We clean our entire home, we focus on the supposedly dirty places, such as the toilet, sink, bathroom, trash cans, but we forget something very important - our toothbrush. It should be changed approximately every 2-3 months to avoid various infections in the oral cavity, but it should also be regularly disinfected during this time.
How to properly store the toothbrush?
Anything in the bathroom that is placed unprotected and near the hot running water is at risk of becoming infected with bacteria. This also applies to the toothbrush. If it is placed in a place where you easily splash it when you use the water, it certainly creates conditions for the reproduction of microorganisms on it, which you then transfer to your mouth.
To protect the brush from this, always place it in a dry and ventilated place away from the bath water. Best stored in a bathroom cabinet to dry completely before next use.
How to disinfect the toothbrush?
In a glass of water, pour some antibacterial mouthwash. Dip the brush in it with the bristles down. Leave it in for at least 15 minutes for the antibacterial components of the water to work. Do not extend the time too much, as this will damage the bristles of the brush. 15 minutes is enough.
What not to do?
Do not boil the brush in boiling water. This causes the plastic on its handle to release toxic substances. Do not wash the brush in the dishwasher, do not wash it with a dish sponge, and definitely do not wash it with liquid soap and your fingers. It's also important not to share your brush with another person, no matter how close they are to you.