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    • As-Salaamu Alaikum r3tr01d (what is with these handles?)

      I’ve explained to Sylvia above how to use. Just put it in your mouth, chew it and begin scrubbing away.

      To clean it, just wash it with water. You can do this as often as you like, but I’d suggest at least once a day and more if possible.

      I’m glad you brought this up because I didn’t mention it in the article. It is very important that you keep your miswak clean. Keep it away from dirty places and try not to let it fall on the ground.

      Washing it frequently will remove bits of food and other particles that will inevitably find it way onto your miswak.

    • As-Salaamu alaikum Drsns41 (how is that pronounced?)

      Nothing wrong with using toothpaste on your miswak. Miswak is not a religious duty so you have the option to use toothpaste or flavored miswak.

      In fact, I know there’s a toothpaste that is marketed as having miswak extract in it. I don’t know how effective it is.

      But keep in mind, when you use toothpaste, you’re going to spit it out. This would make it difficult to use it anywhere else except for at home or in a bathroom.

  1. Salam alaykum,
    I’ve tried using miswak but am not sure if I was doing it right. Is there any video to see how it should be used?


    • Wa alaikum Salaam Sr. Sylvia,

      I checked Youtube and there are a few videos about how to use a miswak.

      But really, it’s nothing complicated. Like I mentioned in the article, it’s just a stick. Just put it in your mouth, chew the ends until it’s get a litte frayed, and scrub your teeth.

      Miswak doesn’t splinter to it won’t cut your mouth or tongue. Even if you just let it sit in your mouth without chewing, it will eventually soften up and become like the picture in the article above.

  2. Hello…I see the stick is long, after much use, can one cut off the end /brush and chew on the stick to start another brushing surface? Thanks in advance ….

    • walaikumussalam … bro everything depends on niyat – intention ………so whenever u start to use miswak …make intention that due to blessings of miswak allah tala will take away bad habit of smoking from u …… will b difficult but later inshallah u will see result ………secondly take some water read bismillah n then this dua 3 times and whisper on water and drink it (with niyat to keep away from smoking) ..after some days u will feel that u actually started to hate smoking….

      la ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minazz zalimeen…allahu nooruss samawati wal ardh…la takhuzuhu sin na tawn wala naum —3 times

  3. Today there are several other hygiene products for the mouth such as toothpastes and mouthwashes. Although some may say that the effect of the Miswak is today outdated by these alternative products, studies have shown that the Miswak can actually be much more effective in preventing gum disease and killing bacteria. In fact the World Health Organization has even recommended the use of the Miswak.
    This tool is very easy to use, cheap and not to mention more convenient than buying a toothbrush and paste. This great 2 in 1 tool comes with several health benefits such as preventing gum disease, gingivitis, plaque, and whitening of the teeth. Another interesting thing the Miswak does is that is helps to stimulate the tastes buds causing a more rich flavor in ones eating. Also, the Miswak can even help improve digestion.

  4. As salaamu alaikum,
    JazakaumAllah khair for this practical article.. I have a couple of questions:
    1. How often do you recommend cutting off the end? At the end of the day?
    2. What happens if your miswak dries out, like if you leave it in your car or jacket? Throw it out?
    3. How do you know if ur miswak has gone bad?

  5. Brothers,
    got a question, after we use, what’s the best way to store miswak, do we need to keep in water or just clean and dry? how to keep it fresh , soft all the time


  6. Thank you and Jazakalakhair for this very helpful article and great reminder on the benefits of miswak. I happen to sell miswaks online for those in the US who need them.

    Your Sister in Islam,
    Grandma Jeddah

  7. They last 3-4-5 months, depending. I trim mine back about every 3-4 weeks. I haven’t seen if that is the rule to do but that’s what how I’ve been doing it. I hope that helps.

  8. Its an incredibly great rewarding Sunnah not only for reviving it but which also helps you say the Kalimah La ilaha ilallah at the brink of death Inshallah,its use was that great that the sahabas used it even in the battlefield which helped alarm the opposition where they rumored to have thought that it was used to eat them after avenging the bodies hmm ‘The Miswak spells out Strategy & Wisdom!’…an absolute mujizah!!

  9. How about taking small piece of miswak like one inch long and chewing it?

    Just using it like people use betel nut or gutka.

    Is it benificial and ok?