You know the other day I was thinking, largely due to the fact that Earth Day just passed, about how much waste I create all of the time and with little thought. I was looking at all of the neat little bathroom items that I could change out to add a little something different to my space. I mean, a plastic soap dispenser or toothbrush holder is pretty inexpensive but it’s one of those things that can really help to change the look of a room. But what happens to my old stuff? It’s perfectly fine and I could always donate it but normally I’d just toss it out without much of a thought and that’s not cool.
But this time I did think so I passed the items up and instead decided that my bathroom was just fine as is. But I still had an itching to make a few changes. I love changing out towels for a big impact and I love that I can donate my old ones to the animal shelter where they’ll get really good use made of them. But changing out all of my towels was an expense I wasn’t willing to take.
And then Rob and I visited Target and each got ourselves a new toothbrush (it was my third one in a month because I keep losing the dang things!) and we also grabbed a new kind of toothpaste. We’d mentioned before trying out a Tom’s of Maine product but in the end we stuck with what we know. It’s kind of what we do. I always order the orange chicken here and then I always get cheesecake yogurt with chocolate chips, fresh berries and la lechera. When we go to the Thai restaurant our waitress is always kind to allow me to order even though she knows exactly what I will ALWAYS get… massaman curry with chicken, please!
While Rob may be down for new things all of the time (and oh my WORD have I seen the dude eat some nasty business all because he’d never had it before) I am a loyalist. I find something I love and I will continue to buy it/order it/use it/eat it for the rest. of. my. life. True story.
But when I thought about how my old toothpaste was one I really loved even though I hated the taste of it I decided that, yes, we could give this new Luminous White Toothpaste by Tom’s of Maine a go. And I have to tell you, I’m SO glad that we made the switch. Rob is happy because it’s more natural than most and I’m happy because it TASTES AMAZING! What can I say? I’m a girl ruled by her taste-buds at the end of the day! It doesn’t hurt, though, that while my teeth are still getting the whitening treatment that I loved from my old brand that I know that my whitening is now totally natural. Oh, and it’s also safe on enamel plus, gluten and paraben free. I had no idea toothpaste could even contain gluten and now I wonder… have I been making myself sick with my toothpaste? That’s a crazy thought, my friends.
And with Earth Day still in my mind I’m making a conscious effort to use and waste less. It seems a good place to start is by purchasing items from companies that make an effort to make natural and that’s another reason I’m finding myself loving the idea of making the switch over Tom’s of Maine products.
My new favorite toothpaste is only available at Target which is A-OK with me because have you seen their clothes? Seriously? I could go on for a good 15 minutes here about what ELSE I bought at Target (oh, the cutest shorts EVER!) but I won’t bore you with that. Instead, we’re going to make a new, natural toothbrush (and toothpaste) holder out of birch in honor of our new way to keep our pearly whites pearly white!
For this project you will need:
- Natural birch round
- Drill + wood drill bits
- Paint or sealer (optional)
- fine sandpaper
Now you can buy your natural birch round at a craft store near you. They come in different diameters so choose accordingly. Mine is perfect for 4 brushes and one tube of Luminous White toothpaste.
Place your toothpaste on top of your round and then move your toothbrushes around to kind of figure out what will be the best placement. Mark the spots with a pen or pencil.
You’ll need a drill bit that is at least a smidge wider than your toot brush handle. 3/4 inch worked perfectly for me but use what works best for your toothbrushes.
For your Tom’s toothpaste a 1 inch drill bit is perfect.
Drill one inch into your birch to first make your spot for your toothpaste to go.
Next drill your toothbrush holes. This time make them about 2-3 inches deep.
Almost done, just 2 more holes to go!
You know how toothbrush holders get gunky when that moisture runs down them and then your brush sits in a pool of nasty? Well to be able to better clean I would suggest either painting or sealing the wood making it easier to clean in the future. Painted or sealed wood is less porous so there are a lot of benefits to taking this small step. I’m sure you’ll thank me for this later!
Once the paint has dried you can hit any mistakes with fine sandpaper to remove them.
And that’s all there is to this little project. How fun is that? Plus it’s natural so if I decide to switch this sucker out for something else it seems like less of a deal to me than getting rid of plastic things. But, to be honest, I can’t see wanting to get rid of this anytime soon. First off, the cats can’t knock it over. If you don’t have cats, they knock everything over. Everything.
Now remember you can only get your Tom’s of Maine Luminous White at Target in the Target Made to Matter product line. In fact, the other 2 items in the new Tom’s of Maine Wicked Cool! Deodorant for girls (I smelled it and it’s so fun! not quite adult as it is made for girls so I passed but it smells lovely!) and for your manly men North Woods Antiperspirant. I swear you’re going to love your new toothpaste, not only because it tastes fab, but also because it’s free of artificial dyes, fragrances, flavors and preservatives, and are never tested on animals. Ooh, and be sure to get great savings using the Cartwheel app for a special cartwheel offer.