I love my kids, but sometimes they're really, really gross. Like when it comes time to brush their teeth. Two of them love it and would brush their teeth all day long, the other one doesn't like the toothpaste flavor. (That one already has 4 cavities, GRRR!)
One reason I consider their toothbrushing habits to be so icky is that they just grab whatever toothbrush they want to and use it. GROSS! They also aren't very good at rinsing their brushes off when they're done.
This morning, trying to get Talker Man to deal with his tooth brushing before school, I realized I'd had just about enough of this and with cold/flu season coming up fast, SOMETHING needed to be done.
I set off to Walmart (really, the only store in this town) to find a solution.
First stop was the toothbrushes. Little Miss Princess was with me and picked her own new Barbie brush and some princess toothpaste. I chose for the boys. (Ninja Turtles for one and Transformers for the other.) I found three plastic character cups in the party section and some sticky Velcro in the craft section.
Home we went, to get to work on this yucky problem. I went through the cabinet and tossed ALL the toothbrushes that were laying around in there.
Then I decided where we were going to hang these contraptions. I decided there needed to be height, to keep the little two out of the big one's stuff, so they wouldn't use his non-mint flavored toothpaste and get his brush all gunky. I decided the wall was probably the best place for it, even though I'm almost positive I'll regret this decision when I go to remove the Velcro..it's really sticky. (Don't mind the weird lighting, the wax burner/nightlight is right there next to them.)
I put the opposite side of the Velcro onto the cups and hung those babies up! Everything is self contained, everyone will be able to tell whose is whose and HOPEFULLY this will put a stop to the toothbrush sharing! It's right next to the sink, so there's no excuse to not put their things back where they belong.
Crossing my fingers!