A lot of folks ascribe to the “five second” rule. If you drop something on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, then it is still good to eat. Technically, that’s not true. Germs can instantly adhere to any surface. That includes your toothbrush. Yes, the toothbrush you use to brush away germs can actually be picking up germs and not just by dropping it on the floor. Are you storing your toothbrush the right way? What mistakes are you making? Let’s break it down:

Do’s:

Your tooth brush should be stored in a cup or holder that isn’t touching other toothbrushes. It is best when it is out in the open air and sunlight where it can dry naturally.

You should also be replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. That includes the toothbrush heads on an electric toothbrush. Buying in bulk can save you money and can mean you’ll always have a backup ready.

After brushing, wash the toothbrush with hot water and give it a good shake. Then get it upright.

Don’ts

Don’t put your toothbrush flat on your sink counter. Even with the bristles facing up, you could still create a small pool of water where bacteria grows. You won’t see it but it is there.

Don’t keep your toothbrush too close to the toilet. This might be a tough one in a small bathroom but most experts agree that anywhere between 3 and 6 feet from the toilet would be a good distance. A wall mounted holder is even better.

Don’t put the toothbrush in the medicine cabinet. This will prevent it from thoroughly drying and is another perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow. Don’t believe us? Just ask a mushroom: Dark and dank = fungus.

Do you need to change things up in the bathroom?