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Magnetic Toothbrush Holder

Toothbrush holders are too small for most toothbrushes, but this DIY wall-mounted neodymium magnet holder can handle any size, from large battery-powered to unusual curved designs.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Building a better toothbrush holder

The problem:
Battery-powered toothbrushes don't fit in toothbrush holders and end up lying on a wet, messy countertop.

The solution:
Mount neodymium (“rare earth”) magnets on a Corian mounting strip with Super Glue. Glue the strip to the wall with Super Glue or silicone caulk.

Tools and materials:
To make the mounting strip, cut a Corian threshold (available at tile stores and home centers) with a miter saw or jigsaw. Neodymium magnets are available from internet suppliers (search “neodymium magnets”). We used 1/2-in. x 2-in. x 1/8-in. magnets, grade N42 (the higher the grade, the stronger the magnet). You can double them up if you need more holding power.

Neodymium magnets are incredibly strong but break if handled roughly. Order several more than you need—shipping is expensive. Also, don't handle neodymium magnets if you wear a pacemaker, and never leave them next to your computer or credit card. For more safety information, search “neodymium magnet safety” on the internet.

Adding screw

Adding screw

Make Any Toothbrush Stick

Battery-powered toothbrushes have hidden steel parts that stick to magnets. Mount standard toothbrushes by adding a tiny screw or metal washer to the back.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Miter saw
    • Cordless drill
    • Caulk gun
    • 4-in-1 screwdriver
    • Level

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Corian threshold
    • Neodymium magnets
    • Super glue
    • Clear silicone caulk
    • Masking tape
    • #4 x 3/8-in. screw

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October 22, 12:40 AM [GMT -5]

Just wondering why you specify rare earth magnets? Wouldn't regular magnets work just as well?

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