Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Pinterest Inspired PRACTICAL Idea!

I realize that people sometimes get overwhelmed with all of the Pinterest inspiration that's out there. However, can we just say that it can be EXTREMELY helpful and well...practical and...a life saver!

Hands down one of the hardest things about transitioning to a family of seven has been how many times we have all gotten sick. Literally in 6 months a different stomach bug went through our house FOUR times. 

I remember counting years between the times that I have gotten sick and thrown up. Let's just say that the counts don't look anything like that now.

I saw this idea a while ago on Pinterest and sure, I thought it was adorable.

toothbrushes in mason jars
However, after the fourth bug that rolled through here I didn't even care if it was adorable...it was PRACTICAL. 

This was my original solution for a tooth brush holder since normally store bought holders only hold four toothbrushes at a time.

toothbrushes all together

I'm no doctor but I don't think we were helping to keep germs contained (even the slightest bit) when our toothbrushes were stored like this. And to think that I would have sick kids quarantined to their beds for an afternoon (to contain the sickness) and thought nothing of the craziness that was staring us right in the face at brushing time (yikes!)

We like to make use of the free toothbrushes that we receive from the dentist (which come in all different shapes and sizes) otherwise this toothbrush storage solution has always caught my eye too...so cute.

toothbrushes that look the same

One thing I did know was that I had to do something. Grabbing mason jars that we already had on hand seemed to make the most sense. I did end up buying separate toothpaste for each of the kids too. When it came down to it, it seemed like even if the toothbrushes were stored separately but we all had our toothbrushes touching the same tube of toothpaste, germs were still intermingling.

The kids loved the fact that they each got their own tube! I loved finding the Oral-B tubes on sale because they have a flip top and then hopefully we won't have anymore tops go down our bathroom sink...again.

separate toothbrushes and paste in mason jars

I can see how securing the jars to something more permanent would be helpful. This would ensure that the toothbrushes don't touch and would keep the jars from falling and breaking on the floor.

Truth be told, we are seriously considering gutting our bathroom for about six different reasons, so for now they'll just be on the counter.

mason jar holders in bathroom

I don't mind at all that our new setup doesn't look "Pinterest" worthy (check out these and these...so adorable!) Instead I love that they are so practical and make this momma THRILLED! The kids are even using less toothpaste now that they're responsible for their own tubes!

Here is to sunny skies and healthy tummies for hopefully months to come! :-)

How does your family help avoid spreading sickness to everyone? How does your family store toothbrushes?


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26 comments:

  1. What a great idea! We'd love for you to stop by and link up to Finished Friday.

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  2. Everyone in our fam has their own toothpaste, too. And I read somewhere it's best to store toothbrushes at least 6 feet from the toilet (gross, but it's to avoid the fecal matter that is discharged from around the toilet). I have stored toothbrushes in drawers and cabinets to avoid that before. Otherwise, we've been fortunate and haven't shared stomach bugs, although colds and sniffles are shared a-plenty.

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    1. Keturah,

      That is interesting about the 6 feet thing. I've heard others say before that storing toothbrushes in a cabinet or drawer is best. Unfortunately with our space it worked easiest to have the kids brushes on the counter. Thankfully there is a wall and about 5 feet in between the counter and the toilet! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. This school year has been horrible for us with sickness for our youngest five kidlets. We have 7 children; ages 18, 16, 10, 8, 6, 5, and 3 yrs. It started in November. There was a virus that was just a high fever. Then there was flu A in December that was followed by strep throat. January was off and on with short lived stomach bugs. February was emergency surgery to remove the appendix for our 9 year old, which was followed up with me leaving the hospital having strep throat. In March, we dealt with allergies and ear infections but nothing contagious. April, we had flu B. Flu B caught up with me and then turned into bronchitis. I am so glad the school year is over. We will start homeschooling again this next school year. I am praying that not as many germies will be an added bonus. :o)

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    1. Wow, that is a lot to deal with in one winter! You deserve that added bonus of less germs next year! :-)

      ~Sarah

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    1. Thanks Jeni, I LOVE practical! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  5. how cute is this and something that will really work thanks for sharing
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  6. SUPER idea! I am going to go do the same for our kiddos. Maybe we'll also find out who that messy one is?! ;)

    Pinning!

    Thanks for linking up to our Simply Create Link Party!

    Melissa
    redflycreations.com

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    1. Melissa,

      Too funny...I have already been noticing who now has the messiest toothpaste in our family. Now I know who the culprit use to be! ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  7. That is a great idea. I think for little kids it makes more sense for them not to be secured so they can reach them easier :)

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    1. Rachel,

      That is probably true! :-) The only downside is that they slide together and then the toothbrushes can still touch...not to mention that they could slide off of the counter onto the tile floor if my two year old wonders in alone. Here is to hoping that they all stay safe on the counter. :-)

      ~Sarah

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    2. I enjoyed reading your idea. You could try adding a piece of non-skid foam to the bottom of each jar to help keep them from sliding on the counter.

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    3. Suanna,

      Gail just mentioned doing something similar...I think that is a great idea!

      ~Sarah

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  8. I like your practical use of an idea from Pinterest. Like you, Pinterest doesn't overwhelm me, but neither do I try to do things that are too difficult or impractical. I wonder if you put a bit of rubber shelf paper on the bottom of each jar if that would keep them from sliding.

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  9. What a neat idea! As of now all my boys toothbrushes are together and they fight when its time to brush their teeth, I might just have to find something cute (and manly) to store their own toothpaste and brushes in.
    Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!
    Amy

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  10. Whenever a cold or flu goes through our home I am sure to sterilize all toothbrushes in the dishwasher. You could boil them also. It keeps germs down also.

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  11. If someone gets sick, all could put toothbrushes brush down in jars til it passes!

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  12. Toothbrush covers or holders are great for keeping germs off of toothbrushes as well. I prefer the flip-top covers. They come in all colors, and they can be washed to be reused.

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    1. Flip-top covers sound great and I love things that come in multiple colors! :-)

      ~Sarah

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