Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pioneer hygiene

I ran out of toothpaste this morning.

I was in Laramie, getting ready for Linds H.'s baby shower and I used the very last drop of my Crest Whitening with Scope - which I am a devoted consumer of beyond any other brand out there.

"Don't forget to get more when you get into Cheyenne," I told myself.

I forgot.

Unfortunately, I didn't realize this until about 30 minutes ago when I was on the phone with my mom. This was at about 8:15 p.m. with me already in my PJs and no desire to go back out. (I agree, PJs at 8:15 p.m. is pretty lame, but I am really tired after not sleeping well last night!)


Without skipping a beat, my mom asked if I had any baking soda.

I do, and as unappealing as it sounded to concoct my own toothpaste out of baking soda, I wondered to myself how I had never thought to do this before.

I mean, I don't frequently run out of toothpaste or anything, but on the occasions I have I usually just brush my teeth with mouthwash and go immediately to the store the next morning. Using baking soda had never crossed my mind.

I decided to use mouthwash to mix it up instead of plain ol' water - maybe it would be more like real toothpaste and less...gross.

It was a good idea. There is a reason I am not an Arm & Hammer or Tom's natural toothpaste kind of gal.

It sucks.

But I made do, like I imagine pioneer women of the past did, and brushed it up.

Tomorrow it's back to Crest Whitening with Scope. All the way.


MOM said...

Ahhh, yes, the good 'ole remedies, sometimes. I guess it depends on which remedies. Some could probably kill 'ya now:) Baking soda is a miracle ingredient, I think. Just think, Kimberly, you can use it on car batteries to clean off the acid, too. haha. I just had to throw that in there.

icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo said...


I don't know if this is true or not (it doesn't seem like it could be) but I remember reading that if you didn't have a toothbrush that you should eat an apple. And the apple would help your teeth.

hahah...nevermind... that's just totally ridiculous.