Brushing your teeth is your first line of defense in fighting dental plaque and tooth decay. However, just like any other brush, a toothbrush is vulnerable to germs and bacteria. But, you can prevent these unwanted elements with safe storing, such as with a DIY toothbrush holder.
Keeping your teeth clean is the most important way to keep our teeth and gums healthy. You can achieve this by brushing your teeth regularly – two to three times daily.
Brushing your teeth for two minutes every brush is needed to eliminate dental plaque and bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum diseases. This only shows that a toothbrush is a significant armor against future serious dental problems.
Properly storing your toothbrush will lessen the bacteria build-up. Your DIY toothbrush holder should be kept away from someone else’s toothbrush and from the toilet and sink. You don’t want it to be splashed by soapy or dirty water.
Aside from keeping your toothbrush clean, keeping your toothbrush holders and containers clean is also crucial. Washing the containers and holders regularly will promote proper dental hygiene.
To keep your toothbrush clean and properly stored, here are some DIY toothbrush holder ideas that won’t hurt your pocket.
Bottle Cap Toothbrush Holder
Only using large bottle caps and Velcro, you can now DIY your toothbrush holder wall. Recycling and up-cycling is the new trend – reuse, rethink, and recover materials. All you need to do is find a large bottle cap and remove the labels if there are any. Get a cutter or any equipment used for cutting and cut a small notch or opening to hold your toothbrush.
Be creative! Paint the bottle caps with non-toxic paint. Decorate, draw, color, and customize the bottle cap. Feel free to use your imagination and create a toothbrush holder masterpiece. Let the paint dry.
Velcro stickers are the next thing you will need. Cut the Velcro sticker into small pieces that are enough to hold the bottle cap and your toothbrush. Paste the first side of the Velcro sticker under the bottle cap and the other side of the wall. You can remove the bottle cap toothbrush holder anytime you want to clean it. Just remember to dry the caps first before storing your toothbrush.
PVC Pipe Toothbrush Holder
Who said that PVC pipes are just for plumbing? PVC pipes can also be used as toothbrush holders. First, gather your supplies – 1-inch PVC pipe, PVC pipe end caps, command hooks, cutter, and a power drill. These materials won’t hurt your pocket.
Cut the pipe into 4.25 – 5 inches. Get your power drill and drill a hole on the back area of your PVC pipe at about half an inch from the end. Wash the pipes and end caps thoroughly. If you are not content with the color of the PVC pipe you have, get some non-toxic paint and decorate your own PVC pipe toothbrush holder. You can also add stickers and other materials that will make your DIY toothbrush holder suit your taste.
If you are done with the decorating, it’s time to place the hooks. It is really up to you if you want to use adhesive command hooks or screw hooks. If you are planning to use command hooks, simply stick it on the surface where you want to place your toothbrush holder. Allow at least one hour before hanging the toothbrush holders.
If you want to use screw hooks, drill a hole on the wall or any surface where you want to install the toothbrush holder. Hammer a heavy duty anchor into the drilled hole and install the screw hook. You can instantly hang your toothbrush holders.
Animal Toothbrush Holder
These cute animal toothbrush holders can encourage your kids to brush their teeth regularly. Have a dino-fun toothbrush experience! Grab a hollow plastic dinosaur toy and punch some holes through the dinosaur toy. Measure your toothbrush and mark the toy before cutting through. You can use a craft knife in cutting. Remember that the hole should be big, but not too big, to fit the bottom to the middle part of the toothbrush.
You can also try other plastic animals – lion, tiger, dog, cat, and others. You can even paint the toy animals if you want to, especially if these are already worn out and their colors already faded.
Additional DIY Toothbrush Holder Ideas
- Prescription bottles
- Mason jar
- Wall hanging
- Plastic bottles
- Another toothbrush
- Old lantern
- Travel pouches
- Toothbrush case
Our Final Thoughts on Creating a DIY Toothbrush Holder
Now that you have ideas on how to make a DIY toothbrush holder, it’s time to store your toothbrush correctly. Also, consider letting your toothbrush go if it already needs to retire. Storing your toothbrush for more than three months, even when kept clean and so are the toothbrush holders, can invite bacteria to thrive in.