As the Coronavirus spreads at an alarming rate, everyone must take measures to ensure their safety. With multiple ways to stay safe like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart, not visiting people from other households, there is new research supporting this new way to stay safe: disinfecting your toothbrush.

Since COVID is passed through the air, there are extremely high amounts of the virus within your own mouth. Using the same toothbrush week after week might carry over the virus since the bristles essentially act as landfills that store the Coronavirus in between the cracks.

Disinfecting your toothbrush doesn’t have to be more complicated than it seems. Simply pouring store-bought mouthwash over your toothbrush will effectively kill 99.9% of all germs including the virus. Or, if you’d rather play it safe, simply toss your current toothbrush and replace it with a new one.

Furthermore, using mouthwash has actually been found to be extremely effective at limiting the spread of the virus in those already diagnosed, as the mouthwash targets and kills most of the coronavirus that is on your tongue and in your mouth.

Lastly, we would extremely encourage everyone to never share their toothbrush, even with partners. As unlikely that it is that one partner might contract the virus without the other following suit, it is the safest bet to simply use your own toothbrush and limit person-to-person contact as much as possible.