Did you know your toothbrush make you sick?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Gustavo Machado, May 3, 2010.

  1. Gustavo Machado macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2010
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
  3. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Heh, I always like how bloggers (mostly) write things like England University of Manchester, surely it should be "University, Country".

    I used to pour boiled water over my toothbrush if I ever brushed too hard to make my gums bleed. I'm sure that helps too.
  4. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    Anyone watches Mythbusters here?

    They've proven there were as much fecal coliforms anywhere in the house than in the bathroom.

    That is, unless you store your toothbrush not next to the sink but on the toilet reservoir.

    And as balamw said, we have an immune system.;)
  5. iOrlando macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    its funny. this topic makes it way on here once every 6 months or so. I did find this article more comical than the others though.

    1. Don’t store your toothbrush near your toilet.

    I wonder what they mean by "near".

    2. Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with clean tap water each time you finish using it.

    Who doesn't do this already?

    3. Always store your toothbrush dry as bacteria love moisture, make sure your toothbrush cover is dry as well.

    You mean I shouldnt place in a puddle of liquid?

    4. Store your toothbrush in an upright position instead of lying it down.

    5. Make sure nobody else uses your toothbrush.

    ok...who does that?

    with that said, i dont store my toothbrush in my bathroom.
  6. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    This reminds me of that stupid TV ad for kitchen cleaner where they tell us there's more germs on a chopping board than a toilet seat. Which immediately says to me that since we all use said chopping boards over and over again and haven't keeled over yet it's obvious we don't need to buy the kitchen cleaner. Nice of them to let us all know :)
  7. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    Or the new Lysol automatic soap dispenser.

    Because you know, the soap dispenser is full of germs. People who use it are going to wash their hands, which are not clean. They leave all their germs and viruses there.

    But you are going to clean them, after you have put soap in your hand...
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    The sponge that you use to clean up is the dirtiest thing in most houses.
  9. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    I leave mine in the shower, probably a bad thing but i replace mine frequently anyway.
  10. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    Not in your house.

    That would be your mind :p
  11. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    As are dishwasher cloths.

    I'm pretty relaxed about dirt, but I now replace my dishwasher cloth and sponge every week. And I now use separate cloths/sponges for washing up, and for cleaning up spills. Makes no sense to clean up a spill of clean water or milk with something that leaves the area even more dirty/bacteria infected than it was before.

    Anyways we got a mice infestation now, and they're running everywhere. Thank god we're moving out of here next week.
  12. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    I leave mine in the shower too. It's a sealed unit type thingy with an ozone generator to help keep it clean. Once the doors are shut the only openings are on the back (facing away from the toilet) and the extractor fan on the ceiling. I reckon its a pretty good place for it!
  13. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Toothbrush steam device/holder would be wicked. You could probably make good money if you marketed it with excerpts from that study to scare folk..
  14. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Yeah, that, or your mattress.
  15. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    They already have this (which is what is posted above) and other things like it that are cheaper.

    I change my toothbrush head regularly, it's an electric one. Also, if I have been sick I use that toothbrush until I start to feel better and then toss it even if it is brand new.

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