Here’s another great household hack you may not have heard of or tried yet, the old brush your teeth in the shower trick.
Not only does this hack save you time it can save you water too with one hand brushing and the other taking care of the business of washing your parts.
It doesn’t take much planning to pull this hack off as the only tools you need are;
- A toothbrush
- Tube of toothpaste
- A shower shelf for the toothbrush and toothpaste
- Permission from you partner or your Mum to be able to brush your teeth in there
So many of us use a toothbrush, but do you know about the history of our bristled bathroom buddy?
We’re guessing not, so here is a little history lesson for you.
The ancient Egyptians used twigs as toothbrushes originally as early as 3000 B.C. Many other cultures followed suit cleaning their teeth with twigs also, this included the Greeks, Romans, Arabs and also Indians too.
The modern day toothbrush started its development in England around 1780 with the man William Addis (who was in jail at the time) who drilled holes into a sheep tibia and then pulled boar hair through the holes to create bristles and used this to clean his teeth.
Brushing your teeth wasn’t a widespread habit in many countries until after the Second World War where many soldiers were required to brush their teeth during service and so, brought the habit home with them much to the delight of toothbrush and toothpaste companies of the time.
Boar bristles were still used until nylon bristles were introduced by the American company Dupont de Nemours in 1938 and from there the humble toothbrush has kept on evolving into what we see on TV ads now with a Dentist that has his back to us throughout.
Also we must add in finishing this toothbrush history lesson, one of the first electric toothbrushes released was in 1960 and it was called Broxodent.
Now onto the toothbrushes partner in crime, toothpaste.
Having a toothbrush without toothpaste is like having the cart before the horse, the motor before the boat or having Super Cubes without a blender (in saying that we have heard of people having a nibble on the cubes on hot summer days).
But this seems to be the case with the Egyptians having a tooth powder made of ox hooves, myrrh, burnt and powdered egg shells and pumice that they thought they used to rub into their teeth with their fingers or rub it in with rags.
After this the Romans and Greeks upped the ante and added in oyster shells and crushed bones too.
In the 19th century throughout Britain tooth powders that were made to be used with toothbrushes started to gain popularity, but again these were slightly different than the toothpaste of today as they contained brick, chalk and salt as some of the ingredients.
The modern day toothpaste tube and also the ingredient base started to take shape after Doctor Washington Sheffield’s son travelled to Paris and saw artists using paint from tubes and so the Colgate company, in 1896, started putting their Dental Cream into collapsible tubes.
From that point on there has been many other advancements in toothpaste in regards to packaging and more importantly ingredients too.
Now onto what you came here for, how much time will you save if you brush your teeth in the shower?
Time saved by brushing your teeth in the shower
We are sure If you have kids you’ve had this argument in-house about the correct length of time that’s needed to brush your teeth properly.
After extensive research (also asking our mum’s) we have come up with the 2-minute time mark for brushing.
We also needed to take into account pick up, lid opening and closing and the squeeze time (which also can vary due to variations in toothpaste tube emptiness, squeeze from the bottom or top etc.) so we asked around the office and friends and come up with an average time of 30 seconds for these sundry tasks.
So a grand total of 2 minutes and 30 seconds on average you could save at least by brushing your teeth in the shower if you incorporate the task into your normal showering routine.
Again, you have to take into account if you’re allowed to brush your teeth in the shower, also your own brush time, and of course if you brush once or twice a day in the shower, before you can work out your own calculations of the below.
But for now, we have calculated the times you will save daily using 2 minutes and 30 seconds and only having one shower a day on non-training days and two showers on exercise days (4 days a week).
Daily = 2.5 minutes saved daily on non-training days and 5 minutes saved on training days
Weekly = 27.5 minutes saved weekly
Monthly (based on a 4 week month) = 110 minutes saved a month
Yearly = 1,320 minutes or 22 hours saved in a year
With the extra 1,320 minutes you save a year you could use this time very wisely indeed.
You could run 5.49 marathons if you are male or 4.92 marathons if you are female based on Australian Marathon Statistics.
As an alternative, if you like listening to music you could listen to Eye of the Tiger by Survivor around 324.59 times or All the Single Ladies 410.36 times using your saved time.
If you wanted to be really creative, you could actually combine both of the above for ultimate time usage!
Either way, brushing your teeth in the shower can save you time in your day, months and year.
Just like using Super Cubes can save you time through your day too.
Food for thought.