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The Awful and Shocking Truth about This One Bathroom Item
Have you thought about your toothbrush lately? Probably not, and that’s normal, few people do. Most people never think about their toothbrush until the bristles are virtually falling out or they drop it in the toilet accidently.
Well, friends, it’s time to take a good hard look at the toothbrush because it’s probably a whole lot nastier than you ever imagined.
1. Literally a Germ Magnet
Researchers have recently found that an uncovered toothbrush is a like a closet for bacteria. It’s wet most of the time, and there are plenty of places to hide. Tested toothbrushes have as many as 100 million bacteria cells. What is really disgusting is that researchers from the Manchester University of England found that some of these bacteria are staphylococci (a nasty bug that gives terrible skin infections) and E. coli – yes that wonderful germ that comes from poop and gives you what most people label as “stomach flu.” Flu viruses also live on toothbrushes, along with yeast and strep, that lovely germ that gives you strep throat and even causes cavities! Find out home remedies for tooth decay and cavities.
2. The Toothbrush Holder
If you have a small bathroom, many people are forced to put the toothbrush holder pretty close to the toilet, sometimes directly on top of it. And when was the last time you cleaned your toothbrush holder? Most people don’t. We pick up and clean under it but don’t usually think about cleaning the holder itself. So while you are thinking about it, why not pop that little holder in the dishwasher right now?
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3. Your Toothbrush and Sickness
Although researchers at Manchester University didn’t think that brushing your teeth actually damages your health, even if it has some bacteria on it, they do recommend that people think more about where their toothbrush is stored. Toilets can spray about 5 to 20 feet and that makes it easy for those microscopic bits of bacteria to land on your toothbrush and that will make you sick. So always close the toilet lid before you flush, and if your bathroom is very small, store your toothbrush inside a medicine chest or a drawer so it’s safe from the spray. If you have several toothbrushes in a holder, be sure to position them so that the brushes don’t touch each other, as germs from one brush can easily travel to the other brush.
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