The Toothbrush Storage Idea That Saves Valuable Counter Space In The Bathroom

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Most of us leave our toothbrushes out on the bathroom counter without thinking twice about it. While more organized folks might pop them into decorative cups or sleek containers, messier people might leave them by the sink's lip all day. After all, it's most convenient when it's easily accessible, right? Whichever is your preference, the one thing in common is that the tool is on display. But as trends are moving towards a more minimalist counter aesthetic — where it feels more sophisticated to have little clutter on countertops — exposed toothbrushes are going to start looking passé. Rather than creating an airy, clean atmosphere akin to a five-star spa, your bathroom is going to look like a lived-in motel with all your toiletries scattered across the vanity. To avoid that, you can store your toothbrushes on the inside of your vanity door. 

Clear the mess from the countertop and hide it an arm's reach away. Simply hang a container on the inside of the door and stash your various toothbrushes, toothpaste, and chargers inside. This not only removes the visual clutter from your bathroom but also corrals all your hygiene tools in one spot. Plus, the beauty of this hack is that you don't use up any precious cabinet space. Instead, you tap into the often underutilized vertical space of the door. Here is a deeper dive into the hack.

How to hide your toothbrushes inside the vanity door

There are several different ways you can go about this hack. If you want to stay on a strict budget, you can mimic what the TikTok user above did. She found an acrylic organizer at the dollar store that was short enough in width to fit her vanity door but tall enough to store her electric toothbrushes without them falling out each time the door swung open. If you don't have any luck finding a similar container at your local Dollar Tree, you can try something similar on Amazon, like this Acrylic Pen Holder for $9. To adhere it to the door, use Command Strips or a similar product. For the bin to have lasting power, it's best to get strips with a larger weight limit, such as one that holds up to 12 pounds. While that might be overkill, you can rest assured the bin won't come crashing down anytime soon. You can get a 16-pack for $10 on Amazon. You can also get a container with adhesive backing already integrated, such as COLINCH Adhesive Organizer, which is $15 on Amazon.

If you prefer to go a simpler route, you can also achieve the same results with a back-of-the-door organizer with hooks. This doesn't require you to mess with any adhesives since the hooks drape over the door. Such an example is the Vacane Plastic Organizer, which comes in multiple sizes. Depending on how much you have to store and how wide your door is, you can choose the size that works best for you. But the small one that can house two toothbrushes and toothpaste is $14 on Amazon.

Why you should try this hack

Not only does this organizational hack help you keep your bathroom clutter-free, but it also is a more hygienic way to store your toothbrushes. We all know that bathrooms are notoriously grimy rooms in the house, and keeping your toothbrushes out in the open makes them vulnerable to bacteria. That's why they're secretly dirt-magnets. If your toothbrushes are situated close to the toilet, bacteria is released into the air every time you flush. Because of this, it's not uncommon to find up to 100 million bacteria on your bristles, as per Biolase. Storing your brush away from the commode — such as inside your bathroom cabinet — can help you avoid some of this danger. 

You also want to store your toothbrush in an upright position since it helps it dry faster. This also helps to reduce the amount of bacteria that can potentially grow on the head. Since this vanity storage hack will do just that, you're on the right track. However, keep in mind no area in your house is germ-free, so the cabinet will also provide its own set of bacterial dangers. But it will keep your bristles further away from the toilet, which is a positive upgrade.