Humble Brush: A Review

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After I was told by my doctor that I had to get a new toothbrush or risk getting strep again, I went on the hunt for a toothbrush. To my delight, I found some Humble Brush bamboo toothbrushes at my local grocery store and brought one home for a test run. Admittedly, I wasn’t seeking out something greener, but when the opportunity presented itself there was no reason not to choose the more responsible product.

Toothbrushes are, surprisingly, a big waste-generator for such a small item. Dentists recommended getting a new brush every 6-months or so. I’m 26, so that means - if I've been following that recommendation exactly (which I haven’t) - I could’ve thrown away 44 toothbrushes and their plastic packaging in my life. It doesn’t sound too bad until I remember that plastic never decomposes (my used brushes will still be around when my great-grandkids start learning to brush their teeth - ick).

About Humble Brush

Back to Humble Brush. Humble Brush is made by The Humble Co., a Sweden-based company trying to change the world through well-designed, eco-friendly and socially responsible personal care products. The Humble Brush is made of bamboo and fitted with nylon-6 bristles from DuPont. Nylon-6 makes for a softer and more hygienic bristle with a carbon footprint comparable to wool. There are different bristle hardness’s available for people with different levels of sensitivity. And the brushes are dentist-recommended, a fact which helped alleviate my concerns and was actually the deciding factor on whether to make the purchase or not.

My thoughts

And (spoiler alert) I’m glad I made the switch. I’ve been using my Humble Brush for three months now, and I’m very happy with how it cleans my teeth, how thoroughly it dries between uses, and how it feels in my mouth as I brush. At my recent dentist appointment, I was told to keep on keeping on because the way I was taking care of my teeth was working; he’s seen no difference in the health of my teeth. And as a bonus, it looks great on my bathroom counter (sounds superficial, I know, but it’s important for this designer!).

However, three months ago I might have told you a slightly different story. Going from a typical small plastic toothbrush head with lots of variation in bristles that go all the way to the edge of the head, to a stick of bamboo in my mouth with a much narrower spread of bristles was definitely an adjustment. It took some time to get used to the woody taste/feeling, to figure out how big my brushing circles had to be, and to get used to tilting the brush so I could reach my gums without rubbing the bamboo along my mouth… Seriously, before I tried the Humble Brush, I’d never thought so much about toothbrush design!

But before I gross you out with too much detail, I will say that after a few weeks I barely noticed those differences anymore. So for anyone that’s contemplating switching to bamboo, do it! There’s an adjustment period even for switching between plastic toothbrushes, and you just get used to the differences after a bit. The bamboo doesn’t scratch or splinter, and the bristles spread slightly as they’re used. It’s a good toothbrush; how clean your teeth are after use depends entirely upon how well you brush.

Toothbrushes are interesting because they are designed to meet a simple need - cleaning teeth. And once that need is met, extra bells and whistles don’t give you a whole lot more satisfaction. For me, the knowledge that once my toothbrush has reached the end of its life, I can pull out the nylon bristles and compost the bamboo handle is worth a lot. And because of that fact, I’ll be sticking with Humble Brush. Thanks The Humble Co., for giving me the chance to choose responsible self-care.

Disclosure: This review is in no way sponsored or endorsed by The Humble Co. I purchased the product with my own funds and all opinions are my own.