For many, it’s an everyday household item that offers pearly white smiles and refreshing breath after a long night’s sleep or that third cup of coffee.
For parents, however, it’s the weapon with which their children are slowly crushing their souls one careless toothpaste application at a time.
Why are children unable to apply toothpaste onto a toothbrush and then put that toothbrush in their mouths and move it around without making a mess?
How does toothpaste end up in every corner of my home except for on the actual toothbrush for which it was intended?
You are probably thinking, Probably because you have not taught them how to do it the right way, ya lazy bum!
Listen, people. I have tried. We have had countless lessons on proper toothpaste application and acceptable brushing skills in this home. Toothpaste 101, if you will.
And allow me to point out that my husband and I have been successful in teaching my children a number of other valuable life skills such as how to use a toilet, how to swim, how to ride a bike without training wheels, how to dress themselves and how to tie their shoes.
These are intelligent, kind children who are heavily involved in church, sports and make the honor roll at school.
But putting a blob of paste neatly onto a brush?
The places in which I,ve found toothpaste in my home are RIDICULOUS.
I started keeping a photo log about 8 months ago to one day prove to the world that I am not over exaggerating.
I would like to share them with you now. Enjoy!
On the light switch
Clearly someone did not rinse off their hands before turning off the light.
Dripping Down the Wall
How does this even happen?!
Dripping Down my Daughter’s Bed Frame
Interesting. Very Interesting.
On the Couch
For the love of Pete.
The Bedspread on our Disney Cruise
We can’t even escape haphazard toothpaste applications while on vacation.
On a Hand Towel
That’s a large blob for a small hand towel.
On a Bath Robe
No doubt they were using it as a hand towel.
On the Floor
Ya know, so everyone can step in it and smear it to other areas of the house for good measure.
On the Rim of the Toilet
Disgusting. Just disgusting.
On the Door Frame
There are no words.
All up in the Sink
Because turning on the water to rinse it off was just too hard. Bless their hearts.
All Over the Counter
I mean, this one is kind of expected, right?
On the Dog’s Head
Now it’s getting good. I mean, seriously people. Poor pup.
On My Fuzzy White House Coat
Super attractive, I know. But I love it. It has pockets!
Please note the fuzzy socks, too. My husband couldn’t be happier.
On Christmas Decorations
This one is my personal favorite. Whatever, man. And Merry Christmas.
Not pictured (yet) but certainly worth a shout out are the bathroom mirrors! When my kids go to spit after brushing, they “decorate” the mirrors with toothpaste in such a way that pays great homage to the late artist, Jackson Pollock.
Also deserving of an honorable mention are all the doorknobs in our house. Certainly you didn’t think I’d forgotten about those sticky little buggers!
I am going to start praying for the future spouses of my children that they may be filled with patience over this messy toothpaste situation.
Hopefully they get their act together by then, right?!
Gosh… I really hope I’m right. Until then, I’ll keep taking deep breaths and stocking up on Windex and Clorox wipes.
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Is there anyone else out there who has this same thing happening in their home? I’d love to know the crazy places you’ve found toothpaste around the house.