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Thursday, September 13, 2012

No More Toothpaste In My Sink!



Do you hate having toothpaste all over your sink or counters because your kids either put too much on their toothbrushes or because they can't handle the tube very well?  I sure do!  No matter how often I clean our bathroom, the sink and counters have toothpaste on them as soon as my kids brush their teeth.

I was tired of nagging them to clean it up or teaching them how to be more careful with the tube.  And at 8 and 5 they are old enough to be brushing their teeth without me putting their toothpaste on their brushes {plus I just don't have time to be doing that!}.  Oh, and I should mention, all 4 of us use one bathroom upstairs so it gets messy quickly and it's not a mess I can ignore because I see it...multiple times a day.


I wanted a solution but really, what options were there?

A few weeks back we went to the Canadian National Exhibition (the C.N.E. or the Ex as we usually call it around here) and one of the things we always do is go through the "At Home Pavillion".  It's like a real live version of every infomercial or "As Seen On TV" demonstration you've ever seen.  We love watching all the demonstrations!

And I'll admit we usually get suckered into purchasing at least one amazing product that will "change your life" :)  Sometimes it makes a huge difference but often it's not as great once you've got it in your home (especially if you forget all the features that you were shown - sometimes we've actually watched the demos for products we've bought in previous years to remind ourselves how to use it!).

Usually our kids hate this building and beg us to hurry on to something more exciting.  But for some reason this year they were quite intrigued by a lot of the products.  Nothing like having 2 more people trying to convince us to buy something!  It led to some good discussions on marketing and finances and how we don't need everything out there.

We have gotten better each year and we weren't really planning to buy anything this time.  Until we saw it.  The thing that will change our family's toothpaste usage forever!  My son and I were quite intrigued but I walked away after the first demonstration (trying to stick with the plan to not buy anything).  But my son kept bugging me.  We circled back later with my hubby and daughter too.  She also loved it.  Hubby was not as impressed.  We walked away again but both kids kept talking about it.  Hubby reminded me of a few reasons why it may not be the best thing since sliced bread (I need him to help keep my perspective a lot of times!).  But the kids were not relenting.  We started thinking about ways it would help and in the end hubby gave in we bought it.

So what is this fantastic product?  Here's a picture...



I LOVE IT!  You just stick your toothbrush in and push against a little lever and it dispenses toothpaste in small quantities without messing with the tube.  No more toothpaste on the counters! And now my kids have less toothpaste on their brushes so they use it all while they're brushing and there's very little left in the sink (and what is there can easily be washed away).  So no more blobs of toothpaste in the sink!  Plus it hangs on the wall so it's one less thing on the counter.

Here's how it works inside for those of you who like to know that kind of stuff:



I don't know the status of this product in terms of patents.  There's no real info on where it's manufactured and where you can get it.  Guess you'll just have to go to some Home Shows or Fairs to get one.  Or maybe it will be on TV infomercials soon.

{Update:  A reader mentioned that she saw lots of these on Amazon.  I checked it out and both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca have this one and other types of toothpaste dispensers.  Just search "Toothpaste Dispenser" on Amazon and you'll find several options to choose from.  Thanks for the tip Sue!}

The other reason I really wanted to purchase this toothpaste dispenser was that it also came with a toothbrush holder that hangs on the wall.  I've never been really happy with how our toothbrushes are organized.  Here's our previous system.



We have a typical toothbrush holder that came with our bathroom set but none of our toothbrushes actually fit in the holes so it's useless.   {Why can't these two industries communicate with each other and either make skinnier handles on toothbrushes or make bigger holes in toothbrush holders?}  Anyway, we've been using the cup from our set, but it gets kind of full with a tube of toothpaste and several brushes.  And more often than not someone just leaves a toothbrush on the counter, making more of a mess.

Also, picture 3 clear plastic disposable cups with names written on them with a Sharpie sitting on the counter in the same areas.  My hubby and kids use cups to rinse after they brush and we've experimented with various cups in the past.  What we found worked best was disposable clear plastic cups.  They each have their own and we write their names on them with a Sharpie.  They use them for a couple weeks and then when they start to get kind of grungy looking we recycle them and get new ones.  Not the most environmentally friendly solution and definitely not pretty in our bathroom.  (I was embarrassed to even show them in the "before" picture but use your imagination!)

So, on to the "after" pictures.  Here's what everything looks like now:





This holder is fantastic!  Any size toothbrushes can hang there.  All of ours fit nicely...even my spinbrush.  I like it a lot better now... less stuff on the counter and much less mess!

Once we finish up a few more tubes of kids' toothpaste we'll switch the kids to whatever toothpaste we use.  For now we have the kids' tube in the dispenser and ours on the counter.

Here's my daughter using the toothpaste dispenser.



