Today, let’s look at one important way to keeping your electric toothbrush nice and clean.
The Importance of a Clean Brush
Electric toothbrushes that aren’t kept clean will work less effectively and only end up spreading disease. Plus, it could be the reason your brush stops working altogether.
Cleaning the Brush Head
So let’s begin at the top. As you can imagine, your toothbrush’s head, the part that makes contact with your teeth—often needs to be cleaned the most. That’s because it does all the heavy lifting.
Start by turning the toothbrush off while the head is still in your mouth. Otherwise, you stand to make a bigger mess in your bathroom.
Then, run some water and place the head under it to get the majority of the debris out. When that’s happened, turn the brush back on. This way the water gets to hit every angle of the brushes.
That’s good enough for a daily regimen. However, once a month, make a solution of 1 part bleach and 10 parts water. Then soak the head of your brush in this solution for about an hour or so. When the time is up, rinse it thoroughly. Wipe down the base of the toothbrush head in the solution as well with a clean white cloth.
Also, about once a week, place the head of the toothbrush in the microwave for about 30 seconds. This will also help to kill off bacteria. When you notice the bristles beginning to splay, it’s time to replace the head altogether.
Cleaning the Handle
You also want to clean the handle of your brush too. This way, it will always look like the best electric toothbrush you paid good money for. However, a clean handle will also keep bacteria from spreading.
As it’s an electric appliance, never dip the handle in water. Instead, use that bleach solution, a nice white cloth and get to spreading it over the handle. Use a cotton swab or cue tip to get the solution into the smaller parts, like where the head and base connect.
Remember these simple tips and your toothbrush will always function like the day you bought it and continue to keep your mouth clean.