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BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free Toothbrush Guide

BPA, PVC, Phthalate-free Toothbrush GuideFor the last two months the number one search term entered by our readers has been “toothbrush,” so we set out to locate BPA, PVC and Phthalate-free toothbrushes for the whole family.  We were pleasantly surprised in many cases, and of course disappointed at the same time by the number of companies that wouldn’t even respond.

Here’s a preliminary list to get you brushing in non-toxic style!  We found that most toothbrushes are made from polypropylene (#5) and nylon (for the bristles).  We’ll continue adding to the list as we learn about more options.

SafeMama found the following options as well:

What are your favorite non-toxic toothbrushes?

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33 Responses to BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free Toothbrush Guide

  1. Kirstin August 17, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    I also remember SafeMama saying a while back that children's “Oral B” toothbrushes are BPA-free also. Is this still the case? If so, it's great news since this brand is easily found at many drugstores.

  2. Lynn_Anne_Miller August 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    Gosh, just when we think we have BPA out of our sippies and baby bottles, we have to worry about toothbrushes? Who woulda thunk it? Thanks for pointing this out and for the great research. I was just telling Boo tonight he needed a new toothbrush! Hope I can get Batman BPA-free!

  3. thesoftlanding
    thesoftlanding August 17, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    You are SO right! I had Oral B in my original copy, but it disappeared by the time I published. Thanks for keeping an eye out for me 🙂

  4. Barbara Fine August 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    RT @thesoftlanding: BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free Toothbrush Guide #BPAfree #PVCfree

  5. thesoftlanding
    thesoftlanding August 17, 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    I hear you, Lynn! Removing BPA is definitely an overwhelming prospect – but we're making headway little by little!

  6. facebook-1446741257 August 18, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    Lebby “hid” the last toothbrush I bought him, so this is a good time to invest in one of these BPA-free options. The RazBaby link is pointing to the Nuby 3-piece set on Amazon. I assume it's the RaZ-A-Dazzle one that comes up when you google it, but thought I'd point it out, just in case.

  7. Claudia August 18, 2009 at 7:52 am #

    Lynn, are colgate toothbrushes (for kids) safe as well?

  8. thesoftlanding
    thesoftlanding August 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    Hi Claudia,

    We haven't heard back from Colgate yet, but we're hoping to get some info on them soon.


  9. thesoftlanding
    thesoftlanding August 18, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    Hi Kimberly,

    Oops! Thanks for pointing out the incorrect link. It's been corrected now – and yes, it is the Raz-a-Dazzle toothbrush 🙂


  10. maggie August 25, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    so, is polypropylene and nlyon bristles safe?

  11. maggie August 25, 2009 at 11:52 pm #

    so, is polypropylene and nlyon bristles safe?

  12. Different Maggie March 19, 2010 at 12:08 am #

    I am also wondering about the safety of vinyl bristles. I contacted Sonicare and that is what is in their bristles.

    Thank you so much for your work – I will be referring to your site a lot as we try to switch to safer alternatives.

  13. Alicia
    Alicia March 19, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    Hi Maggie – we've never actually run into a toothbrush with vinyl bristles. Everything we've researched has been made with nylon bristles, which appears to be safe.

  14. Different Maggie March 19, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    Will see if I can find out more through research online. No luck so far. If I find anything I will post here. I don't want to have to give up electronic toothbrushes, as they seem great for the gums!

  15. Toothbrush Sanitizer April 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    I think, both polypropylene and nlyon bristles are safe.

  16. theswan8 June 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    I want one of these guides! 😀

  17. Upvc66 August 1, 2010 at 5:40 am #

    Anti toxic plastic

  18. Cholbert21 May 18, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    what about adult toothbrushes

  19. Deane Rogers October 18, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    What brands of toothbrushes did have pvc or BPA?

  20. Burkey April 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    The adult “Preserve” ones sound pretty cool, and I really like their commitment to helping people send their used toothbrushes back to be further recycled. Pack of 6 online for less than $20, I think I’ll give them a whirl. For those also considering toothpastes not only would I recommend a fluoride-free, SLS-free toothpaste, but also consider one without glycerin too so your enamel can heal. I currently use Uncle Harry’s toothpastes, all natural ingredients. The cinnamon one for example contains Calcium carbonate, sea salt, mustard seed powder, cinnamon, eucalyptus,
    clove, oregano, peppermint and wintergreen essential oils, bentonite
    clay, ionic minerals, and colloidal silver water.

  21. Healthy Mama February 16, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    I called sonicare customer service this morning and received a very rude response. I wanted to know if sonicare uses Phthalates in their toothbrush heads. She asked if it was associated with PBA. I said, “do you mean BPA?” She didn’t have an answer (which was fine), but wouldn’t help me talk to someone that could give me an answer. I asked since she didn’t know what it was, if I could e-mail someone in Customer Service…I was told no. Good Luck to whomever sent the e-mail. I hope you get a response.

  22. Brett June 10, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    This is great information! What about the eco-friendly SenzaBamboo toothbrush? Biodegradable and made of sustainable bamboo. There is also a kids version.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters June 28, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      Thanks Brett! We hadn’t come across the SenzaBamboo toothbrush before, but appreciate the suggestion. We’ll look into it! ~Alicia

      • TodayWeLieQuestionMark October 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

        Bamboo products might be sustainable, but they are mostly made with formaldehyde based glues. MMM toxins.

  23. Vicky FdeC October 21, 2016 at 1:15 am #

    Thank you very much! What about Radius? The picture right after the title of this article is of Radius toothbrushes, but it doesn´t seem to be included in the list of safe brands. Would you kindly clarify?


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