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Feb 13, 2007 @ 1:15 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
stormy73


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I just poured rubbing alcohol over my toothbrush and let it sit for about a minute. Will that kill the germs on a toothbrush?
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 1:21 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
mysticdreams


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I believe it will. I pour listerine which has alcohol on mine each time. Even pour a little peroxide on it and then rinse it. They put peroxide in some toothpaste for whitening, but it also kills germs. After several uses, I get out a new brush and ditch the old one, they say it's a good idea.
Hope this helps.
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 1:25 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
ToucherinSparks


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No, just pouring over it won't work. There will be air pockets that don't get disinfected. Pour some alcohol in a small bowl, put the brush in it, and use your fingers to scrub it, and be sure you get all the air that's trapped between the bristles out.
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 1:26 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
stormy73


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I used the same toothbrush for about 12 years, and I never had a single cavity. I just sterilized it occasionally. In my opinion, it's a waste to throw away a toothbrush after only a few months. If it hasn't worn out, it's still good!
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 1:34 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
T_i_m


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Dip and stir the toothbrush head in a cup of water that was heated to a boil (as in a microwave oven). About 15 seconds. Not too long or you can warp the plastic. I dip it a few times, rinsing with cold water between exposures to the hot water.

I decided to do this after seeing some infomercial about a device that steamed toothbrushes to make them sanitary.


[Edited on 2/13/2007 1:41 AM]
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 2:30 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
Always_Striving


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Cut it's nuts off
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 2:32 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
mysticdreams


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Just wanted to say that Dental professionals recommend that a person change to a new brush after a long period of use, that is all. They are relatively inexpensive.
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 9:57 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
daisy315


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my dentist told me to get a new toothbrush every three months.. and get a new one if you have had the flu or some other bug.. they're cheap..
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 9:59 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
Loreli


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I also heard you should keep your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet because of all the germs in a bathroom...
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 10:03 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
BandTMom


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Gee Stormy, does your toothbrush have any bristles left???

I rarely pay for a toothbrush. My dentist gives me one for free at each checkup!
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 11:24 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
tatiana329


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I've done that before using the alcohol. I would do it after I had a cold if I didnt have a fresh new toothbrush on hand. Sometimes I do it just to clean the brush. I think alcohol would kill most germs and it's a good idea.
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 3:50 PM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
grumblebear


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"Mythbusters" did an experiment on the myth that fecal matter floats in the air in your bathroom, launched by the spin of the toilet... they found that no matter where in the bathroom the brush was kept it became contaminated...

on a really gross note, the test also showed fecal contamination on brand new out of the package brushes....
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 3:59 PM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
wiccked


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what did Always Striving say?? i dont think i have any toothbrushes like THAT !!!
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 11:26 PM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
Always_Striving


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That's right wiccked, quoting Bob Barker from the Price is Right
"Don't forget to spay or neuter your tooth brush".
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 11:28 PM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
jld3377


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try tossing it in the dishwasher
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 11:29 PM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
wiccked


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i dont think i EVER heard Bob say"Cut their nuts off"!!!!!
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Feb 21, 2007 @ 11:57 PM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
emptypages


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I switch every month.
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Feb 22, 2007 @ 12:08 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
JesterDrawers


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emptypages - uh, er....we're talking about toothbrushes here!!!
Please try to stay ON topic!!!!


Stormy - tell me the truth. Did you ACTUALLY have a toothbrush last for 12 YEARS????? After about 3 months on mine, the bristles are so worn that they start pulling themselves out of the handle while I'm in the middle of brushing. Hmmm...maybe I shouldn't brush so hard?????
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Feb 22, 2007 @ 12:30 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
stormy73


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Jessie...
Your last sentence hit the proverbial nail on the head!
Most people brush their teeth ENTIRELY TOO HARD, resulting in(eventually) brushing the enamel right off their teeth, and causing major tooth problems down the road!
I've always brushed my teeth firmly, but not so hard as to ruin a toothbrush in a few months time!
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Feb 22, 2007 @ 12:36 AM Sterilizing a toothbrush    
JesterDrawers


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Perhaps I'll have to give it a try....brush my teeth firmly, but not TOO hard, right?

Uh....should I brush BOTH of them that way????? *j/k*


(Say...how've you been, anyway?!?!?!?!?!?)
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