Thursday, November 29, 2012

who's laughing NOW? (my adventures in toilet-brush shopping)


A couple of weeks ago,* as I meandered down the aisles of the Container Store, I tweeted that I was "really having trouble pulling the trigger on a toilet brush."

Everyone laughed at me. They told me I was overthinking it. They told me to go to Ikea. They told me "NO ONE LOOKS BEHIND THE TOILET."

I meant to go to Ikea. I really did. But WHO WANTS TO GO TO IKEA? Just to get a toilet brush??

I considered this quirky number..... But for $55? I couldn't pull the trigger. Then I moved on to this sleeker idea for $49. But you really would want the matching plunger. For $53? Even I couldn't pay $53 for a plunger.

And then cevd posted a link to MY DREAM TOILET BRUSH. Galvanized metal holder, oiled beachwood handle, made in Germany. $34!

Who's laughing now?? is all I'm saying.
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*Okay, six weeks ago. And yes, we have been without a toilet brush for 6+ weeks. Try not to think about it.

39 comments:

  1. goddamn you...now i'm about to buy a $34 toilet brush...

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  2. Hmm, we just keep our (cheap IKEA) toilet brush in the linen closet, so I can't say I care too much about that one. I did, however, find my DREAM CAN OPENER yesterday and will be asking for it for Christmas.

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  3. It's a beautiful piece of art:) haha! The details are what makes a truly awesome home. . .especially a small one!

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  4. i've never once used a toilet brush... besides cleaning (use a gallon of bleach & no scrubbing needed) i'm trying not to think of WHY one would need one so often??

    also, please tell me you won't display the poop-laden brush upwards like in the photo

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    1. What do you mean, "besides cleaning?" A toilet brush isn't used for any other weird reasons. It cleans. Poop.

      Plus, "a gallon of bleach" to clean a toilet seems a tad wasteful and toxic.

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    2. not to sound like some new age hippie, anon, because i'm really not, but bleach (especially that much bleach) is SO BAD FOR YOU.

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    3. I'm totally with you on the bleach thing. We switched to Method products about a year ago and haven't looked back. Their toilet cleaner is phosphate-free and completely non-toxic. And I've just read this comment back to myself and am now wondering when I turned into the kind of person who gets all excited about cleaning products.

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    4. I'm pretty sure "a gallon of bleach" was not literal. You guys are hilarious.

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  5. wow. how did i not know this store existed! in love. and now i want a tambourine!

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  6. I love it when you post products. It puts so many fantastic shops on my radar. Thanks!

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  7. Am I about to be pilloried as an earth-hater for admitting that I prefer to own a cheap toilet brush, hidden behind the pot, so I can throw it out every few years to start fresh and clean?

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    1. Me too. It's for cleaning poop. Nuff said.

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    2. Nope. Same here.

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  8. i debated on whether or not to keep this one a secret. i am very happy for you and your fab new toilet brush, and cevd really SHOULD own that sweater, but GODDAMN please nobody buy my blanket before i can get to it and they sell out. WAAAH.

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  9. Eh. The watering can design feels Pottery Barn to me.

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  10. vaguely related: i lost our plunger each of like the last three times we moved, and after each move we had a horrible plumbing emergency which required a plunger ASAP (cheap plumbing, we're not weird bathroom vikings). so i've done the vaguely lewd miming-the-need-for-a-plunger charades routine for non-english-speaking minimart employees in three different neighborhoods in this great city.

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    1. the best part about plunger-shopping at the bodega is: you have ONE choice.

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  11. it's beautiful. And now sold out :(

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    1. SHIT I DIDN'T BUY ONE YET






      i am such a dumbass

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  12. I really, really hope that it fits in the jug brush-side-down, otherwise: EWWWW.

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  13. Also, isn't a bit 2008 Weddings? You know, with the enamel jug thing?

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  14. Ikea don't pay their taxes.

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  15. Can you just buy an enamel water pitcher at a junkshop and a toilet brush at the hardware store?

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  16. I saw a toilet brush on sale for $3.68 at Walmart last night. I was *this close* to Instagramming it and tagging @eastsidebride. :)

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  17. maybe try less fiber

    (=less skid marks)

    c'mon.

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  19. MAS did not comment. He did however leave himself signed into my computer. Oops.

    ANYWAY ... I still stand behind the purchasing of shitty toilet brushes because NO ONE SEES THEM, but when you come across something like this you should buy it ... preferably before you post about it. Also you $55 Alessi choice was just weird.

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    1. that link on ppp was just for me, wasn't it?

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  20. Oh my goodness, I totally feel you. I went plunger and toilet brush shopping with my husband a few weeks ago and he did not get it at all.

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  21. I can't believe you are considering spending $34 on a toilet brush. Toilet brushes don't have to be cool. Buy one at Home Goods and call it a day.

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    1. like i want home decor advice from someone named "junkshow."

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  22. saw this today & thought of you, this post, & your conundrum!

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