Products

Not products I’ve made or anything like that, but life-changing products I swear I will never stop using-  unless they get discontinued.  (Then I will be starting petitions.) Almost all of these are personal hygiene… I like being clean and not gross, but I want to do it as easily as possible in as little time as possible.  Unfortunately, sometimes being not gross involves doing something gross. Starting out with the only non-hygiene entry:

Silent Spinner

made by Pets International, Ltd. Silent Spinner These things are truly silent.  (I’m not counting the “tappa tappa” of running feet.)  No oiling ever.  You can find them tons of online stores and in a lot of pet stores. After years of use, they will rattle a bit but only where the “color” plastic part attaches to the disk base.  This can easily be fixed with a bit of candle wax.  Now if I could only get rid of the other animal sounds…

And into the hygiene products, starting with the least creepy:

Flossbrush

made by GUM (if the link’s not working, it’s not because of me -it’s the site listed on the package even) flosbrush These things are hard to find. Why? Because you won’t need a new one for months. Apparently since no one needs to buy them, stores assume no one likes them and pull them from their inventory. I’ve never been a flossing person.  I hate getting my hands back to my molars.  I hate having the blood circulation cut off in my fingers.  I hate having to rewind floss.  I hate disposable floss with their awful design that only lets you floss 2-3 teeth before it breaks or gets too loose. This thing, however, is awesome.  It’s easy to get to your back molars, no fingers are involved, floss can be tightened by pulling the tail at bit, and it’s easy to replace the floss.  One will last  me for months and months.  (So I only floss once a day, better than never!)  I may feel silly buying floss on eBay, but if it’ll get me a new round of flosbrushes (at the best price,) I’ll do it.

the Tongue Cleaner (TM)

made by Pureline Oralcare, Inc. tongue cleaner I’m going to swipe my own review from Amazon:

I gotta say I picked this up years after seeing a commercial on TV. I’ve tried another brand which was too flexible to actually get off much plaque/grody stuff. This is hard plastic which doesn’t need to be replaced and for $4 for a ‘life-long’ product a great buy. Cleaning my tongue with a brush makes me gag on occasion, but I never have that problem with this product, for some reason. I don’t know how much “health benefit” there ‘really’ is to cleaning the plaque off your tongue, but it sure makes me feel better once it’s off. It’s amazing(ly gross) how much gunk can be on your tongue.I gotta say I picked this up years after seeing a commercial on TV. I’ve tried another brand which was too flexible to actually get off much plaque/grody stuff. This is hard plastic which doesn’t need to be replaced and for $4 for a ‘life-long’ product a great buy. Cleaning my tongue with a brush makes me gag on occasion, but I never have that problem with this product, for some reason. I don’t know how much “health benefit” there ‘really’ is to cleaning the plaque off your tongue, but it sure makes me feel better once it’s off. It’s amazing(ly gross) how much gunk can be on your tongue.

I have so many allergies that I’m forced to sleep with my mouth open. Perhaps this results in a greater amount of tongue scuz than the normal person may have, but this is still an awesome product.

Diva Cup

made by Diva International Diva Cup If you use tampons instead of pads, you must switch immediately.  If you like pads, you should probably give this a try.  If for some reason you refuse to or cannot use a tampon, this will never be the product for you. Rather than go into massive detail, I will list the reasons why the Diva Cup is the best thing ever and makes my life infinitely more awesome in no particular order:

  • no leaks, EVER (After I have gotten used to putting it in, I have never had a leak, even if I’ve forgotten to change it as often as I should have been.)
  • you totally don’t feel it once it’s in (Make sure to trim the stem at the bottom if it bothers you.)- pretty much same as a tampon in that regard
  • no “ouch, DRY cotton”  feeling
  • SO MUCH space under the bathroom counter!  (no box of tampons, no bag of pads)
  • never need to make sure you have supplies
  • easier to pack for trips, especially if you’re not sure “what time of the month” it is for you

Of course there are many other good reasons like “saves money over the long term,” “less waste in landfills,” “good for developing countries,” or “*insert altruistic reason here*.”  However, you can be a selfish jerk like me and still think it’s awesome

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Nasaline- the nasal irrigator

made by Squip, Inc. Nasaline For those who don’t have allergies, you will think “Flush water through my nose? No way!”  For those of with allergies, we think “dOh maa gaawd, annnyding ta stap the pein” (that is if we thought like we speak durring allergy season.) There reaches a point where mucus totally covers the sinuses and no nasal medications can help.  This will clear them off to get them working.  I have never been able to get a nasal medication to work until I’ve used it after rinsing off my sinuses first.  That said, when it’s not the height of allergy season, I am quite happy to just use Nasaline from time to time along with Claratin to keep myself clear. There are also times when you start sneezing and blowing your nose, then blowing your nose more, then blowing your nose even more than that- which continues exponentially.   You can actually stop this cycle in its tracks if you get rid of the allergens in your sinus quickly enough.  Once you get too congested, even Nasaline can’t help, but if you know your symptoms and yourself well enough, you will know when you need to use it. I have staved off mucus stagnation that leads to sinus infections with this product.  I’ve actually had a minor infection that was able to resolve itself in a day after cleaning out my sinuses.  I don’t need to talk about doctor’s bills and appointment and medicine costs… I will say it has saved me a lot of misery- which, forgive me, seems more important than money during the spring. You may ask “why not the neti pot?”   The main difference is that the neti pot is gravity powered – which creates problems this product does not have.  I do not have to contort to use Nasaline.  I do not have to wait minutes versus seconds for all the saline to go through my sinuses.  I do not have any saline wash into my tear ducts.  I do not have any saline run into my throat.  I do not feel like I am drowning in a pool.   I get more mucus out faster with less effort and in less time.  All in all,  it’s hands-down Nasaline- with no contest.

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