. . . but something everyone should know about. Did you know that every time you . . . um . . . flush the toilet, your commode emits a minuscule spray of water? Can you possibly take a guess at what is IN that fine, yet mighty mist of water? You shouldn’t have to use your imagination to understand that anything near the toilet is fair game for the matter and bacteria flying about. This includes your toothbrush. Yep.
If that fact isn’t disgusting enough, even dropping your toothbrush on the floor or on your bathroom counter top allows it to come in contact with the same spray particles. An English study determined that flushing with no lid can send spray as far as 10 inches above the toilet.
So what can you do? Here are a few tips about keeping your toothbrush as clean as possible:
Step 1: Buy a new toothbrush. Let’s start fresh.
Step 2: Use the right toothpaste. There are some toothpastes out there that actually kill germs. Look for ones that contain triclosan/copolymer.
Step 3: Don’t share toothbrushes. This should be a no brainer but you should also designate a tube of toothpaste for each person in the house.
Step 4: Clean your bristles. Occasionally soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide or mouthwashes with antibacterial agents, especially if you’ve dropped it on the floor.
Step 5: Keep the Toilet lid closed! Always flush your toilet with the lid down!
Step 6: Don’t store your toothbrush in an airtight container. Expose it to some air . . . possibly in a medicine cabinet or drawer.
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(source: Huffington Post)