Saturday, October 25, 2008

Microwave your toothbrush

Status: Excited for a halloween party tonight. Now if I could just figure out a costume.
Song: "Ready or Not" by Lou Gramm

Yep. It isn't just a catchy title. I thought this might be a nice little tip to pass on, with cold and flu season at the door.

You can find the original article at Fitsugar.com. (But I've cut and pasted the whole thing for you.)

If you're like most people, you get a new toothbrush every six months, but you really should be changing your toothbrush more often, like every three to four months. When the bristles get worn and lose their rigidity, they don't remove plaque as well. But you should also do some maintenance within that three months, when your toothbrush is just sitting out in the open. After all, think about all the germs and bacteria floating around that would love to attach themselves to your moist toothbrush.

So to prevent colds, flu, and other sicknesses, once or twice a week run your toothbrush through the microwave on high for 10 seconds immediately before brushing your teeth. If someone in your home is sick, you may want to sterilize it in the microwave each time you brush. If you're the one who's sick, after the illness passes, ditch your old toothbrush and replace it with a new one.

2 comments:

Tavia said...

Interesting...I'll try it!

Lori-ann said...

Okay... weird. I wonder if it really works?