I need to change my toothbrush recently as it’s very dirty and the bristle is quite frizzy already. I also need to get a new dental floss as I’ve emptied the current one. I never realized the impact of toothbrush and dental floss on our environment until recently. Wow, both are plastic?! Gosh, I’m so blind… but not anymore.
To lessen the burden of our earth and for my well-being, I bought a bamboo toothbrush and a natural dental floss. Both are biodegradable. Yay! Once done, I can compost them.
Bamboo toothbrush with horsehair (bristle). The horsehair is quite stiff and flexible, almost like the regular bristle.
Updated on 23rd September 2019:
When I first started using the bamboo toothbrush with horsehair, there was just a very brief moment of weirdness due to the horsehair texture. After that, it was business as usual. When the toothbrush was new, very rarely I will find horsehair dropping while I was brushing my teeth. Since the product is natural, I don’t mind this small drawback because the benefits are way huge. What’s funny is it brings me some laughter “Oh I have horsehair in my mouth!?!”. Hahaha The bristle head is small enough to reach nook and corner. Overall, I am satisfied with this toothbrush and will continue using it unless I find a cheaper one.
It took me a year and 3 months to change to a new bamboo toothbrush with horsehair. I got the same one but this time instead of postage, I got it from a zero waste shop in PJ for the same price. There is a couple zero waste shop in Klang Valley now. So, I saved on the postage fee.
Why that long? Because I’m stingy (kiam ah!). RM25 is not cheap for a toothbrush ya. As long as it’s usable doesn’t matter how frizzy the bristle has become, I can still use it. After more than a year of usage, I can say that I justified my purchase.
Natural dental floss made of pure raw silk and coated with beeswax. I bought the refill, as the original floss comes in a glass bottle and stainless cutter. I don’t need that (plus it’s cheaper). I can just use scissors.
Updated on 23rd September 2019:
The dental silk floss works like regular floss but… When I use regular floss, I would use it one more time (yes you can shout YUCK!) by washing it after every use because I am stingy. I do the same with the silk floss too, washing after every use and reuse it the next day and the next next day and the next next next. (YUCK!) I’m curious, do any of you do this too? 😛 Anyway, the thing with silk floss is they will fray or snap with multiple uses. And after that flossing is not as smooth as before as I suspect the beeswax plays a part too. Sometimes because of that, there are remnants of the silk stuck between my teeth. LOL. It happened quite frequently at one point. I panicked initially but got used to it because I knew the silk can be removed, besides it’s natural. More importantly, it’s due to the way I floss my teeth. Since flossing correctly, no more silk get stuck between my teeth.
I bought a new silk floss (same) from the shop I bought the toothbrush. Haven’t started using it as I still have some left from the first one. The shop sells cheaper by RM1 at RM12. As I’m still using the first silk floss after a year and 3 months, I can say that my purchase is justified. Will update again when I finally finished using it.
Updated on 19 February 2020:
Finally finished using my first dental silk floss on 9th February 2020 after about 1 year and 8 months. Although the 2nd silk floss is from the same brand, the floss quality is not as good as before because it’s not as smooth when flossing (got stuck between my teeth quite frequently) and I can only reuse it at least twice only. I suspect the beeswax application on the floss is very minimal. Let’s see how long this new silk floss will last.
As you can see both packagings are eco-friendly too. Feels great to do a small part in lessening earth’s burden.
Tsk, I still rely on the interdental brush (plastic).
Will make the change once they run out. Couldn’t find a better replacement, so I’m still using a plastic interdental brush.
Tsk tsk again, I’ve been using my own homemade natural toothpaste (no more fluoride!) since last year June.