Apr 15, 2008

Are Your Toilets and Tooth Brushes To Close Together?

I have been working on our our income taxes for days, complicated because I work at home and home businesses always affect taxes. They are done, and I'm ready to blog!

I was listening to a news report today about things that cause an unhealthy environment in the home. This one isn't new to me, but has a big "yuk" factor whenever I hear it, the fact that when you flush your toilet, in some cases it can cause a spray of several feet, getting bacteria on your toothbrush.

They gave a few obvious tips, clean your toothbrush well before using it, store them inside a cabinet, etc., but there was one "no brainer" that wasn't mentioned, closing the toilet before you flush.

Seriously, the toothbrush is really a breeding ground for bacteria, after all we clean our teeth with them, rinse then quickly, and hang them up. My solution is simply to put a drop of tea tree oil on my toothbrush, then add toothpaste, before brushing.

Updated 2/4/16

Tea Tree Essential Oil is a powerful anti-microbial, which is great not only for your toothbrush, but for your teeth and mouth, and doing this is a lot less expensive than buying toothpaste with tea tree oil in it.


  1. I have actually heard this before too, but don't want to believe it! Thanks for the Tea Tree oil tip, haven't heard that one.

  2. I have also heard that if you put your tooth brush in the microwave for 15 - 20 seconds it will kill the germs. but thats just hearsay!!!