Wooden Dish Brush Care & Upcycling Ideas
Our customers often ask us “How long does a wooden dish brush last?” Well, it’s like buying a pair of dress shoes. If you take good care of them, your shoes can last a pretty long time, right?! The same goes for the dish brush. Here are a couple of things that you can do to give your brush the long life it deserves.
Unlike a plastic dish brush, which can be thrown into the dishwasher, wooden brushes tend to become cracked and damaged by the heat.
To disinfect your brushes:
- Mix even parts dish soap + vinegar and immerse the brush bristles into the mixture for about one hour.
- Pro Tip: I like to add a teaspoon of baking soda to the mix because it is known to remove odour.
- When the time is up, rinse your dish brush and place it bristles downward, which will allow excess water to run off, away from the wooden handle.
The key to keeping your dish brush in optimal condition is to store it properly after use. Some things to keep in mind:
- Dry as quickly as possible after use.
- Avoid putting your long handle brush into a jar. This will cause the water to run toward the wood, causing damage over time.
- Try hanging your brush using the hole or metal hoop at the tip of the handle. If hanging is not possible, place the brush with the bristles down onto a small, flat dish.
- Empty the water from the dish if you see any.
Generally, my brushes last about 6 - 8 months before I upcycle them. That’s right! Once my dish brush no longer serves me in the kitchen, I find other uses for it, depending on the type of brush.
- Use it to clean your barbecue or stove top. The thick bristles are great for heavy duty scrubbing. Note: Do not use on glass stoves.
- Use this brush to clean your kitchen or bathroom sink, the bathtub or to wash your boots after a muddy hike.
- Depending on the length of your handle, you could use it to clean the rim of the toilet bowl. Simply store it in a jar behind the toilet when not using. Alternatively, use it to clean hard to reach places like the inside of an oven.
Once you are ready to say good-bye, you can place the entire brush into your compost bin. Given that the handle is quite thick, it will take it some time to break down. There is no need to remove the bristles if they are made from plant fibre. If your brush has synthetic bristles, which is often the case with some bamboo toothbrushes, remove the bristles with pliers before composting.