It puts just a little bit of toothpaste on the brush without overflowing and making a mess!




{Sorry for the pinkish colour of the sink.  There's no natural light in our bathroom and the flash reflected too much so this was the best I could do.}

I recently found the cute little coloured plastic cups that you saw above in the "after" pictures.  They were 8 for $1 at the Dollar store.



They're non-porous which is great because one of the many types of plastic cups we originally tried absorbed too much of the toothpaste.  And these are dishwasher safe so I can clean them as often as I want.  Plus I have a spare for each person so I don't have to fit the washings in between brushings.

I'm really excited (in case you couldn't tell!) about all of this.  No more mess (from toothpaste anway!).   No more nagging (about toothpaste at least!).  Less stuff on my bathroom counter.  And it looks so much cuter!  Can't beat all that.

How do you deal with kids and toothpaste?  How do you organize your toothbrushes?  And do you know why they make toothbrush holders with holes that are too small for a lot of the toothbrushes on the market?




Happy organizing!





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49 comments:

  1. Ok - that is an awesome product for lil ones b/c it *does* control how much is squished out and wasted. Glad its working for you :)

    If my dad had gone to The Ex this year, he'd have probably picked that up too LOL He's an 'oversquisher' of the paste.

    As for the retro toothbrush holders with the holes that are too small - those were designed for the cheapie $1 store type brushes that shred up after a week of use. All the really good brushes these days seem to have more ergonomic type handles, no? No more 'flat' basic style.

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    1. That's funny about your dad being an oversquisher Helen! I figured that was the deal with the toothbrush holders and brushes but really, these ergo brushes have been around for a long time now and aren't likely going away but I haven't seen holders with bigger holes. Oh well...I guess we all just need to figure out what will work! Thanks for your comments :)

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  2. Awww. I think our toothpaste is the sink problem is because I put a little too much on and the 4yo isn't quite an expert at brushing and spitting yet. So I was super hopeful you'd found a magical product..but I think I'll just have to put less on her brush to start and then eventually we'll get there. I wondered if these worked though - so good to know!

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    1. Jibberblog, it takes awhile for kids to get the hang of brushing and spitting and this product isn't going to eliminate that part of it, but I really think less on the brush makes a huge difference because more of it gets used then and what is spit into the sink is easier to rinse down. Good luck with teaching your 4yo to improve in brushing and spitting!

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  3. how does it work? is it electric? it's a fun idea! right now my kids do have the toothpaste in the sink thing - well the older one does. I still brush teeth for my littler ones. I have their brushes in a cup I got at target and they have their own rinsing cups. my husband and I had glass cups for the longest time until I broke one! now we have plastic ones we found at target as well!

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    1. Hi Dara,
      It's just a lever you push with your toothbrush and then the toothpaste is released. There's a vacuum mechanism inside so no batteries or electricity needed.

      My hubby had a glass too until we had kids and got ceramic tiles in our bathroom... I was too afraid of the glass breaking so we tried various plastic options. These are the best I've found.

      Thanks for sharing what works in your family!

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  4. Genius! I am so jealous. I went to the PNE (the ex in Vancouver) and I steered clear of that tent. I didn't want to be carrying that stuff around all day and on public transit. Now of course, I wish I had gone. lol

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    1. I don't know if I would have wanted to carry our purchases around all day or on public transit either Renee! We drove so we dropped off purchases throughout the day. I've heard you can get these dispensers on Amazon though. When I find them I'll post a link in the post so you can still get one!

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  5. So cool. My boys would love this. Anything that's kind of like a machine is totally cool to them.

    I so miss the CNE, I'm from ON but now I'm living in the US.

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    1. My kids totally love that it's like a "machine" too Danielle. One of the added benefits is how much more excited they are to brush their teeth now :) That's too bad you can't go to the CNE now...I'd really miss it too. Hope you have something similar where you are :) Thanks for your comments!

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  6. This is so cool! I need one myself :) It's a great way to keep everything neat and tidy. New follower from the networking hop too. Hope you can follow back as well. Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I was already following you on G+ but followed you on FB now (from my personal account). Have a great weekend!

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  7. Stopping over from the networking blog hop!
    I´m your new follower via GFC!
    Check out my blog sometime and follow back if you like!

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    1. Thanks for following Wessens-Art! Followed you back on GFC. Love your creative projects :)

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  8. Stopping by from the blog hop. What a great idea. And I love the toothbrush holder too. A new follower through RSS.

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    1. Thanks Laura! I followed you back on G+ and FB from my personal accounts (Hilda Rodgers). Have a great weekend!

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  9. This is great! Sometimes these things seem finicky but this looks like it really works!

    Also- I tested the photo Friday linky on ladies holiday and all seems to be working. Hope you'll try again or maybe next week!

