we are in the midst of cold and flu season, and anyone with more than one person (especially more than one CHILD) in their house will tell you that germ-preventative measures are priceless - no matter what they are. well, today's tip is one of the best when it comes to keeping the germs at bay, and it is practically cost-free and effortless (a great combination). this tip was given to me by our school nurse as well as our dental hygienist. both recommended we soak our toothbrushes in listerine (or any other such disinfecting mouth wash) after anyone has been sick. our hygienist told me that no matter those little gadgets out there say, you can NOT sterilize your toothbrush. you can, however, sanitize them. and that is exactly what i do.
i like this idea so much that i soak our toothbrushes once a week. i do it when i'm cleaning the bathroom (a good way to remember). it doesn't take much listerine - and i just leave them to soak until we're ready to use them that night. sometimes, if we're dealing with a lot of sickness in the house, i store the "infected" individual's toothbrush in the mouthwash until they are healthy.