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Tag Archives: Hygiene

Hygienna Solo Is The Go-Everywhere Bidet

By David Ponce

Bidets. They often inspire fear and confusion amongst North-Americans that travel to Europe or the Middle-East. What’s supposed to happen? Water shoots up at us from below? It… washes us? Is it cold? Do you then wipe? What’s going on? But these fears should not be; bidets are great for hygiene and those that use them find the rest of us quite funny. And the bidet aficionados will be positively thrilled at the idea of the Hygienna Solo, a plastic attachment that fits most water bottles and lets you stay clean even when visiting a filthy non-bidet toilet. It’s not battery powered, just squeeze the bottle and let the stream do its business. And then… well, this editor doesn’t know as he’s one of the non-initiated. Still, if your boat will float, it’s $10.

[ Product Page (Caution: auto-playing video) ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Toothbrush Informs Your Of Your Brushing Habits Via Bluetooth

By David Ponce

Since accelerometer chips have become ubiquitous, we are finding them just about everywhere from cellphones to fitness tracking devices (like the Fitbit) and now you can add the Beam Brush to the list. We’re finding the idea behind this one rather interesting. The device will connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and inform you of when and for how long you brushed. Perhaps the idea is to shame you in having better dental hygiene or to simply help you maintain your already good habits. The associated app will give you rewards for keeping your goals and even generate little graphs with your brushing history. The brush itself is not motorized. And despite it being pictured in awful CG rendering, the Beam Brush should be on the market next month for $50 with replaceable heads at $3 a pop.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ MedGadget ]

Philips Sonicare AirFloss Uses Just A Teaspoon Of Water To Clean Your Entire Mouth

Philips Sonicare AirFloss (Image courtesy Philips)
By Andrew Liszewski

In addition to the Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush they announced a while ago, Philips also revealed a new alternative to the traditional waterpik flossing (or interdental) system called the AirFloss. Deep down we all know we should be flossing our teeth every day to clean places our brushes can’t reach, but dental floss isn’t always the easiest tool for the job. And everyone knows that ease of use makes a big difference.

So the AirFloss is roughly the size of your standard electric toothbrush, a much improved design over the waterpik which usually requires a fairly hefty reservoir of water sitting on your bathroom counter. And instead of requiring gallons of water to clean your mouth, the AirFloss uses just a single teaspoon of water for two one-minute cleaning sessions. Meaning the unit, including its reservoir, can be completely self contained. By blasting the spaces between your teeth with a mix of air and water droplets traveling at speeds of up to 45mph, the AirFloss is not only easier to use than string floss, but apparently far more effective. At ~$90 it’s unfortunately quite a bit more expensive than a spool of floss, but what good is going the cheaper route if you never actually end up using it?

[ Philips Sonicare AirFloss ]

Cedes Toothpaste Squeezer Expensively Solves Your First World Problem

By David Ponce

So that’s $300 for a fancy chrome plated contraption to squeeze every last drop of toothpaste out of the tube. You know you need this because it’s: 1) Made in Italy. 2) Handcrafted. 3) Has a base made of Perspex (what the heck is that?). 4) Will one-up your friends in a way that’s always made you such a lovable character.

You could of course accomplish the same thing with this inexpensive looking alternative but that would inevitably kick your pompous factor down a few notches.

By the way, could we interest you in some $2,800 headphones?

[ Cedes Toothpaste Squeezer ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Tube Squeezing Toothbrush Seems Pretty Obvious

Tube Squeezing Toothbrush (Images courtesy Catherine Werdel)
By Andrew Liszewski

What’s most surprising about Catherine Werdel’s tube squeezing toothbrush design isn’t that it took so long for someone to come up with such a simple solution, but the fact that it still hasn’t been made a reality. Well, I guess it’s not that surprising. The two largest toothbrush manufacturers here in North America, Colgate & Oral-B (Crest), both also make toothpaste. So helping consumers get every last drop out of a tube is only going to hinder their sales. Clearly a conspiracy. So until some third-party brush maker steps in to shake up the industry, you’re probably better off just taking a router to your toothbrush and cutting your own groove in it.

