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meladeso Tue 22-Jan-19 07:33:11

Put loo brushes in the dishwasher on their own, on hot setting, followed by a hot wash on empty??!!!

WoogleCone Tue 22-Jan-19 07:34:18

I'd have to discard the dishwasher afterwards :/

Etihad Tue 22-Jan-19 07:36:26

I don’t think I would do that.

Just wondering how much all that hot water/electricity/detergent would compare financially and environmentally to getting some cheap new loo brushes?

LaurieFairyCake Tue 22-Jan-19 07:36:29

Of course it's fine ! Dishwashers temperature is set to kill all bugs

I wouldn't and don't even do a hot wash afterwards

finn1020 Tue 22-Jan-19 07:36:49


popcornwizard Tue 22-Jan-19 07:37:13

Yes envy not envy

Thisgirlcant Tue 22-Jan-19 07:37:27

Put them in a bucket with boiling hot bleach water.

LaurieFairyCake Tue 22-Jan-19 07:37:35

The rule of thumb is always to reuse before re-buying

Bishbashthrash Tue 22-Jan-19 07:38:07

That is disgusting!

peeblet Tue 22-Jan-19 07:38:28

yesenvy you can cheap replacements -
even John Lewis basics is £3

GetYourRocksOff Tue 22-Jan-19 07:38:48

Just ditch the loo brush. Gross things.

shitwithsugaron Tue 22-Jan-19 07:39:35

I'm pretty lax on certain stuff slattern but I don't think even I'd do that, OP.

RainbowWaffles Tue 22-Jan-19 07:41:17

Just buy a new one, treat yourself.

1Bobbinwinder Tue 22-Jan-19 07:41:19

Bleach is your friend here, surely?

Etihad Tue 22-Jan-19 07:41:20

Yes I agree about the reusing thing, as much as possible. But putting loo brushes in the dishwasher is gross and not very efficient as you would be using a huge amount of water. Bucket of hot water is a good idea!

Thisisthelaststraw Tue 22-Jan-19 07:41:58

I have no idea but I wouldn’t do it.

Tiny particles of faecal matter flowing around my dishes 🤮

Stompythedinosaur Tue 22-Jan-19 07:42:27

I don't think I would do this personally.

ErictheGuineaPig Tue 22-Jan-19 07:42:47

Jesus christ, why????

Why would you need your loo brush to be that clean when it just gets used to clean a loo? Why would your risk contaminating your food area for it? I can't fathom what your thinking is here?!

81Byerley Tue 22-Jan-19 07:43:13

It shouldn't be necessary. Every morning when I clean the bathroom, I put bleach down the loo and scrub round it, then leave the brush in the loo soaking while I clean the rest of the bathroom. I'm sure the bleach leaves the brush fresh and clean.

MirandaWest Tue 22-Jan-19 07:43:28

I wouldn’t. If I felt the loo brushes couldn’t be used any more I would buy new ones.

scrivette Tue 22-Jan-19 07:43:38

I am very lax about these sort of things and even I wouldn't!
This is the sort of thing bleach should be used for!

Tattybear16 Tue 22-Jan-19 07:43:41

Gag moment. Can’t beleive you’re even considering it.

meladeso Tue 22-Jan-19 07:43:44

I know the thought of it makes me envytoo, but I'm sick to death of how easily we just discard plastic.

I am NOT buying new ones ever 6 months or whatever. I don't care how cheap they are.

Any alternative suggestions? Did someone say bucket of hot water and bleach?

LaurieFairyCake Tue 22-Jan-19 07:44:12

My dishwasher is eco friendly so uses less water than hand washing.

I do my 4 loo brushes, pots they go in, pots they stand on (it's a whole contraption) every month in the dishwasher. It's a full load, wouldn't put anything else in with them.

MirandaWest Tue 22-Jan-19 07:44:20

But not sure why the loo brush would need to be that clean anyway

LaurieFairyCake Tue 22-Jan-19 07:45:13

I've had my loo brushes 3 years! They cost £15 each (in a sale). There's no way I'd discard plastic like that.

meladeso Tue 22-Jan-19 07:45:39

@ErictheGuineaPig and @MirandaWest so would you just keep the same ones forever and ever?

meladeso Tue 22-Jan-19 07:46:11

@Tattybear16 what do you do in your house?

