Your toothbrushes at home can get full of germs and very unsanitary if they are not cared for properly. It is really easy to keep them clean and free of bacteria, but you have to be conscious of how you are caring them. You can't just toss them down on a dirty bathroom counter and expect them to be fresh and clean the next time you want to use them. You also don't have to spend a lot of money on those expensive toothbrush sanitizers. You just have to have some mouth wash and some regular water or a couple other items you probably already have around your house, and you will be able to keep that toothbrush fresh longer so you don't have to buy a new on as often.
Things You Will Need:
*Antibacterial mouth wash like Listerine
What you will need to do:
Brush your teeth as you normally would, but instead of just tossing your toothbrush on the edge of the sink or the counter top, take a couple seconds to make sure it will be clean for your next brushing.
NEVER put a cap on your toothbrush! Even if you are travelling. This prevents your toothbrush from drying out and allows bacteria to grow on the brush head. It needs to get air and circulation to dry out and prevent bacteria.
Fill a cup with Listerine or another antibacterial mouth wash and put your toothbrush inside of it with the brush down. Let this sit for a couple minutes while you continue to get ready and then take it out and put your brush facing up in a toothbrush holder to air dry until the next use.
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan and place your toothbrush into the boiling water. Boil for about 20 minutes. This may make your toothbrush fade in color, but it definitely kills the germs.
You can also spray a little bit of hydrogen peroxide on the toothbrush after each use to keep the bacteria and germs at bay.