How to Kill Bacteria on Your Toothbrush

by Christine Wans

Bacteria grows almost everywhere, even on your toothbrush. This means it is very easy to transfer germs and bacteria just by using your toothbrush. An improperly stored toothbrush will breed bacteria. It should by regularly sterilized to get rid of germs that could cause illness. A fancy sterilizing machine is not needed to remove unwanted bacteria from toothbrushes. A few simple tips put into place will keep any toothbrush healthy and clean.

Step 1

Stand up toothbrush after done brushing. Use a clean cup to store a toothbrush while allowing it to dry. Storing the toothbrush with the bristles up will allow moisture to evaporate and keep it from touching any other surfaces. If there is more than one person in the home, use a specially made cup with holes in the top to keep toothbrushes from touching each other. These can be found wherever household goods are sold.

Step 2

Immerse toothbrush in boiling water to kill germs. Let the toothbrush sit in the water for a few minutes to ensure germs are killed. This process is very easy and effective, but will eventually cause the toothbrush to wear out and the bristles to weaken. Be careful when removing the toothbrush from the water, it will be hot and could cause a burns on the hand.

Step 3

Rinse your toothbrush well after brushing. Then rinse the toothbrush with a mouthwash. The stronger the mouthwash the better. Use one that treats gingivitis. These formulas are made to kills germs found in the mouth and this will be an useful step in fighting bacteria on your toothbrush.

Step 4

Cleanse your toothbrush using antibacterial soap. Just as this kind of soap kills bacteria on hands, it will do so on your toothbrush. Since soap contains other ingredients, thoroughly rinsing your toothbrush is very important. Residue can be left behind if the soap is not rinsed completely off.

Step 5

Pour vinegar into a bowl and soak the toothbrush. Vinegar is a natural remedy that is safe for everyone in the family. Let toothbrushes soak for a few minutes and then rinse with very hot water. This method is a good way to avoid having to replace toothbrushes so often after heat-induced damaged.

Tips

  • After using heat to kill bacteria, remember to look for damage and signs that you need to replace your toothbrush Do not store toothbrush in a enclosed place. The moistness and dark will cause bacteria to grow

Warnings

  • Rinse extremely well after using any soap or cleanser on your toothbrush

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Christine Wans is a freelance writer living in New Jersey. She has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and women’s studies and enjoys writing about health, beauty, parenting, gardening and entertainment. As a regular contributor to the Pampers Pregnancy community, Wans writes about pregnancy-related topics as well.