Works For Me Wednesday ~ toilets & toothbrushes

Do you clean your family's toothbrushes? If so, how? How often?
I received the following book from a good, life-long friend Jamie from Encouragment for Today blog... she sent this book to me for a birthday of mine nearly a decade ago. I read this book and wanted to share one of the many great practical tips in this book that I've implemented into my life...
First of all, here is the book:
and the tip I want to share from it is this... cleaning your toothbrushes weekly by throwing them in the dishwasher or by soaking them in hydrogen peroxide - I've chosen to do the dishwasher method but I did not remember that it should be a weekly thing, which now I will try to do!
(yes, I'd think you throw them in the dishwasher with the detergent... just add them to your utensil holder with a full load of dishes and voila, clean brushes!)Here is her blurb on it from the book:

Which now brings me to another part of the bathroom - the toilet! My Husband read one time that a flushing toilet "spills/sprays" it's contents a certain radius (that I can't remember) in the bathroom; hence onto your toothbrushes, handtowel...etc. I can't find the article and haven't found key words to search on google in order to get me to this information for you... but trust me and if you think about it, you'll quickly see it's true.
So our solution (my husband must've read this in the same article) was to keep the lid closed all the time and especially before flushing the toilet! You might like to implement this in your home too!Works for me! (continue below for more info)

Added in after publishing: A friend of mine, Korinne, let me know that a toilet's radius of "spray" is 10 feet! YUCK!
And I thought I would add in a Homemade Dishwashing Soap in which I learnt about on a WFMW post from last week on Abigail's Mommy blog...

Mix equal parts Borax and Baking Soda, and add 2 Tablespoons per load. Increase proportion of soda for hard water. Use vinegar in the rinse cycle or free rinse aid.

Borax .32 a cup
Baking soda .01 a cup

.33 a cup or .04 a load

I mixed up a cup of each and stored them in a container with a tablespoon under the sink.

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ilovemy5kids said...

Wow! I don't know whether to run and close the lid or leave a comment. Thanks for the reminders!

Blessings to you!

Amanda said...

I've always known the whole toilet splashing thing. So gross. I actually keep my tooth brush heads in the plastic compartment of our electric toothbrush thingy... but I don't clean them weekly. I think I just might start doing this. So, do we put dishwasher detergent in?

Amanda said...

By the way :) Thanks for the comment over at me blog.

Jen said...

Amanda -
I added this into my post now... here's what I wrote:
(yes, I'd think you throw them in the dishwasher with the detergent... just add them to your utensil holder with a full load of dishes and voila, clean brushes!)

Sarah said...

Great idea, Jen! I never thought of putting our toothbrushes in the dishwasher... I am totally going to do this. I have often washed the brushes just with soap and water (learned this after too many cases of strep throat!) but I like the dishwasher idea better!

And the toilet... yes, we do that, but what a gross thought - just trying to train the kids to do the same... unfortunately, Elise is at the age where she likes to wave bye-bye, and watch it all go down!!!!

Courtney said...

wow didnt know that about flushing the toilet, will make sure to do that.

i will totally do the dishwasher thing but i urge people to make sure they are using a dishwasher cleaner that is totally safe for your body, READ the ingredients

alexa said...

I do the toilet thing... heard that somewhere once.

Didn't know about toothbrushes, but good idea. I learned from Karen to hang my dish cloth on the front end of the top rack to "sterilize" it when I run the dishwasher.

you know that whole thing about how your toilet is cleaner than your kitchen sink.

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

I'd heard about the toilet thing too and we try to close the lid but sometimes it is really hard to remember!! LOL. I'll have to think "10 feet - Yuck!" to mysef more often to help me remember!