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Every time you flush your toilet, a cloud of water vapor deposits microscopic droppings on everything in your bathroom – including your toothbrush.

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Your toothbrush is more than likely covered with feces – unless you are one of the few civilized people to turn the toilet seat off before flushing. The reason? This sudden rush of swirling toilet bowl water stirs up a tremendous swirl of microscopic vapors infused with fecal particles that will spread throughout your bathroom and eventually settle on every surface, including the bristles of your uncovered toothbrush.

This phenomenon, known as the "toilet flag", was first described in a pioneering study from 1975 in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. Further research has confirmed that the toilet plume spreads infectious aerosols in your bathroom, including the potentially deadly bacterium Clostridium difficile or C. diff.

Of course, this raises the question: How do you undress your toothbrush? Fortunately, getting rid of the feces is pretty easy.

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When it comes to letting the seat go up or down, there's no debate – if you rinse with the seat up, you're spreading germs.

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3 ways to get rid of the feces

Although the American Dental Association admits that there is little evidence that bacteria on toothbrushes are likely to make you sick, the ADA recommendations recognize the Ick factor and offer several ways to disinfect your toothbrush:

  • UV disinfection equipment: If you like to use light to zap bacteria on your toothbrush, Amazon's UV disinfectants range from $ 11 for a portable device to $ 47 for a wall-mounted multi-brush cleaner.
  • Soak it in hydrogen peroxide: For a more cost-effective solution, the ADA says that a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution reduces toothbrush bacteria by up to 85%.
  • Soak it in Listerine: According to ADA, the Listerine brand mouthwash also kills up to 85% of the bacteria on your toothbrush. This may be the most convenient option if you are already using Listerine.
  • Don't do that under any circumstances: Whatever you do, do it Not Place your toothbrush in the microwave or dishwasher, as high heat can melt or otherwise damage the brush.

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According to the American Dental Association, toothbrushes should be kept upright and uncovered so that they can dry out quickly.

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How to put poo in its place

Even if the thought of a poo tornado after rinsing that rains bacteria in your bathroom could cause you to stuff your toothbrush into the next bathroom drawer, the ADA doesn't recommend it at all. According to another meta-analysis, it is best to keep your toothbrush upright in a toothbrush holder that is not covered so that it can air dry.

Ultimately, this means that the best way to keep the feces away from your toothbrush and where it belongs is to close the lid of your toilet every time you rinse.

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