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Best Toothbrush Sanitizers and Cleaners

Updated on July 20, 2009

Cleaning Your Toothbrush

It's always a good thing to throw out your old toothbrush and use a brand new one every three months or so, but in-between the old and new toothbrush, you'll want to make sure that you keep your current toothbrush clean, so every once in a while it's a good idea to properly sanitize your toothbrush. It may be easier to just trash your current toothbrush and replace it with a new one, but in order to best save a few bucks and to prolong the lifespan of your toothbrush it's a good idea to just sanitize your current one. Plus, if you don't clean the bristles, you're leaving microscopic creatures, bacteria, germs, and all sorts of grossness in the bristles.

If you really look at your toothbrush under a microscope, you'll probably find millions of microorganisms living on the bristles, so in order to reduce the risk of an infection or illness, such as periodontal disease and common colds/flu, you'll definitely want to consider cleaning your toothbrush every now and then.

There are many methods of cleaning a toothbrush, most of which involve using a chemical or steam, but these aren't always the best methods. It's basically like putting chemicals right back into your mouth. So, the alternatives can include using dry heat, steam, and UV to clean your toothbrush in a proper toothbrush sanitizing product.

Below, I've included some of the better toothbrush cleaners. Hopefully, you'll be able to find something that you're interested in. I know that I've purchsed the Germ Guardian Toothbrush Sanitizer for myself.

Germ Guardian Toothbrush Sanitizer

The Germ Guardian Toothbrush Sanitizer is probably one of the best toothbrush cleaners, killing 99% of all germs on the bristles using dry heat to penetrate deep into the toothbrush. The dry heat is a safe method to cleaning your toothbrush when compared to chemical and steam methods of cleaning toothbrushes, and it won't harm the plastic handle or electronic toothbrush heads.

The Germ Guardian Toothbrush Sanitizer holds more than just the standard toothbrush; it can hold different styles including manual toothbrushes, electronic, and battery-operated toothbrush heads.

All you have to do is run the sanitizer for 45 minutes, and the dry heat will fully sanitize the bristles on your toothbrush, killing the germs that cause colds, the flu, and other illnesses.

And with the slim, compact design of the Germ Guardian toothbrush cleaner, it can be situated on your bathroom counter and take up minimal space, or you can mount it on the wall.

Germ Terminator Toothbrush Sanitizer

The Germ Terminator Toothbrush Sanitizer uses dry heat and steam to clean your toothbrush, making it all natural. You can clean up to two toothbrushes at a time, and the product fits both manual (standard) and electric toothbrushes.

The product kills 99.9% of germs on your toothbrush, which means you can easily keep your toothbrush free of germs and bacteria between brushing. It only takes seconds to use after each brushing.

All you have to do is plug in the Germ Terminator, place your toothbrush in the basket, replace the cover, and add water. The steam cycle starts automatically when you add water to the product, so when you see and hear the steam fill the chamber, you know that your toothbrush is being cleaned. After the steam dies down, the dry heat cycle will automatically follow, keeping your toothbrush clean until your next brushing.

VIOlight Toothbrush Sanitizer

The VIOlight toothbrush sanitizer has a stylish design, but for the most part it only cleanse manual toothbrushes. The VIOlight sanitizer kills 99.9% of bacteria on your toothbrush using germicidal UV technology, which means that you don't have to worry about knocking the product over and spilling water or making a mess on the counter top.

The product is very safe to use and holds four toothbrushes at a time. The manufacturer claims that the one bulb lasts for over 2,000 hours of use, which is pretty good, and when you do need to replace the bulb, it's easy to access and replace, which is definitely a nice advantage.

There is a removable drip tray that is easy to access, as the cap snaps in and out of place. The drip tray is a nice addition to have because it helps clean the toothpaste residue and water marks on the toothbrush.

And, the grip bottom, helps to ensure that the toothbrush cleaner doesn't get knocked over on the wet counter top.

You'll find that after cleaning your toothbrush, the bristles won't feel any different, but they will be 99% cleaner.

Travel VIOlight Travel Toothbrush Sanitizer

If you have tried the VIOlight Toothbrush cleaner, then you may be interested in the travel version. You can easily store one toothbrush in this case. It will even sanitize your toothbrush in 6 minutes.

Philips Sonicare UV Sanitizer

The Philips Sonicare UV Sanitizer fits the Sonicare e-series and ProResults brush heads, as well as other leading rechargeable brands including Oral B Flexisoft and Floss Action. You can clean up to two brush heads at a time with the Sohincare toothbrush cleaner.

It only takes 10 minutes a day using the UV technology to thoroughly kill the bacteria and germs on your brush heads. When you're ready to clean your toothbrush heads, you insert the heads in the chamber, close the unit, press start, and the cycle begins. UV light radiates through the unit and reflectors help the light reach to every nook and cranny of the brush head. After 10 minutes, the product automatically shuts off.

Remember that you should replace your brush heads every three months, that's even if you regularly sanitize them in the Sonicare UV Sanitizer.


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    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I am so bad at that. Cheap, I guess? I keep them way too long. Now that I read your hub, I am considering changing my ways.

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Wow that's so nasty. I've heard that before, but it's gross every time.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for the good information.  I will add one point and one story about toothbrushes if I may be so bold.

      When you flush your toilet some of the spray can travel 10 feet.  So where one positions their toothbrush and what shelter it is given are important if one is inclined to worry about germs.

      And a story about travel.  A couple was in Jamaica on vacation and spent a lot of time out of their room, of course.  When they got home and developed their rolls of film (this was maybe ten years ago, before digital [for those of you who remember that far back]) they came across photos of their Jamaican maid with their toothbrushes stuck up in her anus.