Ever since the hubby watched a segment of flushing the toilet bowl in the television programme Time Warp on Discovery Channel, we made it a point to put the lid of the toilet bowl down before flushing.
Tiny airborne particles travel all around the toilet as a result of flushing the toilet bowl. These unsanitary particles would land everywhere in the bathroom including your toothbrush, the very same object you put into your mouth!
Watch this Time Warp video to see the aerosol effect in action.
Some Nuggets of Information on the Aerosol Effect
The aerosol effect was first brought to light by Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist from the University of Arizona. In 1975, he published a scientific article describing the results of his tests on bacterial and viral aerosols due to toilet flushing.
These tests were conducted by placing pieces of gauze in different locations around the bathroom and measuring the bacterial and viral levels on them after a toilet flush. From the experiment, he discovered that bacteria and virus fell on the gauze pads.
He also found out that significant amount of microbes floated around the bathroom for at least two hours after each flush and that the aerosols travelled as far as six to eight feet away from the toilet.
To see this effect in your bathroom, you could pour dye into the toilet bowl, flush it and watch as you shrink back in horror. I wouldn't want to try it in my own toilet though, as I would most certainly shrink back in horror should I find myself not being able to scrub the dye off the walls and ceiling.
I'm not a science whizz but I read and heard that many experts do not consider fecal coliform bacteria (which is present in the aerosol) to be a health risk since they are found naturally in our lower digestive tract. However, that does not mean that it is a good idea to introduce these bacteria into our mouths.
Whenever things can't be seen with the naked eye, I would not really think much about them being there. Alas, sight is such a stimulating sense and I felt grossed out thinking about putting the toothbrush in my mouth after watching this video.
By some good fortune, I managed to get my hands on MyGermFighter Toothbrush Sanitiser. Utilising UV Clean technology, it is a device that kills up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria like E. Coli, Salmonella and other harmful microbes.
MyGermFighter Toothbrush Sanitizer doubles up as a sanitizer and a holder. It could hold a toothbrush and a travel-size tube of toothpaste. Making use of 2 AA batteries, this device provides innovative and effective sanitising simply by snapping the cover closed. It is so simple to sanitize the toothbrush that even lazy bums like me would not find it a hassle using it.
I've been watching videos on YouTube on the various brands and types of toothbrush sanitizer. Does any one of you know anything about toothbrush sanitizers or are currently using any? Do you have any reviews on them? I would love to hear more from people who have used such devices.
In the meantime, I'm going to sanitize my toothbrush now.