Clean Bathrooms are Good For Your Teeth!

Hello Dr. Ellie,

I am on your system for two months (plus on a very low sugar diet) and haven’t seen plaque in weeks. Thanks for that, thank you so much.

I still have one question, though. You recommend to be religious about desinfecting your toothbrushes, and keeping them dry. Shouldn’t this count for every surface near your bathroom sink?

What cleaning agents are effective against the microbes we re dealing with? Can we now finally use some baking soda? 😉


Hi Albert,

I agree and think you are correct – surfaces in any wet area must be cleaned well or else molds quickly develop.

I guess I kind of take this for granted – but it is important!

Yes, I am a bathroom cleaning freak!!

I have always have been convinced that germs spread from here – from toilets, hands etc….

(Ask my kids – I would always insist on a clean bathroom area – and if they ever complained of a sore throat – the first thing we did was clean their bathroom).

Here is a cool website with a lot of good house cleaning tips!

This site has many specific recommendations – often with baking soda in the “mix”.

Personally I use a detergent first (like Dawn liquid) and after washing everything, I clean a second time with an ammonia based product or spray.

This two-step approach seems to get rid of all the nasty things that can develop down the drain. ( …by the way I am so fanatic – I even clean down the sink drain with a Q tip!)

Happy cleaning!

Thanks for the question -Ellie

Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for Oral Health!
author, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye

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  • JBG says:

    Ellie, here is a cleaning tip that I did not find on MrsClean:Put ordinary 3% H2O2 in one spray bottle, and grocery-store white vinegar in another. Then spray first with one (doesn't matter which), then the other. Reputed to be *very* effective sanitizer of edible veggies (alfalfa sprouts!), cutting boards, bathroom surfaces, etc. It is advised not to mix the two liquids together in one bottle.

  • Dr. Ellie says:

    Wow – thanks! I will give this a try and report back!

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