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How to Recycle A Bamboo Toothbrush?

It’s been three months, and your bamboo toothbrush has started losing its hygienic properties; it’s time to buy a new toothbrush. But what to do with the old toothbrush?


Bamboo toothbrushes are eco-friendly because they are naturally biodegradable. Once you swap your plastic toothbrushes with a bamboo toothbrush, you are already helping the environment by sending no plastic to the landfill. 

The world is becoming a better place! But what happens next? Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three months, so what are you going to do with your used toothbrush?

Instead of just throwing your bamboo toothbrush away, it’s better to invest some time in recycling and reusing it!

How to Recycle and Dispose of Your Bamboo Toothbrush?

Many people confuse recycling a bamboo toothbrush with composting or disposing of it, whereas recycling means converting used material into reusable material. 

One of the significant advantages of a bamboo toothbrush is that it is easy to recycle!


Step 1: Recycle Your Bamboo Toothbrush

When you decide to give a new life to your used bamboo toothbrush, recycling it is the first step. The bamboo toothbrush can be upcycled and reused to avoid a stint in the landfill. 

You can recycle your bamboo toothbrush into a keyboard cleaner, pet brush, or garden marker! 

However, you have to thoroughly clean and sanitize the toothbrush before repurposing, especially when you don’t plan to remove the bristles. 

You can dip the toothbrush into a bowl of hot water mixed with dish soap, leave it for a couple of minutes and scrub off the debris!

Recycling Ideas for A Bamboo Toothbrush

Here’s how you can recycle and reuse your bamboo toothbrush:

1. Use It as A Cleaning Tool

Do you find it hard to clean tiny gaps between the keyboard buttons or the tiles in your bathroom? Your bamboo toothbrush can be the best solution! 

You can use your toothbrush bristles to scrub down the tiles, clean the keyboard and even remove the food stains left on kitchen tables!

2. Use It as A Nail Brush

If you do a lot of gardening, you can use your bamboo toothbrush as a nail brush; if you don’t have one!

3. Place It in Your Garden

Bamboo toothbrushes are smaller in size, so they can easily fit in plant pots. You can use the brushes to help the plants grow straight and tall.

 You can either paint them in aesthetic colours and write the plant name on them. However, make sure to remove the bristles before planting them in your garden!

4. Arts and Craft

 Abstract art is a trend these days. You can go creative with the patterns that your bamboo toothbrush will make. You can teach your kids to do DIY painting and crafting. Your bamboo toothbrush can also be used as a craft project of a wooden photo frame! However, make sure to remove the bristles before getting into making the frame!

5. Use It as A Pet Brush

If you own a pet, you know that they love gentle brushing. Your bamboo toothbrush can help you give your pets that brushing love they deserve.

Once you have decided to get a new bamboo toothbrush, the best possible thing to do is to reuse or upcycle your previous toothbrush. 

With our creative recycling ideas, you can recycle your bamboo toothbrush. However, what will you do with a bamboo toothbrush when you have recycled and reused it multiple times? It’s time to dispose of them in an eco-friendly manner!

Step 2: Remove the Bristles

The first step is to remove the nylon bristles. You can use any type of plier or gripping tool to remove the bristles. However, don’t try to pull too many bristles at once. Try removing them in a circular motion for best results.

After removing the bristles, you will end up with a small pile. Don’t throw the bristles directly into the trash can. To recycle the bristles, they need to be put in a plastic recycling bin rather than in the mixed recycling bin. 

However, you can dispose of the bristles with other non-recyclable material if you don’t have any other better solution!

Step 3: Dispose of The Bamboo Handle

The next step is to dispose of the bamboo handle. If you have an at-home compost system, you can easily discard the bamboo handle into the bio-waste bin. However, if you don’t have a compost system, don’t worry. Since bamboo can compost in every environment, you can bury the handle in your garden’s soil, or you can throw it into your fireplace if you don’t have any other option!

However, make sure to break the bamboo handle into smaller pieces before burying it into the soil. 

This will accelerate the decomposition process. However, the speed of bamboo decomposition depends on several factors such as soil, temperature, and atmosphere; depending upon these conditions, a bamboo handle can take four months to 3 years to fully decompose.

Final Words

Bamboo toothbrushes have a significant advantage in that they are easy to recycle. You can repurpose them in many ways! 

However, it’s important to dispose of the packaging material in an eco-friendly manner. You can get creative and reuse the packaging material as home décor and in art projects.

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