Bamboo toothbrushes are quickly becoming a staple in many households, not only because they're naturally antimicrobial, but also because of their eco-friendliness and biodegradability. While a plastic toothbrush will sit in a landfill, the best bamboo toothbrushes naturally decompose after it’s been disposed of.
The majority of bamboo toothbrushes come with nylon bristles which feel nice against the teeth but are also firm enough to sweep away bacteria and plaque around each tooth. Many of these nylon bristles are charcoal infused which help absorb and bind bacteria together and then remove it from the mouth. They're also great for whitening teeth, as they absorb much of what typically stains your teeth when you drink tea, coffee, and red wine.
However, you might want to remove the nylon bristles when you're done with it to make the toothbrushes fully biodegradable. If you'd rather not bother with that, I've included a fully biodegradable toothbrush with boar bristles.
To help you choose the best toothbrush for you, here are five of the best bamboo toothbrushes out there to give your mouth a fresh and clean feeling, all while being eco-friendly. And since you're supposed to change your toothbrush every three months so you don't want to spend too much on each one, none is more than $5 per toothbrush.
1. A Set Of Classic Nylon Bristle Toothbrushes
Available in a four pack, this is a great option for a nylon-bristled bamboo toothbrush that's affordable and reliable. Each toothbrush has an ergonomic handle with a comfortable-to-hold curve for easy and effective brushing, as well as soft bristles so they feel good on the teeth. And with each toothbrush individually labeled with a number, your family or roommates can keep them all in the same bathroom and still easily tell each one apart. Plus, it comes in 100% recyclable packing.
According to a reviewer: "I’ve used numerous bamboo toothbrushes before, and none are anything like this. The bristles are so soft, the contour of the handle is a sleek ergonomic design that allows for comfort while holding, and they are very durable. I have tried countless bamboo toothbrushes before and these brushes blow the competition away!"
2. A Set Of Bamboo Toothbrushes With Charcoal-Infused Bristles
With great ratings on Amazon, an ergonomic design that makes it comfortable to use, and plastic-free packaging, this set of bamboo toothbrushes with charcoal-infused bristles for an extra boost of cleaning. The smooth and natural bamboo handle is water resistant and doesn't splinter, so the toothbrush doesn't require more care than a standard plastic version. Plus, you can feel good about using it: It's PETA-certified as being cruelty-free and vegan, and Wowe has pledged to donate 1% of sales to One Tree Planted, an organization that works to bring trees to areas that have experienced deforestation.
According to a reviewer: "So first of all yes in the beginning it does feel weird for about 1 week, but after you get use to the brush it's wonderful. The bamboo even gets softer over time. The charcoal on the bristles keeps them clean and the bristles are so soft. I just switched to my 2nd one in the pack, the first one lasted 4 months."
3. A Fully Biodegradable Set Of Bamboo Toothbrushes
If you want a fully biodegradable toothbrush, this set with boar bristles is for you. The boar is a medium firmness (but can be softened up a little by placing them under warm water before use) and it comes with a sturdy and smooth bamboo handle. It also comes in paper packaging that's recyclable.
According to a reviewer: "Clean teeth really well [...] Toothpaste lathers like crazy, so less toothpaste can be used [...] Bristles feel really nice after being softened with a little water."
4. A Budget Set Of 12 Bamboo Toothbrushes With Nylon Bristles
Made of nylon and bamboo charcoal bristles, this set of bamboo toothbrushes is an excellent choice if you want the same quality clean as a traditional toothbrush but with a bamboo handle. At barely more than $1 each, it's a great budget-friendly way to have bamboo handles. However, according to reviewers, the packaging is lined and might not be recyclable.
According to a reviewer: "I bought these toothbrushes to cut down on how much plastic I was using. [...] These are the best toothbrushes I have ever used. The soft bristles feel great on my teeth and gums. The size of the head helps to get to the backs of my teeth. I wish I had tried these sooner."
5. A Set Of Bamboo Toothbrushes For Kids
For a smaller sized bamboo toothbrush, grab this colorful set perfect for kids. It features a comfy smooth bamboo handle and BPA-free, organically colored bristles. According to the manufacturer, it's suitable for toddlers and those up to 6 to 8 years of age.
According to a reviewer: "My kids love these toothbrushes! I like that they’re colored so we can tell who it belongs to, and the bristles are soft (according to my 5 year old lol). Great product!"
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