LaurieFairyCake Tue 22-Jan-19 07:46:30

These are my loo brushes - they're designed to last

KeptTheBeachesShipwreckFree Tue 22-Jan-19 07:47:01

Why would you buy a new one when there's nothing wrong with the one you have already from it being a bit mucky? That's a bit wasteful imo

I don't have a dishwasher so can't answer your question but I swill our bog brushes under the flush in the loo and put hot water and washing up liquid in the little holder thing. That seems to keep them clean enough (they don't have to be sparkling because they are only coaching the loo after all).

KeptTheBeachesShipwreckFree Tue 22-Jan-19 07:47:23

cleaning the loo I meant

Sproutingcorm Tue 22-Jan-19 07:48:24

Urrrgghhhhh! Don't do it op!

Even if DW temps are set to kill all bugs (and I don't think I've seen that guaranteed anywhere in the instruction booklet) why would you knowingly introduce potential e-coli /salmonella and other nefarious things in to a space in which you wash your plates and cutlery?

Why not soak them all overnight in a bucket of dilute bleach or Dettol? Or if you don't want to use chemicals, how about putting them all in a bucket, with clear industrial vinegar or some bicarb, and pour over a couple of kettles of boiling water?

PlumpSyrianHamster Tue 22-Jan-19 07:48:34

What a waste of energy. Why not just soak them in bleach.

ChickenCrimpy Tue 22-Jan-19 07:49:05

What are you doing with the brush that it's so significantly dirty after 6mo? How are you storing the brush, can it dry between uses?

I mean, by all means, knock yourself out with bleach and boiling water. But it's just going to get plonked back in the bog again, right? And you'll be back where you started.

meladeso Tue 22-Jan-19 07:49:25

@Sproutingcorm yes that's sounding like the best option

IlluminatiParty Tue 22-Jan-19 07:49:36

Absolutely not. YABU. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Bucket of boiling water with some bleach is more hygienic.

Sarahlou63 Tue 22-Jan-19 07:50:13

FFS. Put a splash of bleach in you loo. Use the brush to clean the loo and you've got a clean loo and a clean brush.

lynnepot Tue 22-Jan-19 07:51:01

Yeah I'm not comfortable with something going down the loo being put in something that cleans your dishes and utensils.

It's simple really. Bleach down. Comeback five minutes later scrub and flush. By the time the brush enters the loo the bleach has already killed all the germs.

AfterSchoolWorry Tue 22-Jan-19 07:51:12

Jesus Christ. So it's not just an urban legend. 😷

cushioncovers Tue 22-Jan-19 07:51:18

Nope. As someone else has said a bucket, boiling water and some bleach.

BinkyBuntyFintyCunty Tue 22-Jan-19 07:51:26

Yes. It would OP.

Frouby Tue 22-Jan-19 07:52:06

Ditch the brush OP. Haven't had one for 10 years and my loos are sparkly clean.

Just leave bleach on skidders, it works. Then once a week I give them a good bleach and wipe round with some kitchen roll. Then once a month when the bathroom sponge is on it's last legs I use that to give it a really good scrub.

meladeso Tue 22-Jan-19 07:52:12

They're actually 3 years old, I just noticed someone on another thread saying they replaced theirs every 6m which I think is awful.

They're no dirtier than anyone else's I'm sure.
I'm just curious do people keep them forever and accept they're loo brushes and therefore acceptably grim, or does everyone just waste tons of plastic.

Lots of PP coming on all (understandably)horrified at the suggestion but not many actually saying what they do that's better.

ErictheGuineaPig Tue 22-Jan-19 07:52:40

I do almost exactly what kept says. Swill out under the flush and put some bleach in the little pot thingy. I don't understand why you would need them to be 'dishwasher clean'. They do one job and that means they will be full of germs all over again, every time you use them.

meladeso Tue 22-Jan-19 07:53:22

@ErictheGuineaPig yes, that's what I do now. And do you keep those brushes forever??

