Friday, June 1, 2012

Someone Used My Toothbrush!

Did you ever go to get ready for bed and realize that someone else had recently used your toothbrush? You can tell because if it's wet and you haven't brushed recently, that means somebody used it. Yeah? Well, me too. It happened to me just the other day.

There are three other people in the house, so I can't necessarily say who the culprit was, but I have my suspicions. I am mainly suspicious of the hub, but with two kids, who can really be sure?

This wasn't just any accidental toothbrush using, however. This one was one of the worst I've ever experienced. The offender didn't just use my toothbrush, they left - gulp - debris in it! Gross!

Hock, ack, urp, hurl, ouck, oaghuh.

I'm sorry, but this kind of thing cannot be taken lightly.

I didn't even bother trying to approach the old whodunnit line of questioning. Nobody will ever admit to it, especially with debris left behind, so I knew it would be fruitless to even ask. So, I did the proper thing. I went out and bought a new toothbrush.

You would think that I would throw away the old toothbrush, but no. I was nice and thought, "Okay, somebody obviously mistook this for their toothbrush and now they might continue to use it. Fine. I don't have cooties. They can have it." I decided that way, they could accidentally use it at any time and I would not be offended. I cleaned up the debris and put it back in the holder.

I then took my new toothbrush and put it in a new secret location so that nobody could ever accidentally use my toothbrush again and leave debris in it. I was so wise! It worked like a charm and boy, did it ever feel good to have an undefiled toothbrush again!

Last night was another late night and I groggily dragged myself into the bathroom do my evening routine and get ready for bed. I looked at myself in the mirror. Oh no. It couldn't be! Sadly, it was. Out of habit, I had grabbed the old toothbrush. My stomach turned slightly and then I thought, "Oh well, it's already in my mouth and my teeth are half brushed, so I'd might as well finish."

I wonder, does this make me as bad as the debris depositor? I mean, if they really had thought it was their toothbrush, they might have been using it daily, I didn't know. And that would make me just as guilty for grabbing their (my) new (old) toothbrush!

Luckily, I was able to go to bed without any further distress and my plan is to continue to use my new toothbrush. What would you have done if this happened to you?

35 comments:

  1. EW... very possibly would have had to vomit.  (I have a weak stomach)

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  2. This did just happen to me. I was in the downstairs bathroom brushing my teeth when my older daughter yelled at me that I was using her brush (it looks like my upstairs brush). Then the younger one held up my brush on which she'd written Mama a few months ago to distinguish it from her brush. The plot thickens. This Mama brush is identical to the one my sister uses upstairs so I began to suspect that perhaps I was using the wrong brush upstairs also (I did not inform her of the mix-up, she's too squeamish. I'd never hear the end of it) So I went out and bought myself new brushes. Two days later, brush in mouth I look down and notice my new brush in the cup. I have no idea whose brush I was using and I'm keeping my mouth shut.

    I might have to invest in new color coded system.

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  3. Oh, Lynne, I am laughing! As always, thank goodness I am not the only one! Ha ha. Now I don't feel so bad.

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  4. Oh no! I'll try to make my next post less nauseating, but I can't promise anything (hee hee).

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  5. I'd disinfect it in the microwave and/or wash it in the dishwasher or get a new one! Eeeew! You know what grosses me out? Watching someone eat cold cereal with milk, in the morning.

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  6. Cold cereal? Really? You and I could never be roomies. I love that for breakfast. My hub, however, likes big hot meals for breakfast like biscuits and gravy, bacon, hashbrowns, etc. It makes me feel sick when I eat big breakfasts like that.

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  7. Oh no, oh no! I'm very particular about my toothbrushes. I replace mine constantly and if I think someone else used it, it goes in the trash.

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  8. Funny how people can be so different, isn't it? I am usually not too OCD about these things, luckily.

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  9. Oh, man. Now I feel bad for complaining in my last post about hubby using my chair. My toothbrush would have gone in the trash for sure.

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  10. Chair would have been better...

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  11. McGuffy Ann MorrisJune 1, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Toothbrushes are sacred, not to be messed with. "Whoever" does this needs to go immediately to confession and do penance. Just sayin'...

