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(Slate)   Examining one of life's greatest mysteries: why hotels provide shampoos, soaps, mouthwash, and tissue but don't bother with complimentary toothpaste   (slate.com ) divider line
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2013-07-05 07:06:44 PM  
They do if you ask
 
2013-07-05 07:06:48 PM  
They probably don't make them small enough to be cost effective. Either that or they are afraid of a mnassive toothpaste fight in the hallways.
 
2013-07-05 07:07:11 PM  
They also provide us lots of toilet paper, but enough about the Gideons Bible.
 
2013-07-05 07:07:13 PM  
The past several I stayed in did. Maybe subby needs to go to nicer hotels?
 
2013-07-05 07:10:35 PM  
Fun fact: toothpaste is perfect drywall repair spackle on the last day of your lease.
 
2013-07-05 07:10:50 PM  
They do.  They even provide toothbrushes.  You just have to ask for them.
 
2013-07-05 07:12:12 PM  
Hyatt hotels automatically provide toothpaste, but they're the only ones I've seen do that.
 
2013-07-05 07:12:57 PM  
You know what would be awesome? A liquid that could be used as soap, shampoo and toothpaste.
 
2013-07-05 07:13:13 PM  
Free blood stains on the ceiling too, sometimes.
I prefer to stay in the elevator, nobody notices if you never get out at a floor, I fall asleep eventually and don't have to worry about invisible jizz all over the headboard, because there isn't one.
/only when I'm in a Marriott, they have the best elevators.
 
2013-07-05 07:13:21 PM  
I only stay at hotels that provide complimentary artisanal swine bristle toothbrushes.
 
2013-07-05 07:13:56 PM  
I know why they provide tissue.
 
2013-07-05 07:14:38 PM  

rkiller1: Fun fact: toothpaste is perfect drywall repair spackle on the last day of your lease.


Wrong.

You have to spackle as you go, because no paint on your walls will ever be as white as the titanium dioxide in the toothpaste. It needs time to get dirty to match the rest of the wall. Apartment walls are always off-white.

(Apartment managers also use this spackling technique BEFORE you sign your lease, so sometimes the joke is on you.)
 
2013-07-05 07:14:43 PM  
Hidden in the article, the thing about prisoners not getting toothpaste is a bunch of BS.  We now know bad dental health causes all sorts of diseases.  They need to find a way to get prisoners brushing their teeth.  I know the risks of toothpaste and brushes in the population, but perhaps something like a dispenser in the showers or disposable brushes with toothpaste in the brush (these really exist) or some other creative solution would work.
 
2013-07-05 07:15:20 PM  

Spotticus: They do.  They even provide toothbrushes.  You just have to ask for them.


"You know how I know you didn't read the article?"
 
2013-07-05 07:16:06 PM  

CruJones: They do if you ask


In every hotel I've EVER stayed at, there was a little one off toothpaste with the toothbrush.
 
2013-07-05 07:16:22 PM  
The last hotel I stayed in provided this cute little micro-tube, good for about 2~3 uses. This "no toothpaste" thing must be a North American phenomenon.
 
2013-07-05 07:16:25 PM  

whatshisname: I only stay at hotels that provide complimentary artisanal swine bristle toothbrushes.


Which hotels have those? Nevermind, I probably never heard of them.
 
2013-07-05 07:16:27 PM  
It's bad enough the dentists load me up with those little toothpaste-tube samples that I end up throwing under the bathroom sink and forgetting about (along with a bin full of hotel soaps and shampoos).
 
2013-07-05 07:17:14 PM  

12349876: Hidden in the article, the thing about prisoners not getting toothpaste is a bunch of BS.  We now know bad dental health causes all sorts of diseases.  They need to find a way to get prisoners brushing their teeth.  I know the risks of toothpaste and brushes in the population, but perhaps something like a dispenser in the showers or disposable brushes with toothpaste in the brush (these really exist) or some other creative solution would work.


Men who like prison floss in each other's salad bowl all night, every night.
 
2013-07-05 07:19:26 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: You know what would be awesome? A liquid that could be used as soap, shampoo and toothpaste.


Dr. Bronner's magic peppermint liquid soap. When my dad was young, the 18 listed uses included as a toothpaste, but they've since taken that off the label.
 
