It has been proven that germs and bacteria can live and thrive on the head of a toothbrush, and when it is stored on a bathroom countertop, this presents another disgusting problem. It is said that microscopic droplets of fecal matter can end up on a toothbrush stored on a bathroom countertop. This makes sense since beads of water tend to spray when a toilet is flushed, and it is a good idea to sanitize it no matter where it is stored.
The thought of any type of bacteria on a toothbrush has prompted many people to purchase expensive UV sanitizers and specialty solutions, but it is possible to sanitize it using a cheap and easy method. Use the following cheap and simple way to sanitize your toothbrush regularly, and never again worry about bacteria and germs on a tool designed to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. It is very easy to clean and sanitize, and this can be accomplished in less than fifteen minutes.
Sanitize it After Cleaning
After each use, thoroughly rinse the brush under hot water until all signs of toothpaste and visible food particles are gone. This is an important step. Many people just rinse their toothbrush for a second or two with cold water, and they do not pay attention to the condition of the bristles before putting it away.
Sanitize it in Anti-Bacterial Mouthwash
When people think of killing germs and bacteria, many consider chlorine bleach, but this is not the appropriate cheap solution when striving to sanitize a toothbrush. Instead of using a cheap yet caustic chemical to kill germs and bacteria, and instead of boiling the toothbrush on the stove or running it through the dishwasher, soak it for about fifteen minutes in a small tray filled with anti-bacterial mouthwash. Since it is obviously safe to use in the mouth, this is a cheap and harmless way to sanitize an ordinary toothbrush. This is the easiest cheap method that really works, and it is a very important step after a cold or another infectious illness.
Air-Dry the Brush Away From Others
The way in which a toothbrush is stored is also very important, even after it has been sanitized. Since germs and bacteria thrive in moist locations, a cheap plastic toothbrush holder should not be used to store a wet toothbrush. Also, it should not be stored in an open holder where it can touch other toothbrushes. Sanitize it at least once a week using the aforementioned cheap and easy method, and allow it to dry naturally and completely, especially before transporting it in any closed container.
Sources: Mythbusters Experiment