You probably store your toothbrush with the head up and wonder why you would need to clean inside. The fact is your toothbrush holder is one of the most germ-ridden items in your home, according to the National Sanitation Foundation.
Surprised? Well, think about this: Your mouth is full of bacteria, and your hands are also covered with various germs, and you use those to grasp your toothbrush. When you stow your toothbrush after brushing, the head is usually still wet. That liquid drips down the handle — collecting germs as it goes — and slowly pools in the bottom of the cup.
Bathrooms are notoriously steamy- the perfect condition for microorganisms to grow. Over time, germs can build up and go for a ride every time you use your toothbrush. Do you usually wash your hands after brushing your teeth? We didn’t think so.
Still curious as to why that toothbrush holder needs to be cleaned?
How to Clean a Toothbrush Holder
Now that you know the “why,” it’s time to move on to the “how.” Fortunately, cleaning a toothbrush holder is pretty simple. In fact, if your holder is dishwasher safe you can pop it in and clean it. Keep in mind that you’ll still want to pre-soak the holder in hot water and scrub any gunk out of the bottom.
If you wash dishes by hand we’ve got another option for you.
Disassemble the holder if it has multiple parts and soak everything in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse. In the sink mix a few drops of dish detergent and more hot water, clean each piece thoroughly. Rinse well to remove any soap residue. Dry the holder completely before returning the toothbrushes.
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