By Andrew Liszewski
I caught an episode of a local science show and the experiment they were doing involved adding a chemical to the water in a toilet that would show up under a black light. Well once they flushed said toilet and flipped on the black light it was pretty astonishing to see the glowing spots over the entire bathroom. Oh did I say astonishing? I meant to say horrifying.
Of course this means that anything left sitting out in a bathroom is pretty much guaranteed to be hit by the flushing-induced shrapnel, including your toothbrush. So your options are to never brush your teeth again, use a new toothbrush every time or start using a UV sterilizer like this one from Japanese company Rakuten. After cleaning those pearly whites just stick your toothbrush into the device and close the lid. An ultraviolet lamp will then switch on and sterilize the head of your brush in about 4 minutes and then switch off automatically. It’s easy to use and should provide some peace of mind when it comes to worrying about bacteria, unless of course you suffer from OCD, then I’ve probably ruined your life.
The Rakuten toothbrush sterilizer is available in Japan for about $45.