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How to Dispose of Your Bamboo Toothbrush

Bamboo toothbrushes are the perfect oral care products for the environmentally conscious. While they are touted as eco-friendly, they need to be disposed of properly once they serve their primary purpose to make sure they break down as naturally as possible.


Most bamboo toothbrushes last for about 6 months and itís highly recommended to replace your toothbrush regularly. The bristles will eventually wear down and bacterial can build up. Unlike plastic toothbrushes which are entirely made from non-biodegradable materials, disposing of your retired bamboo toothbrush is pretty easy and there are so many ways to do it properly.

Upcycling & Repurposing Your Bamboo Toothbrush

Retired bamboo toothbrushes can be used to clean things in your house. Generally, toothbrushes are great for cleaning. You can use them to scrub the grout in your bathroom, clean shoes or help with washing up. Donít forget to sterilize them before using them on your cheese grater or garlic crusher.

Bamboo toothbrushes are also a handy tool on your desk. You could use them in cleaning your keyboard and other electrical items.

Use your bamboo toothbrushes for DIY and crafts. Old bamboo toothbrushes can become paint stirrers and can be used creatively for any crafts. It can be used to create a new paint effect or plug a gap. Toothbrushes can also be used into a photo frame.

When you remove the bristles of your old bamboo toothbrush, you can use it as a plant marker. You can stick them in the ground and write something on the handle. You could also use it as a chew toy for your pet.

Proper Disposal of Your Bamboo Toothbrush

Bamboo toothbrushes should be taken apart for proper disposable because not all of its parts are biodegradable.

For instance, while the bristles on bamboo toothbrushes are considered by many people as eco-friendly, nylon is not biodegradable at all. Some bamboo toothbrushes have castor oil bristles but they still contain nylon material. So to properly dispose of the bristles, you can either snap off the head of the toothbrush or remove the bristles using tweezers or pliers. You can then toss them into your plastic recycling bin or check with your local recycling center to find the best way to recycle the bristles.

As for the handle of your toothbrush, you can simply toss them in your compost bin. Bamboo is biodegradable and breaks down easily. This can be directly put into the garden compost, food waste or in the garden, buried. You can also add them to the woodpile if you have a fireplace. Even if your bamboo toothbrush handles end up in the landfill, you can take comfort from the fact that it will eventually break down in a few years.

Finally, disposing of the packaging of your bamboo toothbrush is pretty straightforward. Most of them come in cardboard boxes which are 100% biodegradable and recyclable. You can either throw the packaging into your recycling bin or find another purpose for it like for arts and crafts.

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