Have you ever given any thought as to how you store your toothbrush? Because they’re so frequently wet, improper storage can result in the growth of mold and bacteria — gross! Plus, there are all sorts of soaps and sprays we use in the bathroom that can also settle on our toothbrushes, and we certainly don’t want any of that in our mouths! So, how should you properly store your toothbrush? We’ve got all the answers you need!
Ventilation is key for toothbrush storage. You should rinse your toothbrush before and after use, and if you store it in a drawer or cabinet, it won’t have the chance to dry properly. This can cause bacteria to develop, and it can also pick up any dust and debris in the drawer as well.
So, keeping your toothbrush out in the open air is the best idea. However, even that is a bit tricky! If you keep your toothbrush too close to the sink, it can get splashed by soapy water or catch aerosol perfume or cleaner residue. If you keep your toothbrush too close to the toilet, well…let’s just say each toilet flush causes an aerosol effect as well!
You should ideally keep your toothbrush 2-3 feet away from the toilet and a 1-2 feet or so away from the sink. It should be stored in an upright position without a cover over the bristles so it can properly air dry. If you have at a tiny bathroom, it may be better to keep you toothbrush on a bedroom dresser or bureau so it’s away from any airborne bathroom germs.
Who knew keeping a toothbrush clean could be so complicated? However, it’s incredibly important to keep your toothbrush clean so you don’t bring any harmful bacteria into your mouth, as this could certainly make you sick. Also, remember to change your manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush heads every 3-4 months, as the bristles wear out and you can give yourself a truly clean start.