Are You Disinfecting Your Toothbrush? You Need To, so Here's How

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The human mouth harbors millions of bacteria, which is why oral care is so important. Ideally, it should be disinfected at least once per week, and always after any illnesses. Dentists also recommend you also replace your toothbrush every three months. These easy tricks will show you how to disinfect a toothbrush with a few simple ingredients.

How to Disinfect a Toothbrush with Peroxide

After using your toothbrush, soak the head of your brush in hydrogen peroxide for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse with warm water and store upright to dry. You can actually soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide in between uses if your prefer.

How to Disinfect a Toothbrush with Mouthwash

Disinfect your toothbrush by placing your toothbrush bristles in antibacterial mouthwash that contains alcohol for up to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and store upright to dry.

How to Disinfect a Toothbrush with Baking Soda

Disinfect your toothbrush by placing it in mixture of 1 cup of warm water and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Stir the mixture with the head of the toothbrush, allowing it to work its way into the bristles. Soak for up to 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Store upright to dry.

How to Disinfect a Toothbrush in the Dishwasher

You can easily disinfect your toothbrush by running it in the dishwasher with your dishes. (Not an electric toothbrush.) Simply place your toothbrush upright in the utensil holder of your dishwasher and run a regular cycle with your dishes.

Tip

Store your toothbrushes as far away from your toilet as possible to protect it from airborne bacteria that is dispersed during flushing. To keep toilet bacteria from becoming airborne, always flush the toilet with the lid closed.


Jessica owns two blogs, Mom 4 Real and Pour Me a Cocktail. She has been sharing easy cleaning tips, recipes and ideas with her readers for over 7 years. She has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, TODAY Parenting, MSN, Country Woman Magazine and more.

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