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How to Clean a Toothbrush

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author image Kimbry Parker
Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.
How to Clean a Toothbrush
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Brushing your teeth is essential in maintaining good oral health, but if you’re using a dirty toothbrush, you may be doing harm while you’re doing good. The American Dental Association says that bacteria from your mouth and the environment can lurk on your brush. While they also note that there’s no sufficient evidence to support the fact that these bacteria have any adverse health effects, it's still a wise move to clean your toothbrush to prevent germs and bacteria from getting into your mouth while brushing.

Step 1

How to Clean a Toothbrush
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Rinse your toothbrush with hot tap water after each use to get rid of toothpaste, food and other debris that might remain on the brush.

Step 2

How to Clean a Toothbrush
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Fill a clean glass with undiluted white vinegar. Stick your toothbrush in the vinegar so the bristles are completely covered.

Step 3

How to Clean a Toothbrush
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Let the toothbrush soak for a couple of hours. Vinegar kills most bacteria and germs on the toothbrush.

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Step 4

How to Clean a Toothbrush
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Remove the toothbrush from the vinegar, rinse it under tap water and sit it upright to air dry.

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