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How To Clean Gunk Off An Electric Toothbrush [4 Simple Steps]

April 13, 2021
Posted By: Mikaeya Kalantari
4 Easy To Follow Steps For Cleaning Gunk Off Your Electric Toothbrush

Does the gunk and buildup on your electric toothbrush gross you out every time you see it on your bathroom counter? If you are the proud owner of an electric toothbrush then you probably know well the gunk I’m talking about! I’m talking the white, brown, crusty stuff that you typically see around the rim of where the electric toothbrush head connects to the electric toothbrush base.


 Excess water, spit, and toothpaste can combine together and build up in the excess space between where the replaceable brushing head inserts into the electric toothbrush body.  It can also accumulate where the toothbrush sets into the charging base. This is a normal occurrence but one that, if not maintained on a regular basis, can lead to mold and bacteria growth.


Luckily there is an extremely easy, and effective way to clean up this gunk and sanitize your toothbrush while you are at it! Only two ingredients are necessary for this cleaning hack and it works like a charm! Follow these 4 easy steps and you will be well on your way a clean mouth and a clean brush in no time!

How To Clean Your Electric Toothbrush

Easy Homemade Electric Toothbrush Cleaning Solution


Step 1: Pour about ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar into a small bowl.


Step 2: Add 5-6 drops of lemon essential oil to the bowl


Step 3: Mix ingredients together well.


Step 4: Dip a clean washcloth into the mixture and scrub your electric toothbrush head connection and your electric toothbrush base connection until all is clean. Continue to dip washcloth back into the mixture as it becomes necessary. You can also wipe the toothbrush base of anything is accumulated there as well.


Easy Peasy right!? Now, if only cleaning the entire bathroom was that easy! Happy Brushing!



Dr. Mikaeya Kalantari has been a practicing pediatric dentist for over 7 years working in both the children's hospital setting and private practice.  She has had a wealth of experience treating children of all ages, and medical conditions. When it comes to serving children, she feels the importance of communication between the dentist and parent can not be emphasized enough. Dr. Kalantari practices in her family owned dental office in Mission Viejo, California

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