how to clean a toothbrush

HOW TO CLEAN A TOOTHBRUSH: In this post, we’re going to address a common household item that we use to clean our mouths daily- the toothbrush. You use your toothbrush daily to scrub the food from your teeth, but all most of us usually do to clean the toothbrush is rinse it and give it a shake.

Cleaning your toothbrush will help you get through winter’s cold and flu season somewhat more healthy. If you are like most people, you are reminded every day of the countless bacteria that exist in your mouth. In the end, that’s one of numerous reasons we brush our teeth each morning.

But where do these germs go when we brush? Yes, a few of them go down the drain, but far too many remain on our toothbrushes. Toothbrushes are a breeding ground for numerous types of bacteria and viruses, including those which can cause the flu and the common cold. 

Just a note: I am referring to the manual type of toothbrush throughout this post. An electric toothbrush should only be cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instructions.   

What do the experts say? The National Dental Association suggests that you clean, sterilize, and replace your toothbrush routinely (every 3 months). 

HOW TO CLEAN A TOOTHBRUSH

HOW TO CLEAN A TOOTHBRUSH



Below are a few strategies to clean your toothbrush: 

1.Soak your toothbrush in peroxide. Rinse thoroughly before using again. You can store your toothbrush for every day cleaning in a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Whenever you brush your teeth, change out the hydrogen peroxide. 


2. Boil for approximately 3 minutes. Boiling water will kill germs effectively. To do this, boil enough water to fill a coffee mug. Pour the boiling water into the mug and let your toothbrush sit in this for three minutes or until it cools, which is usually not very long.


3. A toothbrush can be put in the dishwasher’s upper rack compartment to be sanitized. You can run your toothbrush through your dishwasher on the hot cycle without soap. Do not use the lower rack, or the heat can melt the toothbrush.


4. Buy a UV toothbrush sanitizer. These nifty gadgets work by combining steam to dry heat to sanitize your own toothbrush. 


5.Nevertheless, if you do not want to shell out the money on a UV sanitizer, research shows that soaking your toothbrush in Listerine works well, also. It does not have to be the name brand mouthwash, either. Just look for one that has the same active ingredients.

Your mouth is home to a countless number of germs so cleaning your toothbrush makes sense if you wish to prevent illness. You should be cleaning your toothbrush every week.

Take special care to clean the toothbrushes throughout your family after someone in the family has an illness, especially if you share bathrooms. This helps prevent the spread of germs.  It’s also clever to keep a supply of new toothbrushes on hand so that you can easily replace the old one every 3 months.

HOW TO CLEAN A TOOTHBRUSH

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Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can sign up here.

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