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  12. I vote for a fingerprint security system... wow, I can include that in my next post! Awesome!

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  13. I can relate to that and yes it is gross, though knowing it had debris on it while you were brushing I have to tell you was over the top gross and I would have thrown it in the trash and been a little freaked out.

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  14. Hahahaha ok my morbid curiosity makes me gravitate towards these stories :D

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  15. Yuk, I would be my new toothbrush on a chain and hang it round my neck NEVER forgetting where it was, and avoiding ever using anyone else's toothbrush. Oh my belly feels funny thinking about all that gunk stuck in the brush, and the thought of that coming from somebody else's mouth..........hang on a minute I'm gonna chuck uppppp urrrrrrrr

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  16. Better yet - retina recognition system. Of course that would drive the price up to $2,875 for a toothbrush but it sounds like you need it. :-)

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  17. I've not had it happen TO me since my esteemed spouse would retch were she to find she'd used my toothbrush. I have been the offender in the past. Having discovered such spousal abuse, I promptly cleaned her toothbrush and smart man - dried it off on my towel. None the wiser. I then went to association. If she bought a red toothbrush I would think, "oh she makes me see RED!" Solved it.

    I now have one of those ultrasonic doo-dads and since my spouse is of the brush hard for 28 seconds and I am the goodboy going the full 2 minutes, lazering my teeth silly - no more worries.

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  18. Ew...toothbrushes are the Holy Grail of Sacred Things. And, yes, it should be in caps. Bless you for your sense of humor. I think I would have to wear my new one around my neck for the rest of my life.

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  19. Diane, capitals are probably appropriate. I am more easygoing than most people. I also apply the five second rule to dropping most foods on the floor. Ha!

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  20. Oh, I want a Sonicare so bad! It's on my list of goodies I will buy when I am rich.

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  21. Well, I love to elicit a good response with my posts, but I don't like to make people hurl. So sorry ;0) Go grab the Pepto Bismol.

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  22. Thankfully, I noticed the debris and had thoroughly cleaned it out before I accidentally grabbed it the first or second time or I might have been in worse shape for this post ;0)

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  23. Cindy, that happened to me once a long time ago. We had a church convention and I was billeting several young ladies from out of town. The morning of the last day of meetings I discovered that one of the girls had used my toothbrush. It was  a holiday weekend and at that time, the stores were not open on Sundays or some holidays, so I couldn't go out to buy a new toothbrush. After she went home, I disinfected the toothbrush to the best of my ability until I could get a new one. Yuck! is right.

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  24. Oh boy, a stranger would have been even worse! I think I would have used a napkin or maybe a pine cone or anything else to brush my teeth instead of trying to disinfect my toothbrush after that. Wow!

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  25. I'm pretty easygoing, too, and also subscribe to the five second rule, however, none of that easygoing-ness applies to others using my toothbrush. E tu? Thanks for  the well-written piece.

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  26. V_kahlerandersonJune 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM

     OH, Cindy, I would have had to put my toothbrush in Listerine, then rinse it REALLY good in VERY hot water. My husband did in-fact once use my toothbrush by mistake. I knew this because I hadn't yet brushed and my brush was wet. I was horrified!!

    How weird; we can kiss and trade spit. But there is something about food particles in our toothbrush that just sets different boundaries in the marriage.  *SHIVER!*

    ~Virginia

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  27. Yep, I feel ya Virginia! Boundaries... strange waters, indeed.

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  28. I suppose every one has had those doubts before. I often wondered if my son and I had accidently used each other's brush. The good thing was the fact that we both cleaned our brushes afterward with hydrogen peroxide. No real harm done, but still...

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  29. I'm beginning to think that it would be proper to issue a social security number and a family toothbrush color code designation upon birth.

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  30. Hi Cindy, isn't it funny, we have no trouble kissing our hubs, but the thought of sharing a toothbrush is just gross!

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  31. I know. Somehow, it's just different!

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  32. Oh boy. I laughed out loud. I've have been through this whole experience in it's entirety! There are many other things that I hide at this point as well! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face!

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  33. I know. I have let go of the guilt of hiding things from my spouse/children. There are limits! LOL!

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