s hard to get rid of, then wipe down the toothbrush base with a 50/50 solution of bleach and water. Leave the mix on after wiping the whole unit for about fifteen to twenty minutes before wiping clean with soapy water, and then once again with clean water.
You may need to repeat the process, but there are few other solutions to sort out this problem as effectively without leaving harsh traces of chemicals.
Try Cleaning With a Natural Solution
As an alternative to this solution, mix up a 50/50 blend of baking soda and vinegar. As it starts fizzing, use this to wipe down the base of your electric toothbrush. Leave the solution applied for at least twenty minutes before wiping it off using warm soapy water.
Give it a final wipe with a clean, dampened cloth to get rid of all soapy residue. Over time, both methods will eventually eat away at the plastic housing of your electric toothbrush base, so it’s up to you to decide which method you feel is safer. They’re equally effective.
Want Something Milder for Regular Cleaning?
While not as strong of a cleaner, you can also resort to using pure lemon juice. The citric acid works away at any debris or grime that may be present. Whenever you resort to an alternative natural cleaner like lemon juice, you’ll probably need to apply it more than once.
Follow the same cleaning procedure as recommended before but perform multiple rounds if there’s any dirt that still sticks. It’s best to use a light natural cleaning agent from the get-go to prevent dirt and bacteria from amassing in the first place.
Getting Rid of Discoloration
The best way to start getting rid of mild discoloration that can occur is to use a weak-but-stronger solution of bleach and water. Again, work sparingly with the water using it to dampen your cloth rather than wetting it.
Wipe the whole machine down and then take the time to make sure that it’s free from any detergent residue. It’s generally best to use a clean cloth dampened with plain water to make sure that you’ve gotten rid of it all.
Picking Away Stubborn Grime
Dirt and grime often get stuck in the crevices of your electric toothbrush. While not the easiest, using a toothpick to clean out hard-to-reach places before wiping with soapy foam is the best method. Try covering your toothpick with a washcloth if you’re worried about scratching the surface of your electric toothbrush base.
Alternatively, use a mildly abrasive material like a dishwashing sponge to scrub off any stubborn grime.
Try a Foaming Plastic Cleaner
Ideally, it is best to use a cleaner that has been specifically formulated for plastic. Foam cleaners are best as they reduce the chance of moisture making it through to the underlying electronics. Make sure that the cleaner that you pick is nonabrasive.
Always start off by testing the cleaning agent on a small area of your electric toothbrush’s base, perhaps at the bottom, to make sure that there is no adverse reaction.
Keep Your Electric Toothbrush Base in Good Condition
The best way to guarantee that you’ll never struggle with stubborn dirt and grime, thereby suffering the risk of ever-multiplying bacteria, is to keep your electric toothbrush and your electric toothbrush base clean.
A light wipe is all that it takes to save yourself the poor hygiene and hassle of an unnecessarily dirty electric toothbrush.