ErictheGuineaPig Tue 22-Jan-19 07:53:43

Yes I just accept they're grim. They're not used for anything else so it doesn't matter.

Beaverhausen Tue 22-Jan-19 07:54:07

I do not use a toilet brush, a good dose of bleach works wonders.

GobblersKnob Tue 22-Jan-19 07:54:21

Of course you can. People put chopping beards that have had raw chicken on. That doesn't somehow magically contaminate all else.

People are weird about loo brushes (even off Mumsnet). There was an experiment once where people were asked to lick chocolate sauce off of a brand new loo brush that they had watched being unwrapped from the packaging in front of them. Most could not do it and many were gagging.

Loads of people stick sponges and dish brushes into the dishwasher to sanitise them, which are normally vile and insanely germey.

Go for it, and good for you on the plastic waste front.

meladeso Tue 22-Jan-19 07:56:12

@AfterSchoolWorry it almost is, only one person has said they do it

Stardustinmyeyes Tue 22-Jan-19 07:56:26


I thought it was an urban legend too.

meladeso Tue 22-Jan-19 07:56:50

@ErictheGuineaPig that's how I've viewed it so far

Sproutingcorm Tue 22-Jan-19 07:57:25

Raw chicken (which may or may not contain salmonella) is a bit different from excrement surely? shock.

I'm not precious about housekeeping but I can't believe what I'm reading here.

redyawn Tue 22-Jan-19 07:58:45

YADefinitelyNBU. What a thoroughly disgusting idea!

BeekyChitch Tue 22-Jan-19 08:01:58

Please no! envy just use the same one and bleach it in boiling water when necessary in its own bucket. No need to throw out!

Bluntness100 Tue 22-Jan-19 08:02:05

That's disgusting. We all know dishwashers still have particles of food stuff after a wash in thr machine. The thought of it being particles of shit really turns my stomach.

Boiling water and bleach and clean them, or buy new ones.


OneStepMoreFun Tue 22-Jan-19 08:03:28

You don't need to chuck them out or stick them in your dishwasher (weirdest suggestion I've ever heard on mumsnet.) Just put strng bleach and boiling water in the brush container for a few hours.
I've had the same loo brushes for years. They are clean and white and don't smell.

KonekoBasu Tue 22-Jan-19 08:05:14

"There was an experiment once where people were asked to lick chocolate sauce off of a brand new loo brush that they had watched being unwrapped from the packaging in front of them. Most could not do it and many were gagging."

It's not that weird really, the association between loo brushes, toilets and faeces is really strong.

babyboyHarrison Tue 22-Jan-19 08:05:51

Put a load of bleach in the toilet and stick the brush in and leave overnight. Give it a good scrub around in the loo in the morning and then continue to scrub while you flush the toilet to rinse it off. Job done. Clean brush and toilet!

BruceAndNosh Tue 22-Jan-19 08:05:53

IKEA do black loo brushes.
White ones end up looking gross however much you clean them

Angie169 Tue 22-Jan-19 08:05:58

how would you clean it if you did not have a DW ?
I can not stand the smell of bleach , so once I have cleaned the loo i put a TINY amount of Jeyes Fluid in the bowl and boiling water and stick the brush in that . Clean loo and brush .

Ellie56 Tue 22-Jan-19 08:08:39

Can't believe I've read this! Yes hugely disgusting. As PP suggested put them in a bucket of bleach and hot water.

Somewhereovertheroad Tue 22-Jan-19 08:10:19

Couldn't you sterilise them in a bucket with Milton?

Angie169 Tue 22-Jan-19 08:10:45

we have black ones at work , no matter how hard you try they always seem to have bits of tissue stuck to them they are horrid .

Has anyone seen the wood and natural bristle ones recently ? before plastic brushes were around I think everyone had wooden ones didnt they ?

IShitGlitter Tue 22-Jan-19 08:11:12

This is a fucking grim read on a tuesday morning shock

Loo brushes are gross at the best of times I just use bleach for any marks left leave for a while come back and its all gone grin

Rikalaily Tue 22-Jan-19 08:11:38

Fill the holder with bleach water and leave it soaking for a while.

