Sanitizing Toothbrushes: 5 Thrifty Ways

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Last night my 20 year old daughter was suddenly attacked by a horrible stomach virus. After sterilizing my bathroom several times, I remembered we'd need to replace her toothbrush after she's better. I've always been good about replacing them when we've been sick, and when the dentist gives us a new one at every cleaning, but I began to wonder if I should have been more vigilant about sterilizing them regularly, especially with flu and cold season upon us.

I began to do some research.  Those fancy UV light toothbrush sanitizers are costly and truthfully not always effective at penetrating down through the whole bristle to get the germs that are at the bottom of the bristle.  There is no need to spend alot of money. Follow these tips from:Livestrong.com

  • Soak your toothbrushes  daily bristle side down in a cup of antibacterial mouthwash for 15 minutes, then rinse and air dry, bristles up.
  • 2 tsp. of baking soda desolved in a glass of cool water can be used in place of the mouthwash., or you can pour 1 tsp. hydrogen peroxide in a cup of water in place of the mouthwash also.
  • Once a week soak your toothbrushes bristles submerged  in a cup of white vinegar overnight. rinse in the morning. Be sure to use white vinegar so you don't discolor your bristles.
  • Once a month run the toothbrushes in the top rack of the dishwasher.
  • Microwaving your toothbrush has been controversial in some ways. Some experts say it will only work if the toothbrush is wet. The microwaves heat the water and the water kills the germs. (Like the dishwasher).

9 comments:

  1. I boil water then remove from heat, throw my toothbrushes into the hot water, and let them sit for a few minutes. I wonder now if this is really killing the bacteria?

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    1. I would think it's doing a pretty good job. Today's "Super bugs' however do any of us really know if we are killing them all? I say keep it up.
      Hugs,
      Jan

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  2. Most excellent tips, thank you for sharing them!

    I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!
      Love Thursday's Favorite Things!
      Have a great week!
      Jan

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  3. Hey! I never thought about doing this. I'm like you. I just simply replace them every couple of months and definitely after we've been sick. I use hydrogen peroxide as mouth wash and I use baking soda to wash my hair. It's another way to use these two things so that excites me! Thanks for sharing! :)

    XoXo,
    Brittnei
    http://homemakingwithstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. I am popping over to your blog for a visit! Thanks for stopping by mine too! It's nice to have cleaning options, especially when someone gets sick at an inopportune time.
      Have a great weekend!
      Jan

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing to Dude, Sustainable! I had never thought of the vinegar approach, but it works for so many things like the Coffee-Maker and the Humidifier. I'll give it a try!

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  5. I enjoyed these frugal tips for sanitizing toothbrushes. That is one of my concerns at home so I am definitely going to try your suggestions. Glad I found your post on Green Living Thursdays!

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  6. LOVE these tips! I am lucky to have pretty healthy kids BUT my sisters kids are ALWAYs fighting off a bug! I am going to recommend this for sure!!!

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