DIY Self-Disinfecting Toilet Brush

DIY Self-Disinfecting Toilet Brush

Does the thought of the germs and bacteria that may be breeding on your reusable toilet brush gross you out? Here’s a clever and inexpensive solution: hack a barber’s disinfecting jar to create a self-cleaning toilet brush system.

Posted on the Make: Projects wiki by Sean Michael Ragan, this 30-minute project builds a standard plastic toilet brush into the lid of a barber’s disinfecting jar. The brush gets submerged in the disinfectant (e.g., Barbicide) after use, solving the problem of where to store your toilet brush and how to keep it from getting all germy.

You’ll need a drill and a small saw in addition to the toilet brush, disinfecting jar and disinfecting solution (both of which you can find at beauty supply stores).

Some neat things about the project that you might not get from a manufactured toilet brush caddy is that the glass helps you see how much solution is left in the canister (the blue liquid is pretty cool looking too), and the closed-lid design helps keep the solution from evaporating. You can also add toilet bowl cleaning detergent to the canister to help make cleaning the toilet even simpler. Photo by Sean Michael Ragan

Self-Disinfecting Toilet Brush [Make: Projects]


  • Or you could just buy a toilet cleaning brush with a longer holder and pour disinfectant till it covers the brush, and keep it topped up. Lets face it your gonna lose liquid faster every time you use the brush on your loo, than from evaporation! Cheaper and less time wasted, plus it leaves your loo smelling like disinfectant!! It’s what I do.. :}

  • not a good idea if you have kids or pets; toilet cleaner is poisonous, you don’t want it lying around on the ground in a container which spills easily/is easy to tip over

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