Onecabbage Tue 22-Jan-19 08:14:06

Why do you need loo brushes to be that clean, I keep mine clean by swilling it in the flush and drenching it in cleaning product.
I wouldn’t put a loo brush in my dishwasher.

FamilyOfAliens Tue 22-Jan-19 08:14:42

And people in here wonder why some of us won’t have a toilet brush in the house.

planespotting Tue 22-Jan-19 08:15:38

We keep ours fr years.
I can't believe people so easily dispose of plastic crap like that. Well, because they don't see where ot all goes of course. Terrible.
A planet full of rubbish. Awful.
I pour toilet cleaner in toilet. Wash the toilet with the brush, flush. Then rinse the toilet brush again in the clean water. Zero cases of stomach issues here.
There are more germs on a kitchen than in a toilet btw

MarthasGinYard Tue 22-Jan-19 08:18:33

Grim enough to have loo brushes in your carsies

But to put them in a the DW


PhilomenaButterfly Tue 22-Jan-19 08:20:33

Is it any worse than washing a mooncup in the dishwasher?

twentypencemore Tue 22-Jan-19 08:20:42

A few people have mentioned bleach and boiling hot water, I was taught that bleach is more effective in cold water?

BasinHaircut Tue 22-Jan-19 08:21:42

I have never cleaned my toilet brush as a stand-alone job.

Loo cleaning for me is:

Get rid of as much water as possible from the bowl

Loo cleaner under rim and down the sides, into the little pool of water at the bottom.

Stick loo brush in little pool of water/cleaner and leave for a bit

Come back and brush all round toilet then flush, which rinses toilet and brush.

My brush has black bristles, was about £2 from Ikea and I’ve had it 4 years. Still going strong.

I wouldn’t put it in the dishwasher because I don’t consider (a) that that would make it any cleaner, or (b) that i want to mix my eating and shitting equipment

Drogosnextwife Tue 22-Jan-19 08:23:01

Loo brushes are gross at the best of times I just use bleach for any marks left leave for a while come back and its all gone

Thank God someone talking a bit of sense, toilet brushes are disgusting. Why are people keeping shit sticks next to their toilet!

Lalliella Tue 22-Jan-19 08:23:08

Ffs that’s gross.

Also why would you throw them away?

Do what planespotting says, why would anyone do any different?

However @FamilyOfAliens, am interested in what you do, how do you manage without one?

VerbenaGirl Tue 22-Jan-19 08:25:10

Nooooooo! Don't do it. Throw it away and buy a new loo brush.

planespotting Tue 22-Jan-19 08:25:30

@PhilomenaButterfly yes because you can't compare the bacteria. You don't get E coli in a mooncup for example, if you do get it, a fair amount of it then you can get a UTI
Hence the front to back wiping
Completely different. And you will wash it first.
I wouldn't do it as you just boil it for 10 minutes, but I am not buying into periods being "dirty"

SavageBeauty73 Tue 22-Jan-19 08:27:33


GertrudeWilloughby Tue 22-Jan-19 08:30:21

What on earth are you doing with your loo brush that it needs to be dishwashed? confused

It's not a stick to dislodge clods of shit from the bowl above the water line... 🤮

Footle Tue 22-Jan-19 08:34:08

Don't inhale if you're putting bleach in boiling water. There are some mad people here.

Dontsweatthelittlestuff Tue 22-Jan-19 08:36:56

When we moved into this house the only thing the sellers had left was the loo brush in the upstairs loo. I have changed the loo and fittings but am still using that loo brush.

VanGoghsDog Tue 22-Jan-19 08:38:37

Well, I would not put it in the DW, but I'm not sure why they need to be thrown away every 6m. I do as the PP have said, swill the loo round (I don't 'get rid of as much water as possible' - how do you do that?), pop some bleach in, scrub with the brush, flush and hold the brush under the flush. My brushes look clean, they don't look 'grim', though I wouldn't eat with them nor put them in the DW (but then, I don't need them to be 100% germ-free, since I don't eat with them....).

namechangechanger Tue 22-Jan-19 08:39:58

They're toilet brushes they're just gonna get gross again and they're only brushing the toilet nothing else so just I'd bleach them to kill germs. I don't think you have to be as extreme as putting them in the dishwasher lol.

