Your toothbrush keeps your teeth (and mouth) clean. But how do you keep your toothbrush clean? Here are some ways to keep your toothbrush away from bacteria and other germs.
Wash your hands before touching your toothbrush
Make sure your hands are clean before handling your toothbrush, to minimise risk of spreading harmful bacteria and germs.
Store toothbrushes separately
Placing several toothbrushes in one container or cup is not advisable, as germs will spread quicker when the toothbrushes come in contact with one another.
Clean before and after use
Clean your toothbrush before and after using by holding it under running water, and vigorously rubbing your thumb over the bristles for a few seconds.
Rinse your toothbrush with hot water then soak for one minute in a mixture of equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide and water.
Shake the toothbrush to remove excess water after brushing your teeth. It is best to air dry in an area away from the toilet, where flushing can shower your toothbrush with germs and bacteria.
Change your toothbrush every three to four months to make sure that you are getting optimal cleaning action from it.