So you got rid of your plastic dish brush and opted for a plastic free dish brush, that's great! Let's make sure you get the most out of them.
In this post, I will go over a few best practices. If you are a visual learner, checkout this reel to see our advice in action!
First and possibly most important, always rinse them well. You might have heard bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and that's true! Food particles on the other hand are not. Rinse them with extra care and make sure there aren't any food bits stuck in the bristles.
Once you have rinsed them clean, shake off excess water. This will help them dry quicker. Excess water lingering will promote bacterial growth and mold, so try to remove as much moisture as possible
How you store your brushes is also paramount in proper care. I will give you a few ideas on how and where to store, but the common theme throughout all methods is bristle side down and out of the sink.
A few of my favorite ways to store are on a slatted rack style soap dish or on a Swedish dish cloth. A slatted soap dish to allows water to drain out--less contact with a solid surface will prevent it from sitting in pooled water. Swedish dish cloths are super absorbent, so they will help to wick water from the brushes. They also dry quickly, inhibiting bacterial growth and are easily sanitized with 30 seconds in the microwave while damp. The absolute best way is to store them in a rack style soap dish, with a Swedish dish cloth under the soap dish. This method allows the brushes to drain without leaving water on your counter.
Every so often I also also mix vinegar in a glass bottle and spray the brush heads down with it to sanitize. Focus on where the bristles meet the handle, that's where all the food gunk likes to hang out. Let it sit for a minute, rinse well, shake off excess water then store bristle side down and out of the sink.