    Thanks :)

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    1. Thanks Ladies Holiday! I'll try the link again. Have a great day :)

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  10. I never knew such a thing existed. Toothpaste in the sink is always a problem. And what I think is really gross about most traditional toothbrush holders is that, besides the holes in the top, they are all closed in, thereby very hard to clean out--the grimy water that drips down the toothbrushes and collects in the bottom is pretty disgusting. I have a new-fangled open tooth brush holder that is stainless steel and cleans very easily, so that's what I prefer!

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    1. Oh, I totally agree with the disgusting mess in the bottom of many toothbrush holders. There are ones that had a spot at the bottom to open up and clean them but they were not always easy to find. Your holder sounds great! Anything that makes life easy is perfect in my book :) This holder I just put up is pretty easy to wipe down so that's another plus. Thanks for sharing what works in your home!

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  11. Hi there! I'm stopping by from Thee Networking blog hop & I must say you've got me excited about this! I want one haha. If love for you to stop by my blog & link up this post. That way everyone can check out your review too.

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    1. Hi Nikki! I just linked up to your party. Thanks for the invitation!

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  12. Very good! I think this is really a great help! I love the holder to fit the heads in and hang. That is a great idea. It is the handles that the kids want to show anyways, not the bristles! I think you found a great fix to a problem lots of people have. and yes, I think I may look for one on amazon! My counters look much like your before pictures. Thanks for the great post!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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    1. Thanks Susie! It's nice to know I'm the only one facing these issues :) I hope you get one of these. If you do, let me know how it turns out for your family!

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  13. Great post. I could really use one of those just so my toothpaste tube has a organized space to go. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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    1. Thanks Karri! I just wish we were at a point where we all use the same type of toothpaste, but once we get there it will be even more organized than it is now :)

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  14. Excellent ideas for keeping the grunge down in the bathroom. Always a good thing!

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    1. Thanks Lori! It's one place where grunge seems to multiply quickly so any little thing makes a big difference :) Thanks for your comment!

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  15. I'll do anything to get the "ick" down in the bathroom. So this looks like a really good thing! A great post because I never would of known about it. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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    1. Glad to help Cathy! Thanks for hosting :)

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  16. Brilliant! I just added it to my Amazon wish list!

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    1. Glad to help Christine! Just checked out your blog...from the pics of your family it looks like it would be a big help. Your kids are cute :)

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  17. Very cool! Glad it's helping, I hate that about toothpaste too. :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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    1. Toothpaste in the sink is a universal dislike I think Jessi! Thanks for hosting a great party :)

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  18. I guess I am the only one that still sees an "ick" factor for this little device - germs from the toothbrush transferring to the lever and then transferring to the next toothbrush. I'm not a huge germaphobe, but I do not like my toothbrush touching anything germy. Just my thought. Maybe I am the only one.

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    1. That's a good point Carol. I'm fairly protective of my toothbrush's personal space too :) I've been wiping this dispenser down regularly with disinfectant wipes. And I figure sharing tubes of toothpaste the "regular" way involves some touching of brushes & tubes too. I guess each family needs to decide what they're comfortable with for limiting germ sharing. Thanks for your comment!

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  19. Great find Hilda! And the cups are a great colorful addition -no more sharpie needed :)

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    1. Thanks! I love the colours...I'm working on colour coding more things (for my kids especially). I like Sharpies but it's nice not to have to label everything :)

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  20. I wish I'd had that when my three were little! holy cow

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    1. I'm really glad we found it too Laura :) Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

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  21. I have been wanting one of those since I seen them on tv. I deal with the same mess every single day and it drives me crazy! I have been hesitating getting it because I thought it was just another gizmo.

    I'll look into it! Thanks!

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    1. I know what you mean Angell about not buying every gadget that looks too good to be true. I've been suckered into a few of those that weren't as fantastic as they appeared :) Thanks for commenting!

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  22. Awesome idea! I'll be looking for one of these. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit "One Creative Weekend" on OneCreativeMommy.com today (or any time Fri-Wed) and link up!

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    1. Thanks for invite Heidi! I just linked up :)

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  23. That looks like an awesome product, I will definitely have to check out our "TV showcase" store at the mall...maybe they have it. My kids just recently switched themselves to adult toothpaste, because their toothpaste doesn't get their teeth "as white" as they would like! Hey it works for me, much less clutter on the counter top!

    Thanks for linking up. I love this post!

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    1. You're welcome Kristina! I'm looking forward to the day we're all using the same toothpaste and have less clutter in our tiny bathroom. That's great yours switched...and to make their teeth whiter!

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  24. LOVE this idea! I am sooo tired of the toothpaste in the sink, thanks for sharing a fab idea!

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