Toothbrushes to fit vintage porcelain ceramic toothbrush holders

MicroTipThird up in 3-for-Wednesday Reader Shout-Out: Kristin hunts down toothbrushes to fit old-time porcelain toothbrush holders.

She writes:

hi. i live in a tudor cottage built in 1940. i have 2 full bathrooms that have all original tile work and ceramic accessories including toothbrush holders over the sink. i would love to be able to use these but all the modern toothbrushes have really big and round handles that won’t fit in the holder. do you have any toothbrush brand recommendations for toothbrushes that will actually fit in these holder?

Thanks so much, kristin

I did a little hunting around and sent Kristin a link for Butler Gums. They are available on Amazon (affiliate link below) and other vendors:

Now I can’t find her blog (Kristin, so sorry, remind me and I’ll add the link), but I know she found another model on the very same website that she said would fit. Proof: That there is no detail too small for us retro renovators. Finally, I must note that I also advised: Use an electric toothbrush. Truly. I am also a woman of many dental sagas, this is good advice, I’m telling you.


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  1. Gabbie says

    LOL!! Thanks so much for addressing this. It drives me crazy that so many houses have the ceramic tooth brush holders and most of the modern toothbrushes don’t fit!

  2. scurl says

    wow! this drove me crazy too! besides, i dislike the “new-fangled” style toothbrush. They ruined oral hygiene for me when they added the little rubber thing at the bottom of the handles, and it’s only gotten worse since. The toothbrush i’m using now just says “equaline” on the handle and it fits perfectly in our toothbrush holder. My toothbrush before was a “recycline”, it fit ok, but has an odd curve and some ridges that made it sit funny in the holder. Another brush that works really well is made by “fuchs”. that means fox in german. anyways, hope that helps.

  3. Rob says

    I used to have the exact same problem! Try Rite Aid Drug Store-they have their own brand of plain colored flat toothbrushes that come in assorted colors & fit very easily in the original ceramic toothbrush holders that were installed in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s & 70’s and they are under a dollar each!!!

  4. wndl says

    I use the cheapo (88 cents each!) toothbrushes from Big Lots, which sound similar to the ones Rob describes from Rite-Aid. Actually, this reminds me that i need to go stock up again.

  5. Jan says

    I’ve found often that a store’s own brand of generic toothbrush (around me, anyway) tend to have more narrow square handles (easier to hold in my opinioni, too). And it’s not just the ceramic holders. My parents and I both have metal / chrome toothbrush holders like Hall-Mack made and it’s hard to find a toothbrush to fit them, too.

  6. says

    Ahhh we totally have this problem! Our house is circa 1962 and, for some strange reason, our bathrooms are circa the 1940’s. I just put a milk glass tumbler in the kids’ bathroom for their toothbrushes and in ours we just lay our toothbrushes on the ceramic tile mounted soap dish.

  7. Ann Morgan says

    I have been searching for a slim handled toothbrush which will fit into our vintage ceramic tile toothbrush holder. Thank you for the tip.

  8. Bill Needy says

    I am looking for bistro table legs about 20″ high. The rebar legs will meet my need. The tables will be made from a log, 18 to 20 inches in diameter, cut in about 3″ thick.

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