Your toothbrush is probably covered in poo – unless you're among the rare breed of bathroom guests who put down the toilet seat before flushing, that is. The reason? The sudden rush of swirling toilet water creates a high-growth swirl of microscopic poo-particle-infused steam that diffuses throughout your bathroom and eventually settles on every surface, including the brush in your discovered toothbrush.
The phenomenon, known as "toilet plume", was first described in a 1975 landmark study in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. Further research has confirmed that toilet plum spreads infectious aerosols throughout your bathroom, including the potentially deadly bacterium Clostridium difficile, or C. diff.
This practically raises the question: How do you poo your toothbrush? Thankfully it is fairly easy to remove poo.
3 ways to remove poo
Although the American Dental Association admits that there is little evidence to suggest that bacteria on toothbrushes are likely to make you sick, the ADA Recommendations recognize the non-factor and offer several ways to remediate Your Toothbrush:
- Ultraviolet Sanitizer Devices : If you are comfortable using light to drop bacteria on your toothbrush, UV remedies available on Amazon cost anywhere from $ 11 for a portable device to $ 47 for a wall mounted multi brush wash.
- Soak it in hydrogen peroxide : For a cheaper solution, ADA says that a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide has been found to reduce toothbrush bacteria by up to 85%.
- Soak it in Listerine : According to ADA, mouthwash by the Listerine brand will also kill up to 85% of the bacteria on your toothbrush, which may be the most convenient solution if you are already using Listerine.
- Don't do it completely : Whatever you do, don't put your toothbrush in the microwave or dishwasher, because high heat can melt or otherwise damage the brush.
How to put poo in its place
Although the thought of a subsequent poo tornado that rains bacteria all over your bathroom may make you want to fill your toothbrush in the nearest bathroom box, that's not really what ADA recommends. The best way to store your toothbrush, according to another meta-analysis, is upright, in a toothbrush holder, covered so that it can air dry.
This ultimately means that the best way to keep poo off your toothbrush and where it belongs is to close the lid of your toilet every time you flush.
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