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How To Kill Bacteria On Your Toothbrush

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Recommended way to clean your toothbrush. Pic: Kitt Walker
Recommended way to clean your toothbrush. Pic: Kitt Walker

Your toothbrush can be a breeding ground for bacteria.  If you have one of those family size holders that everybody parks their toothbrushes on top of each other.  You can be spreading colds much easier then you might like.  Follow these easy steps to keep your toothbrush clean and bacteria free.

Step one:  A new solution, fill the bottom of a cup with some hydrogen peroxide and some water.  Put your bristles into the solution and shake it around. The hydrogen solution is a natural disinfectant and will kill bacteria on your bristles.

Step two: a clean rinse.  Before applying your favorite toothpaste rinse your toothbrush with water.  If you want a natural whitening effect, you can apply your toothbrush without rinsing your brush.  The hydrogen peroxide will naturally help to whiten your teeth.  

Done.

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I agree.. I have done this

I agree.. I have done this and it really works

I'll be trying it soon.

I'll be trying it soon. Thank you.

Best just to purchase a new

Best just to purchase a new one...

Great article and

Great article and interesting website.

maybe it should be cleaned

maybe it should be cleaned after every use?

maybe it should be cleaned

maybe it should be cleaned after every use?

my ex husband had lovely

my ex husband had lovely white teeth must have been the residue jif on his toothbrush from me cleaning the taps with it:) oh the memories lol

Your tooth brush needs

Your tooth brush needs cleaning everyday before you use it. The hydrogen peroxide method is cheap and effective. Rinsing your tooth brush with plain cold water does nothing to remove bacteria. You wouldn't just rinse a kitchen sponge with cold water and then use it to wipe your table and benches now would you? They have found coliform bacteria on toothbrushes as well. And who knows whats been on your tooth brush(i.e a fly comes in the bathroom window and decides to land on your brush)or what your kids have done to your tooth brush before you use it next time!

Good tip, thanks.

Good tip, thanks.

I've done this. Works

I've done this. Works great.

I agree - if it needs

I agree - if it needs cleaning chuck it and get a new one.

Nice article...but to people

Nice article...but to people actually bother to clean their toothbrushes? (wouldn't you just buy a new one?)