Using UV to Sanitize Your Toothbrush For Flu Season

Using UV to Sanitize Your Toothbrush For Flu Season

Jeff Heaton
Nov 21, 2011

When we get sick we always run our toothbrushes through the dishwasher afterward to keep from reinfecting ourselves. This generally destroys the bristles and we're soon looking for another one, but it's better than getting sick again. Instead of wasting our brushes (we use electric so replacement costs add up) we've decided to get a toothbrush sanitizer. We're not sick all the time, but it is nice to know that stick we're constantly jamming in our mouth is clean. Here are the ones we're looking at.

Stealth Toothbrush Sanitizer ($50)
We're not sure where this would be stealth. An alien planet? The set of a Michael Bay film? Michael Bay's bathroom? In any case it does look cooler than one would expect a device of this nature to look. It uses a germicidal UV light to blast away 99.9 percent of germs. The blue lights engage while it's cleaning and the rock-looking device can hold two toothbrushes at a time. It also lasts three months on three AA batteries.

Zapi ($34.95)
This sanitizer reminds us of Tomagotchis. Remember those egg shaped little games? These are also egg shaped and come in a variety of finishes from gunmetal to pink to ninja. Each comes with its own toothbrush but of course you can use your own, electric or analog. We like how portable these are, and the finishes might even get your kids to clean something.

Violight VIO200 Travel Toothbrush Sanitizer ($26.45)
No where are you more likely to get sick than traveling to another place where new germs attack your immunity and surfaces may not be perfectly clean. For those who have to take their toothbrush everywhere, the VIO200 is the sanitizer for you. This is a toothbrush case that incorporates a blue UV light to kill germs on the go. The device engages as soon as you close the lid and turns itself off after the cleaning cycle is complete.

Toothbrush Sanitizer by Philippe Starck ($40.76)
The home version of the VIO200, this canister places the heads of your toothbrushes (up to four) around a UV light that activates with the push of a button. The process takes about 10 minutes, and not only helps kill germs but further dries the brush, reducing the possibility for mold growth (we still recommend a good shake first though). The device looks like a Starck design: reduced in form and direct in use.

Use UV or think air drying is the way to go? Are we just germophobes or are we on to something? Tell us in the comments.

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