Toothbrushes are a Significant Source of Bathroom Germs in the Home

Many people focus on toilets but show little concern about work stations or other major gathering places for germs, such as their own toothbrushes. Among the most germ-infested items in the average bathroom, toothbrushes acquire germs from users’ mouths, neighbouring toothbrushes, and other nearby objects. To reduce toothbrush germs:

  • Choose a toothbrush with a light-coloured or translucent head (these harbour fewer germs than dark-coloured heads).
  • Store toothbrushes an inch or more apart.
  • Buy a new toothbrush every couple of months and after suffering a cold or flu.
  • Don’t share toothbrushes.
  • Put the lid down before flushing the toilet if the toothbrush is stored in the open (flushing toilets spray a fine mist that can reach up to 20 feet).

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