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August 11, 2008

How to Clean Your Toothbrush

I have an odd way of cleaning my toothbrush. I do it two or even three times per day. First I run a little water on the bristles and then I add a little dab of toothpaste. Now, here is where it gets a little weird, so try to stay with me.

Next, I actually rub the bristles of the toothbrush against my teeth. I know it sounds odd to use my teeth to clean something, but I find that it actually works really well for toothbrushes. Because teeth are arranged in nice little semi-circles on both the top and bottom of the mouth, I can easily clean my toothbrush from just about every possible angle. It's important to rub the toothbrush against each and every one of my teeth, because this keeps the bristles from wearing down in any one particular direction.

Also (and I kind of discovered this accidentally) toothpaste actually has kind of a nice, minty taste! I've hardly ever come across cleansing agents that don't taste like soap. Do not try this with Comet! Most brands of toothpaste are pretty good for this method of cleaning.

Next, I run the toothbrush under water to get the excess toothpaste off of it. This usually involves rubbing the bristles a little with my thumb, too, because sometimes there may be some food particles from my teeth that accidentally make their way onto the brush. I should probably clean my teeth before cleaning my toothbrush, but I rarely have time for that.

Lastly, I make sure that I rinse the toothpaste out of my mouth. It tastes okay, but I'm not exactly sure it's edible. It is technically a cleanser, after all.

Next week: How to clean dental floss. Also with your teeth!

Posted at August 11, 2008 04:12 PM


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