What's wet most of the time and something you put in your mouth twice a day...uh your toothbrush. Why what was on your mind? Many people don't think about cleaning the item that they use for cleaning. Our toothbrushes can be a feeding ground for bacteria, E.Coli and flu viruses. It's best to store that sucker in the medicine cabinet upright or loosely covered to protect it from germs. Possibly in some form of a safe toothbrush condom.
If you are putting your toothbrush in a holder, let me suggest cleaning the inside. It might just be the tip...but your toothbrush is resting in filth. All good health starts from the inside of everything.
Have you thought about how close your toothbrush lives to your toilet? Guaranteed that brush does not want to be neighbors. I'm sure what you're flushing down, you don't want spraying onto your brush and then going in your mouth. And you wonder why your spouse says your morning breath smells like shit! Close the lid or if you can relocate your toothbrush to a new covered home.
Ok so now that you're grossed out, here's how to keep your mouth free from bacteria and germs. Store your toothbrush upright so it can dry in between use. Sure it's fun to be drenched in water, covered in a jelly like substance and shoved in and out a bunch of times but everyone including your toothbrush needs some alone time to relax and dry off.
Try sanitizing your toothbrush. Let it spend the night with your mouthwash. They've been eyeing each other for a while now, so pour a small cup and finally let your brush penetrate that slutty Listerine. I also love squirting a few drops of high antioxidant disease fighting Grapefruit Seed Extract in water too. Hey your brush might wanna find a new sanitizer every now and again to dip his bristles in. Grapefruit seed extract has amazing anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-viral, anti-fungal...you name it and the anti is there! You could even dip part of you in there...seriously!
Also if you've been sick... aside from your friends not wanting to be around you, well guess who else is over you. Replace your toothbrush after your illness and in general every 3-4 months.
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