When was the last time you cleaned your toothbrush?
Cleaning your toothbrush might not be something you have thought of doing before, and to be honest, I hadn’t either, so you aren’t alone. But we clean the rest of the things in our bathroom, right? So, why not our toothbrushes?
We brush our teeth twice a day like our dentist tells us. What they don’t tell us though, is what lurks on that toothbrush after we have used it and put it back in the cup in the bathroom.
Well, you have just used it to brush away the bacteria, food bits and other stuff that has built up on our teeth. If you have been ill, it might harbour other viruses and bacteria. And apparently, if you cover your toothbrush with one of those clip on cover thingies, that creates a breeding ground for bacteria and yucky things that you definitely do not want to be putting in your mouth the next time you brush! Electric toothbrushes can store germs and mould in every place there is a crack or gap too.
After using your toothbrush, rinsing it with warm water and letting it air dry away from other toothbrushes is a good start. Make sure there are no visible food bits or toothpaste on the brush too, because they can turn nasty over a few hours between brushing.
But is there more we can be doing?
Well, yes there is.
Firstly, you can soak your toothbrush in white vinegar overnight once a week, although this can leave the toothbrush tasting vinegary the next time you use it. You can also swirl or soak it in a mouthwash for up to 3-4 minutes (don’t leave it much longer otherwise the mouthwash can start to damage the toothbrush).
What I also like to do is every time I have brushed my teeth, I put a drop of my protective blend of essential oils on the brush to help keep it fresh until the next time that I use it.