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|Toothbrushes stored on bathroom counters
or sink tops can easily collect any of the
germs lurking in the bathroom. Harmful microorganisms
such as Salmonella choleraesuls and Listeria
monocytogenes can collect on the bristles.
E coli flies several feet from the toilet
every time it is flushed. When several members
of the household store their toothbrushes
together, illness can spread from brush to
Toothbrush sanitizers can get
rid of these
dangerous germs by cleaning with
light. You should look for the
if you want to buy a sanitizer:
Remember to replace your toothbrush
every six months for the most
- Look for a model that is about the size of
a cup so that it stores easily on your bathroom
counter or sink top. A bulky, inconvenient
unit is less likely to be used regularly.
- The sanitizer should have a cap that covers
the unit when the ultraviolet bulb is activated.
The unit should not run unless the cap is
in place, as looking directly at the bulb
can damage your eyes.
- The sanitizers should run on an electric
charger. Battery run models need replacement
batteries too frequently, which is both costly
and another reason for them not being used.
- The sanitizer should clean your toothbrush
in about 10 minutes. Look for
do up to 4 toothbrushes at
the same time.