DarklyDreamingDexter Tue 22-Jan-19 08:42:13

OMG what a revolting idea. No! Just disinfect with bleach.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 22-Jan-19 08:42:17

Put bleach in the toilet, put brush in to soak for a bit. Add hot water if you think it needs it (it probably won't).

What on earth was going through your mind when you thought about putting a clarted poo scrubber where your cutlery goes?!

AriadnePersephoneCloud Tue 22-Jan-19 08:45:27

I have never owned a toilet brush, the thought of them is just disgusting 😅 as with the other non owners on this thread, a bit of bleach and a quick scrub by hand when required. Sparkly toilets... Well as Sparkly as they ever will be with four children confused

Firesuit Tue 22-Jan-19 08:48:29

As bleach by itself will get a toilet perfectly clean, just not as quickly, presumably it will do the same for a white plastic brush. Just leave the business end of the brush in the toilet bowl that has had the normal amount of bleach added, for an hour or three.

oliveoyl72 Tue 22-Jan-19 08:49:05

I think Mumsnet needs a new board called WTF

theplot Tue 22-Jan-19 08:49:10

shock I'm now traumatised after reading this WHAT THE FUCK

oliveoyl72 Tue 22-Jan-19 08:49:18


Eliza9917 Tue 22-Jan-19 08:50:27

Angie169 Tue 22-Jan-19 08:10:45
we have black ones at work , no matter how hard you try they always seem to have bits of tissue stuck to them they are horrid .

Has anyone seen the wood and natural bristle ones recently ? before plastic brushes were around I think everyone had wooden ones didnt they ?

This place has them:

ThumbWitchesAbroad Tue 22-Jan-19 08:51:50

I suspect it would be fine but I wouldn't do it.
Likewise I wouldn't put petfood dishes in the dishwasher either, although I know many do.

TornFromTheInside Tue 22-Jan-19 08:53:45

If you're hell bent on on some hot wash, why not just boil a kettle, pour into a bucket, and mix with bleach - then disinfect and clean you loo brush like that?

Dishwasher? never in a million years. I'm half minded to think this is a wind-up!

Ladyoftheloch Tue 22-Jan-19 09:04:32

Fill your mop bucket with boiling water and disinfectant, leave the loo brush in for half an hour, that will kill off anything.

diddl Tue 22-Jan-19 09:07:31

"It's not that weird really, the association between loo brushes, toilets and faeces is really strong."

Not just that-licking something off bristles is surely going to cause a gag reflex to a lot of people?

FlipF Tue 22-Jan-19 09:09:53

Haha, I love how passionate Mumsnet is about loo brushes.

Sorry if already suggested but why not use a non bristle toilet brush. It’s basucally a cake scraper for your loo. Just as efficient and a LOT easier to keep clean.
AMAZON - for eg. There are different types.

TheCowboy Tue 22-Jan-19 09:13:50

I just wish the UK would get with the 21st century and start installing those little jet wash things they have in Asia.

C8H10N4O2 Tue 22-Jan-19 09:14:32

If you are putting bleach in a bucket of very hot/boiling water I hope you are doing it outside or in a very well ventilated area

Jimjamjong Tue 22-Jan-19 09:17:30

Loo brushes aren't disgusting if they are used properly. You need to use the brush after flushing so the loo paper is already gone. Then use the brush and flush as many times as necessary to rinse off the brush.
Use the brush to clean the inside of the loo with whatever product you usually use to clean your loo (no need to do that every time, the brush is no dirtier than the inside of the loo).
If you are looking at e-coli, you will find they also lurk in your reusable bags, kitchen counter and any place in contact with food or faeces. As long as you don't put them in your mouth (i.e. wash your hands) you should be fine.

Omgineedanamechange Tue 22-Jan-19 09:22:04

Jesus fucking Christ I can’t believe people would even consider this.

jessstan2 Tue 22-Jan-19 09:22:59

It'll will be fine. You can run a cleansing cycle afterwards. What a good idea! Wish I'd thought of that.

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