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Video:How to Sterilize a Toothbrush to Remove Germs

with Debbie Anderson

If your toothbrush lives in the bathroom -- and I bet it does -- it will attract germs and bacteria. See how to sterilize your toothbrush without using dangerous chemicals.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Sterilize a Toothbrush to Remove Germs

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com!

When your toothbrush is left out in the open, germs and bacteria from other events going on in the bathroom can consume the bristles on your toothbrush, so today I'm going to show you how to safely sterilize your toothbrush without having to use harsh chemicals to do so!

Toothbrush Sterilization Supplies

For this task, you will need a box of baking soda, a bottle of vinegar, measuring cups, rubber gloves, and a microwave.

Fill Up the Sink

After putting on your rubber gloves, pull the drain stopper in the bathroom sink drain and run hot water in the sink until there is about two to three inches of hot water in the bottom of the sink.

Add Baking Soda and Vinegar

Next, pour a half a cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar in the hot water in the sink.

Mix the baking soda and vinegar around in the water until it creates a milky looking solution in the base of the sink.

Dip and Clean the Toothbrush

Next, dip the toothbrush in the solution in the sink and run your fingers through the bristles to make sure that the cleaning solution gets into all of the little crevices in between the toothbrush bristles.

Allow the toothbrush to sit in the solution for approximately 30 minutes.

Rinse the Toothbrush

Next, drain the sink and rinse the toothbrush under hot running tap water until all of the baking soda and vinegar solution residue is rinsed out of the bristles on the toothbrush.

Microwave the Toothbrush

After double checking that there isn't any metal or steel on the toothbrush, place the toothbrush in the microwave.

Set the microwave timer to run for 10 seconds and press the start button on the microwave.

Once the timer goes off, allow the toothbrush to cool off in the microwave before removing it from the microwave.

Dry the Toothbrush

Finally, place the toothbrush in a ventilated and sanitary location where the bristles can fully dry.

Repeat this process about every two weeks to prevent germs and bacteria from growing on your toothbrush!

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