How to Look After Your Bamboo Toothbrush
Unlike plastic toothbrushes, bamboo toothbrushes actually need looking after. Plastic toothbrushes don’t require any care whatsoever—it’s plastic. You simply unpack a plastic toothbrush (throw away the package), use it for a couple of months and then dispose of it. Less stress to use a plastic toothbrushes right; you’re wrong. Plastic toothbrushes are not biodegradable like bamboo toothbrushes. In fact, plastic will take 300-500 years to degrade. In the end worst still, they will turn to microplastics; small fragments of plastic that pollute the environment.
You don’t want your home overridden by little plastic pollutants, do you? Making the switch to bamboo toothbrushes is the most eco-friendly choice you’ll ever make. Using them is easy: simply compost the packaging, use the bamboo toothbrush for a few months and compost the toothbrush. What about taking care of your bamboo toothbrush within those few months? We’ll show you how.
Tips For Taking Care Of Your Bamboo Toothbrush
Bamboo toothbrushes are sustainable and biodegradable. They are not only eco-friendly; they also have long shelf life. Here are some simple tips to help you look after your bamboo toothbrush for a longer shelf life.
1. Dispose the Package
One of the great things about bamboo toothbrushes are the compostable packaging. Unfortunately, some stores sell bamboo toothbrushes in plastic packaging—do well to avoid these. A good bamboo toothbrush should be packaged in cardboard outer layers and compostable inner liners. The outer layer, the cardboard, is completely compostable and recyclable. The inner liner as well can be composted. You could also hand it over to a compost pick-up business who compost on commercial scales.
The main point is that you should compost your package. If you don’t need the compost, simply dispose the package in a recycling bin. Don’t worry; the outer cardboard box is made of 100% paper and is totally biodegradable.
2. Keep Your Bamboo Toothbrush Dry
Because plastic toothbrushes are impenetrable, little care is needed. Bamboo toothbrushes, on the other hand, require more care. The major problem with bamboo toothbrushes is that mould could grow up on the bottom. Users always find it difficult to get rid of mould on bamboo toothbrushes. To avoid that, ensure that your brush stays dry at all times throughout its use. By doing this, you ensure that your toothbrush stays in better shape over the course of use.
Don’t be alarmed if your bamboo toothbrush changes colour over time. A new bamboo toothbrush is light wood. The handle will darken after daily use. This is perfectly normal for an organic material. If anything, it means that your toothbrush is in perfect condition—you’ve done a good job of taking care of it.
3. Reuse or Compost Handle
You can also up-cycle or compost your bamboo toothbrush. Before you compost your worn-out toothbrush, you can reuse it. You can turn your old bamboo toothbrush to a cleaning tool used to scrub stains in the toilet and on clothing. You could also use it as a plant marker in your backyard garden.
To dispose off your bamboo toothbrush properly, please view the video here.