2013-07-05 07:20:04 PM  

12349876: Hidden in the article, the thing about prisoners not getting toothpaste is a bunch of BS.  We now know bad dental health causes all sorts of diseases.  They need to find a way to get prisoners brushing their teeth.  I know the risks of toothpaste and brushes in the population, but perhaps something like a dispenser in the showers or disposable brushes with toothpaste in the brush (these really exist) or some other creative solution would work.


On the plus side- they aren't sitting around eating sugary crap all day so not brushing their teeth now and then isn't going to kill them.
 
2013-07-05 07:21:14 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: You know what would be awesome? A liquid that could be used as soap, shampoo and toothpaste.


Try Irish Spring soap. Although, I may be partial to it, since that's what my parents used to wash my mouth out when I was a child. So you may not like it. But it appears effective.
 
2013-07-05 07:21:37 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: You know what would be awesome? A liquid that could be used as soap, shampoo and toothpaste.


Baking soda
 
2013-07-05 07:22:39 PM  

aagrajag: The last hotel I stayed in provided this cute little micro-tube, good for about 2~3 uses. This "no toothpaste" thing must be a North American phenomenon.


It is, toothbrushes and toothpaste are generally available at the front desk, but not stocked in the room with the soaps.  Some hotels have started Hyatt was mentioned in the article, and I know a LaQuinta I stayed in recently had 2 disposable prepasted toothbrushes in the room.  They also had a keg of free bud light between 4 and 7.
 
2013-07-05 07:22:44 PM  
To be fair, your stank ass sleeps in their bed, crawls in their shower, and sits on their toilet. Your stank-ass mouth doesn't necessarily touch the room all that much.
 
2013-07-05 07:23:22 PM  

precia: Popcorn Johnny: You know what would be awesome? A liquid that could be used as soap, shampoo and toothpaste.

Dr. Bronner's magic peppermint liquid soap. When my dad was young, the 18 listed uses included as a toothpaste, but they've since taken that off the label.


Baking soda might fit the bill- other than that, the only universal cleaning liquid I can think of would be water.
 
2013-07-05 07:23:24 PM  

MBZ321: It's bad enough the dentists load me up with those little toothpaste-tube samples that I end up throwing under the bathroom sink and forgetting about (along with a bin full of hotel soaps and shampoos).


Give them to your local women's center or homeless shelter. They probably need them more than you do.
 
2013-07-05 07:25:04 PM  
I hate that road grit soap they provide...who wants scratchy soap.
 
2013-07-05 07:25:09 PM  
even if they did supply toothpaste what the hell would you put it on?  your dick?
 
2013-07-05 07:25:54 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: rkiller1: Fun fact: toothpaste is perfect drywall repair spackle on the last day of your lease.

Wrong.

You have to spackle as you go, because no paint on your walls will ever be as white as the titanium dioxide in the toothpaste. It needs time to get dirty to match the rest of the wall. Apartment walls are always off-white.

(Apartment managers also use this spackling technique BEFORE you sign your lease, so sometimes the joke is on you.)


You're right, my walls are pretty dingy, that's why I smoosh in ambient wall dust.
 
2013-07-05 07:25:58 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: Popcorn Johnny: You know what would be awesome? A liquid that could be used as soap, shampoo and toothpaste.

Try Irish Spring soap. Although, I may be partial to it, since that's what my parents used to wash my mouth out when I was a child. So you may not like it. But it appears effective.


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-07-05 07:26:12 PM  
People brush their teeth when they travel?
 
2013-07-05 07:26:22 PM  
No shampoo at my Slice of Hell.
Drugstore is down the street.

/3 pages?
 
2013-07-05 07:26:49 PM  
I bet the guy who wrote that article is a laugh riot at parties. I bet he keeps 'em rollin' on the floor with his witty anecdotes about toothpaste.
 
2013-07-05 07:27:37 PM  

payattention: They probably don't make them small enough to be cost effective. Either that or they are afraid of a mnassive toothpaste fight in the hallways.


