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Safe, smart antimicrobial toothbrush protectors
July 21, 2016
We have found these to be a smart, effective way to protect our toothbrushes from germs and other incidental sprays and splashes to which toothbrushes get exposed when stored out in the open. Not wanting a simple enclosed cover, which can actually become a breeding ground for more germs, we have opted to clip these Steripod protectors on to our toothbrushes, but not before doing a little bit of digging into how they actually work.
Many reviewers have commented on a strong scent that emanates from the clips at first, which gradually weakens over time and use of the Steripod clips. According to some manufacturer information, the scent is produced from the natural plant extract Thymol, which is an extract of the thyme plant and is known for its antiseptic properties. It is apparently a natural ingredient used in many mouthwash formulations as an antimicrobial component. It is purportedly a proven safe and effective antimicrobial substance, and it is the main source of the claimed antiseptic properties of the Steripod.
It's difficult to exactly measure the effectiveness of these toothbrush protectors, but as a bit of a germophobe I feel much better about using these protectors than storing our toothbrushes unprotected in their holder on the sink. When used as directed, the scent is not a problem for anyone in our house, and I really like that the toothbrushes are better protected from germs and other contaminants than they would be if we weren't using them.