Personal grooming tools left out on countertops or other areas in the bathroom are subject to germs, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. they should be kept as far away as possible from the toilet. The American Dental Association recommends the following steps to keep your toothbrush clean and free of bacteria:
* Never share toothbrushes.
* Rinse the toothbrush after each use: be sure to remove any remaining debris left after brushing. Soaking the toothbrush briefly in mouthwash may decrease germs, but do not let it sit there over time. Bacteria can grow in a cup.
* Leave them out to air dry, but keep them from touching other toothbrushes, to prevent the spreading of germs.
* Routinely replace them every three months, if not sooner. Replace them sooner if bristles become worn or frayed. Additionally, toothbrushes should be replaced immediately after you recover from being sick.
* Using the microwave or dishwasher to clean your toothbrushes may get rid of some germs, but it may also damage the brush.
If you keep toothbrushes in a cup or other toothbrush holder, clean these frequently as well, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. Since toothbrushes are frequently wet when they are put away, this area is a prime area for potential bacteria and mildew growth. Weekly, rinse these areas with hot water and wipe down with vinegar-water cleaning solution. For stubborn staining in a cup, sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. of baking soda and following with 2 Tbsp. of vinegar. Let it sit for one hour, then place cup in the dishwasher to complete the cleaning and disinfection process.