I've gotten both small tubes, and little two-hitter pouches.  Tiny little pack like the ones that hold two Advil, but you squeeze out toothpaste.    I never remember toothpaste, or I don't have a less than three ounce tube, so I always have to ask for some, and have never been turned down or charged.  And as someone mentioned, they usually have cheap toothbrushes with them.
 
2013-07-05 07:28:06 PM  
"Over the years I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap. Though my personal preference was for Lux, I found that Palmolive had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor - heavy, but with a touch of mellow smoothness. Life Buoy, on the other hand... YECCHH!"
- Ralphie in A Christmas Story
 
2013-07-05 07:28:18 PM  

Tom_Slick: aagrajag: The last hotel I stayed in provided this cute little micro-tube, good for about 2~3 uses. This "no toothpaste" thing must be a North American phenomenon.

It is, toothbrushes and toothpaste are generally available at the front desk, but not stocked in the room with the soaps.  Some hotels have started Hyatt was mentioned in the article, and I know a LaQuinta I stayed in recently had 2 disposable prepasted toothbrushes in the room.  They also had a keg of free bud light between 4 and 7.


You had your ducks in a row.
 
2013-07-05 07:28:49 PM  
I discovered that hotels also provide shaving razors if you ask for them.  I forgot mine on a several day business trip, and went down to the front desk to find out where the nearest place to buy one would be, and they just handed me a new one.
 
2013-07-05 07:29:08 PM  

payattention: They probably don't make them small enough to be cost effective. Either that or they are afraid of a mnassive toothpaste fight in the hallways.


What about the bathing caps?
 
2013-07-05 07:31:26 PM  
Technically correct. Toothpaste != Crest(r)-brand melted blobs of candy cane in a tube.
 
2013-07-05 07:31:26 PM  
I told the front desk my wife couldn't make it so they had the chambermaid give me a beej.
 
2013-07-05 07:32:17 PM  

Fano: payattention: They probably don't make them small enough to be cost effective. Either that or they are afraid of a mnassive toothpaste fight in the hallways.

What about the bathing caps?


Fear that there might be some tampering of the tube for the next guest to use?
 
2013-07-05 07:32:47 PM  

Spotticus: They do.  They even provide toothbrushes.  You just have to ask for them.


Yeah -this.  The thing is, most people prefer to use their own toothbrushes and toothpastes.  If you ask for a toothbrush, you're going to get a really cheap one.  I've used an electric toothbrush for a long time.  I buy Crest toothpaste.  I'm not sure it's any better than any other brand but when I buy it there's about a dozen different varieties available.  It makes me confused.    I wish they just sold one kind that would prevent cavities and give me fresh breath.  Crest would probably tell me they all do that.  I've had dentists even tell me it isn't so much what brand of toothpaste you use, it's just brushing your teeth that's important.

Slate is stupid too.  Soap and shampoo aren't easily transported especially since the ban on liquids over a certain size.  Soap is cheap and I don't really care what brand I use.

Toothpaste, however comes in packaging that keeps it from leaking everywhere.    I can't imagine having to pack soap or shampoo.  Both would require a zip-lock baggie.
 
2013-07-05 07:33:51 PM  

CruJones: They do if you ask


Over in one. And usually a toothbrush, too.
 
2013-07-05 07:35:16 PM  

Abox: I told the front desk my wife couldn't make it so they had the chambermaid give me a beej.


Did she take her teeth out?
 
2013-07-05 07:37:13 PM  
Wow that sure was a long FA about something that isn't a problem.
 
2013-07-05 07:37:36 PM  

Tom_Slick: Abox: I told the front desk my wife couldn't make it so they had the chambermaid give me a beej.

Did she take her teeth out?


She?
 
2013-07-05 07:38:13 PM  
It's pretty easy to bring along a little tube of toothpaste with your toothbrush. I also like bringing a full-sized bar of soap.
 
2013-07-05 07:40:19 PM  
Well, I'm sure it's f*cking fascinating, but I'm not going to read three pages about it
 
2013-07-05 07:42:02 PM  

CruJones: They do if you ask


Came to say this, but pretty much done in one. Yes, any decent hotel will. They'll give you toothbrushes, combs, and brushes free too if you ask because you forgot yours. They won't be super brand items (the toothpaste will be) but they work well enough.

/travel a lot for work
//some days you just forget stuff
 
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