We often get asked about the best way to look after an electric toothbrush, how to maximise the life of its new battery, how to store it correctly and what heads to use so we’ve laid out some hints and tips below. Feel free to add any you’ve thought of!
After you’ve brushed your teeth with your electric toothbrush, remove the head and rinse both the head and the exposed shaft of the toothbrush under running water. Dry the head and the toothbrush handle on a towel.
Store your toothbrush handle lying horizontally on its back to stop water seeping down the shaft and past the seals into the inner workings of your toothbrush.
Store the head somewhere dry where it’s not sitting in a pool of water. This will minimise the growth of mould or bacteria.
To maximise the lifespan of the rechargeable battery inside your toothbrush there are a few habits that will delay replacing the battery.
Wait until the battery is run down before recharging it. Your toothbrush might have an ’empty’ indicator or you might just notice that the motor is slowing down significantly.
Charge the toothbrush until it indicates the battery is full, or for 24 hours, whichever comes first. Don’t exceed the 24 hours because overcharging Ni-MH batteries can shorten their lifespan.
Don’t store the toothbrush on its charger between uses, as repeated top-ups can shorten the battery’s life.
Unplug your charger when it’s not in use to save a little electricity and maximise its operational life.