We all forget to clean our toothbrush at every time until cold and flu season; or, at least, I do. Cleaning your own and your kids toothbrushes saves money and prevents reinfection of cold and flu viruses. Plus, you can naturally clean your toothbrush and save money.
The American Dental Association Recommends:
that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3–4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use.
Yet, sometimes a cold or flu virus hits out home, and we need to stop the virus before we can run to the store. Or, we just flat out want to save money. And, well, I came up with this solution, because God gave me a child obsessed with his toothbrushes.
“Don’t throw out my toothbrush!”
So, even if your child is not obsessed, we should really wash them out at least every two weeks. Even more frequently when an illness strikes the house.
The ADA also recommends:
- That we don’t share toothbrushes.
- That we thoroughly rinse them out and then air dry them, bristles up.
- That we not cover the bristles up, or store them in closed containers.
- And, that we replace them every 3-4 months.
But, we can also take good care of them, to avoid unwanted bacteria.
How can we do that?
1) Soak them in a cup of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide overnight.
2) Soak them overnight in a solution of water with a few drops of anti-bacterial essential oils, like thieves, oregano, clove, or cinnamon oils.
One clean toothbrush, and one happy family!