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  • Diana R. 4 months ago
    I never thought about this small item in terms of recycling. Thanks for the suggestion on using a water pik instead.
  • Lynne H. 4 months ago
    Please do NOT throw away your mascara wands. Instead, clean JUST THE WAND with dawn soap, place them in a ziploc bag and mail them to a Wildlife Refuge accepting donations. These little wands are able to be upcycled to clean away oil, larvae, fly eggs, mites, infections, mud and other contaminants from wildlife. Works great for medical care and wound treatment

    Pick your refuge to mail to:

    Appalachian Wild
    P.O. Box 1211
    Skyland NC 28776


    Wildlife Wands
    P.O. Box 1586
    Southwick, MA 01077.
  • Carolyn R. 7 months ago
    Water flossing alone is great unless you already have gingivitis. In that case, string flossing and water flossing achieve the best results, especially if you have crowns or bridge work. (I have one bridge and all my molars are crowned. It's not from lack of care, but results from genetics and aging. Everything wears out eventually. It's part of life.) Thanks for info about alternative types of floss. I will definitely check out Woo Bamboo.
  • Elizabeth B. 8 months ago
    I am a dental floss "geek" but I recently stopped buying my favorite brand because I couldn't justify creating hundreds, thousands of little pieces of plastic thread with nowhere to go. I switched to silk - from WooBamboo in my case - and will be TerraCycling the minimal plastic dispenser until I come up with a better solution. I feel a bit like Macgyver - I could hem a pair of pants with my trusty silk dental floss!

    Although I currently do all three, I would choose flossing over water-picking or brushing alone any day! My elderly dad thought he could substitute water-picking for flossing, and ended up with several decayed teeth requiring implants (yes he read the instructions)! Just don't get complacent...

    TIP: Save one of the big wide caps to use on subsequent tubes of toothpaste. You can stand it on its head more easily, and that helps get the last of the paste out on your brush where it'll do some good!
    • Sandy S. 4 months ago
      You could also just cut the bottom off of the tube & scrap your toothbrush around the inside. You get a lot more out that way.
  • Daniel N. 10 months ago
    Actually, the BEST way to floss and have NO recycling at all is to use a water flosser that works much better than string floss, is healthier for your gums, is more effective than string flossing, is more sanitary than string flossing, and now they are so inexpensive, they are in the price range of virtually everyone!! I have used a WaterPik for a number of years and even my dentist has now changed to a WaterPik for his own personal use. You can get them for as little as $20 at WalMart, Target, etc... It uses only warm water and gets so much more out of your teeth and gums you are silly not to try. Just remember to READ the INSTRUCTION MANUAL and follow their guidelines to start out low and work up because if you haven't flossed as much as you should have you will find your gums are much more sensitive than you think. Once you get used to the feeling and your gums are used to it (about 1-2 weeks) you will feel like you NEED to floss, it is that easy and effective!! TRY IT OUT! Plus you won't ever have to wonder what to do with used floss!!
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