Dorm Room Living: How to Keep Your Toothbrush Clean
The dream of dorm room living (for me, at least) meant a new best friend, late nights spent giggling over cheap wine and Scrabble, and an oh-so-adorable room decorated with sparkling string lights and cute pictures of New Best Friend and me going to apple orchards and painting the campus rock.
The reality is that my roommate and I were best friends for a lone two weeks before we realized there were tons of other people to meet. And we had distinctly different ideas about our dorm décor. She preferred comfy and messy to my tidy and clean—so we worked to meet somewhere in the middle and not drive each other crazy.
In a small space like a freshmen-year dorm room, the functional items that would normally be hidden away somewhere become part of your style, and potential points of contention. Where do you hang your towel? Is your laundry bin overflowing, or contained somewhere out of the way? And what do you do with all that bathroom stuff you cart half a mile down the hall to the shared showers?
This brings us to your toothbrush. That beautiful toothbrush that belongs only to you. Knowing that you have a clean (and, let’s be honest, stylish) toothbrush to come home to every day can do wonders for your collegiate mental health. Here are three tips to keep your dorm room organized and your toothbrush safe and handy.
1. Have a discussion early on with your roomie about what you want to share, and what you don’t. If you have a bathroom sink in your dorm room, a shared toothbrush holder (with individual slots) will save space. Depending on your style, Urban Outfitters has some fun designs, or you could do what I wish I had done and get a Robot Clip.
2. If you’re going the tote or caddy route, grab a simple and clean one with separate compartments, like this one from The Container Store. An inner compartment will keep your toothbrush upright so any toothpaste residue can drain downwards and not sit in the bristles.
3. Get a different-looking toothbrush from your roommate (seriously), and change it out every three months. You’ll be introduced to all sorts of new bacteria in your shared living environment, and keeping your mouth clean is one of the most important steps you can take towards keeping your body healthy.