[ Tube Squeezing Toothbrush ] VIA [ Fancy ]

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush Charges In A Usable Drinking Glass

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush (Image courtesy Philips)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not sure if ‘bathroom counter aesthetics’ is a real roadblock when it comes to people choosing to use or not use an electric toothbrush. But I have to admit, many of the rechargeable options I’ve seen have base stations that end up needing a good chunk of counter space. Philips’ new DiamondClean electric toothbrush solves this in a unique way.

First of all it can be charged via USB while in its included travel case, making it ideal for use at home or abroad. But what we like most is that the charging base station for home use looks like a regular drinking glass. In fact, it can even be used for drinking or rinsing. So I’m assuming a clever decision to use inductive charging plays a big part in making this possible. And like previous Sonicare models, the new DiamondClean features multiple modes for different levels of cleaning (Clean, White, Polish, Gum Care and Sensitive) as well as timers and indicators helping you develop an effective brushing routine. The downside? You’ll be dropping close to $410 (£250) on a toothbrush.

*Update: Sources in the know have told us that the £250 price point we originally reported was incorrect. The DiamondClean will actually sell for $220 in the U.S. A bit more reasonable, but still keeping it on the high end of electric toothbrushes.

[ Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush ] VIA [ The Telegraph ]

You Only Need To Brush Once A Day With The Misoka Toothbrush

Misoka Toothbrush (Image courtesy DigInfo TV)
By Andrew Liszewski

Ideally we should all be brushing our teeth after every meal, not just at the beginning and end of the day. But slipping away to brush at work or when we’re away from home isn’t always convenient or practical, so a Japanese company called Yumeshokunin has developed the Misoka toothbrush which they claim only needs to be used once in the morning.

So how do you avoid tooth-rot with such a lackadaisical approach to oral hygiene? Well the tips of the bristles are coated with a specially developed nanomineral coating that serves to make the surface of your teeth hydrophilic after brushing. So the saliva in your mouth tends to stick to your teeth, making it difficult for dirt and other materials to cling to their surface. As a result not only do your teeth stay clean all day, but your mouth as well reducing the bad breath typically associated with a lack of brushing.

[ DigInfo TV - isoka Toothbrush With A Nanomineral Coating ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

Dear Everywhere With A Public Bathroom: Please Install A Toepener On Every Door

Toepener (Images courtesy Forge LLC)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s a ridiculously simple idea, and one that seems totally obvious now, but for some reason it’s taken until the year 2011 for mankind to come up with the Toepener. It’s nothing more than an extra handle that sits at ground level allowing you to open a door with your feet. Besides the obvious health benefits of being installed on a public bathroom door saving you from having to touch a germ-ridden handle with your bare hands, the Toepener looks like it would also make doors easier to open when your hands are full. And it’s just $49.95, so really no public facility has an excuse not to install these.

[ Toepener ] VIA [ Neatorama ]

$70 Klhip Ultimate Nail Clipper Now Available

Klhip Ultimate Nail Clipper (Images courtesy Klhip)
By Andrew Liszewski

I find it hard to justify the cost of even the cheapest of nail clippers when I have a set of perfectly good teeth always available, but for some reason I find myself drawn to the Klhip with its high-tech looking “falling rate cam” design which puts the pressure directly over the nail. The matte finish surgical-grade stainless steel looks pretty futuristic too, and apparently the use of a single cutting blade results in cleaner nail cuts that don’t even need to be filed afterwards. It even comes with a lifetime warranty which normally I would consider above and beyond the call of duty, except for the fact that the Klhip will set you back $70, or $95 if you opt for the fancy leather carrying case.

[ Klhip Ultimate Nail Clipper ]