Your Toothbrush is a Swamp of Bacteria

Your toilet and toothbrush have a disturbing amount in common

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The Swampy Brush

According to the University of Manchester, there are over 10 million bacteria living on our toothbrushes at any given moment, including E. coli and staph.

“Your toothbrush is a bacteria magnet, attracting the little buggers from several sources. If you store your toothbrush on or next to the bathroom sink, it gets contaminated from splashing from washing hands.”

Our toothbrushes aren’t designed to be disgusting; they just become this way because of how we use and store them.
Like everything else, they become germ magnets when they’re left wet and are stored in closed dark spaces.

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Combatting the Filth

My original plan for protecting my toothbrush was buying those little plastic covers that snap over the bristles.

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Microbial Health

It’s during moments like these that we all need to stop and take a minute to figure out the practices in our lives that are too gross to continue.

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