Most of us store our toothbrush in a toothbrush holder or fancy cup in the bathroom either next to the sink or on the water closet cover right? But what we fail to realize is that your toothbrush can easily pick up bacteria that spread whenever you flush. This may sound disgusting but it’s the reality.
Since toothbrush is used specifically in the mouth, you should bear in mind that where and how you store it is important so that you don’t expose your body to germs.
Here are important ugly truths to know about your toothbrush.
Keep toothbrush far from toilet
You will agree that in most bathrooms, the toilet is very close to the wash hand basin sink and that is where most people keep their toothbrushes. However, what you don’t know is that every time you flush, bacteria are released into the air and you don’t want that bacteria to get on your toothbrush. So, it is advisable to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. At least keep your toothbrush three feet away from the toilet. Better still, keep the lid of the toilet closed before flushing is key to minimizing the spread of germs.
Toothbrush and medicine cabinet
Well, the medicine cabinet appears like a clean and safe place to store your toothbrush, however, darkness and lack of air are what bacteria love. So, store it out in the open where it has the chance to dry out. You can store in the medicine cabinet when it is properly tried and leave the cabinet door ajar to allow air in.
Toothbrush and bacteria
Most people store their toothbrush in the bathroom. Nevertheless, it can easily pick up bacteria that lands on your toothbrush brittles whenever you flush. Don’t just store your toothbrush in a holder, also clean it regularly to remove germs. You should know that toothbrush holders are the third most germ carrying household items after dish sponges and kitchen sinks. Or, better yet, just keep the toilet lid closed.
When to replace toothbrush
You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or even more often if bristles become frayed.
Here are some tips to keep your toothbrush as germ-free as possible:
- Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after every use.
- Store toothbrush to air dry thoroughly in an upright position in a stylish holder to allow water to drain easily from the bristles. Never lay it flat.
- If a family uses one toothbrush holder or store in same medicine cabinet, then, ensure to keep toothbrushes separate because if toothbrushes touch they can swap germs.
- Avoid storing toothbrush with covers, as this actually creates an environment where bacteria are better suited to grow by keeping the bristles moist and not allowing the head of the toothbrush to dry out between uses.