Is It Time to Replace Your Nasty Toilet Brush?

replace nasty toilet brush

One of my pet hates when going into commercial or public toilets is seeing the skanky, brown bristles of the toilet brush that are barely contained in the holder it’s balancing on. The state of many toilet brushes in homes are like an overused toothbrush that has bristles going any which way. There could even be bits in the bristles that no one needs to see.

While it may be a hard-working utensil in your home, it doesn’t have to look well used and past it’s use by date. No one needs to know how well loved your toilet brush is in keeping your toilet clean.  Hide the evidence people.

kmart toilet brush holder
Our main toilet with a Kmart toilet brush and holder.

I’ve owned a few toilet brushes in my time. I’ve purchased an expensive toilet brush from a plumbing supplier to the cheap and modern from Kmart. I tend to go for somewhere in between because I don’t want to constantly replace the toilet brush and it’s better for the environment if you buy right once and clean it regularly.

I’m a fan of the toilet brushes with a high lid. The brush is contained, can be easily cleaned and is easier to place back in the holder, unlike the balancing ones. BUT, the holder can accumulate with water after a clean which can be gross and you do not want this to fester. While you can use bleach to clean and allow both the holder and toilet brush dry after being cleaned, you can also use a few drops of essential oil in water to disinfect. I’d use Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon or even On Guard.  These smell a lot better than bleach too.

Toilet brushes can come in a variety of different styles. There are ones where the brush bristles are black and they sit in an open vessel (would not put these in bleach). It’s up to you what works in with your bathroom décor and what will scrub the toilet bowl best. I find the metal toilet brush holders are the best with kids. If it falls over, it won’t break like the ceramic ones do (and have done for me before). But I do have a ceramic one in my ensuite.

I’ve found some stylish toilet brushes online that will do the job and still look good after scrubbing away.

Stylish Toilet Brushes

Muse Phoenix Toilet Brush in Black $34.95

Black toilet brush

Home Republic River Toilet Brush in Blush $19.99

blush toilet brush holder

Home Republic Urban Toilet Brush in Charcoal $23.99

grey toilet brush

Mercer + Reid Ollie Toilet Brush $23.99

mercer + reid toilet brush

Regent Toilet Brush in Stainless Steel $9.00

regent toilet brush


Aspire Retreat Grey Toilet Brush Holder $39.95

aspire retreat toilet brush

Serah Elephant Toilet Brush $99

serah toilet brush

Kmart Scandi Toilet Brush Set $12.00

kmart scandi toilet brush


When was the last time you replaced your toilet brush? Do you get repulsed by the state of some toilet brushes in public toilets?

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