I found this great article on how to keep your toothbrush clean on ehow.com.
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How to Keep a Toothbrush Clean
Keeping your toothbrush clean is an essential part of good oral hygiene. Follow these tips to use regular household items to ensure your toothbrush's proper sterilization. A clean toothbrush means bacteria-free bristles.
· Clean your hands with soap and water before and after touching your toothbrush.
· Wash your toothbrush after every use. Use your thumb to press against the bristles and allow the water to wash away food particles for at least 10 seconds.
· Disinfect your toothbrush. Allow the toothbrush to soak in some antibacterial mouthwash that contains alcohol for 10 minutes after you brush. Soak the toothbrush in some vinegar every 2 weeks to kill remaining germs.
· Store the toothbrush in a container that allows it to stand upright and exposes its bristles to air. Letting the toothbrush air dry keeps it mold-free. Consider buying two or three toothbrushes and rotating them so that each toothbrush will have at least 24 hours to dry out before you use it again.
· Invest in a UV toothbrush cleaner. The light from the cleaner kills germs so that you don't have to.
· Replace your toothbrush at the first signs of bent bristles. Buy new toothbrushes when you fall ill to avoid making yourself sick again. Otherwise, get a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
Tips & Warnings
• Replace children's toothbrushes every 2 to 3 months.
• Mix baking soda and water and soak the toothbrush in that solution if you don't have mouthwash.
• Soak your toothbrush in a bit of hydrogen peroxide daily if you don't have vinegar on hand.
• Don't share toothbrushes or allow someone else's toothbrush to touch yours.
• Avoid purchasing closed toothbrush protectors. These protectors keep the toothbrush bristles moist and create a breeding ground for microorganisms.
• Avoid placing your toothbrush in a dishwasher, as you may damage it.
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