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The most commonly used item for oral hygiene, the toothbrush, is not as clean as one might expect...

There are germs everywhere but what makes toothbrush germs worrying?

Toothbrushes are known to harbour millions of germs including E. Coli, Staph Aureus, Candida, and many more. Faecal bacteria have also been found on toothbrushes, raising concerns that our gut flora could be affected (American Society for Microbiology, 2015), making shared bathrooms the most concerning places to store toothbrushes.

Toothbrushes are often washed with tap water after use and left to dry by the bathroom sink at which point it had already collected germs from our mouth. These germs do not only go on to multiply over time (e.g. bacteria doubles every 4 to 20 minutes) but the toothbrush is also exposed to other sources of germs in the bathroom like the toilet and neighbouring toothbrushes.

If You Like It (Clean) Then You Should Put a Cover on it?

Using a toothbrush cover to prevent these germs may seem like a good idea but studies have found that covered toothbrushes harbour more germs than uncovered ones. This is due to the simple fact that a damp environment is the best condition for many pathogens to grow.

A study by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) has also found that toothbrush holders are likely to harbour more germs than a toilet seat - it came third as the most germy item in a household.

Therefore, you could be brushing your teeth with faecal matter (or worse) if your toothbrush isn't properly disinfected.

The Solution to Toothbrush Germs

Kluo Caps Portable UVC Toothbrush Steriliser is a brand new innovation that is the answer to oral hygiene. Kluo Caps works automatically for 3 minutes and kills 99% of germs on your toothbrush. It also has a magnetic back and comes with a metal plate, which you can stick to your bathroom wall and pull Kluo Caps off the plate whenever you need to charge it or travel.

Being made from wheat straw plastic, Kluo Caps is more easily biodegradable and every single Kluo Caps has its own unique wheat straw pattern. Kluo Caps UV LED light bead is also made to last 10,000 hours (that is around 270 years for twice daily usage). The trick to keeping Kluo Caps looking fresh and clean is to make sure you tap off excess water before putting your toothbrush in to prevent unsightly water stains. There is also a 6-month warranty on the UVC light bead so any bead that stopped working within the first 6 months will receive a FREE replacement.

With a 2-hour charging time every ~20 days, you can enjoy a germ-free toothbrush with every single use.


American Society for Microbiology. (2015, June 2). Toothbrush contamination in communal bathrooms. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 6, 2021 from

Frazelle, Michelle R, and Cindy L Munro. “Toothbrush contamination: a review of the literature.” Nursing research and practice vol. 2012 (2012): 420630. doi:10.1155/2012/420630

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