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bryn



Joined: 22 Jul 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 07 11:07 pm    Post subject: Miswak 'Toothbrush'  Reply with quote    

Hello downsizers.

I'm wondering if anyone out there can help me with a little problem i've been having. I've decided to give up landfill ( http://forum.downsizer.net/about24291.html) and have encountered a little problem. Toothbrushes.

I've discovered the miswak toothbrush, which is a wooden alternative to your average plastic western brush. It seems to be used by a large part of the world and be pretty sound BUT i can't seem to buy ones not in plastic packaging. Anyone know where i can get one?

Help!

Thanks very much.

Bryn

Brynfogden@hotmail.com
www.nilrubbish.blogspot.com

sally_in_wales
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Joined: 06 Mar 2005
Posts: 20809
Location: sunny wales
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 07 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you don't have much luck in this country I can put you in touch with a friend of mine who is an incense dealer and buys his supplies in bulk direct from the producers in the midle east. I'm sure he could source you some next time he travels to the right area

mimborin



Joined: 24 Oct 2006
Posts: 895
Location: near Southampton/ Winchester (Romsey)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 07 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have you tried local islamic communities, if you know of any near you?

Or try making your own? I know Peelu is traditionally used but I don't think it has to be the case. I think Walnut wood can also be used, and probably other native woods work as well.

marigold



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
Posts: 12458
Location: West Sussex
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 07 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Grow your own?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 07 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mimborin wrote:
Have you tried local islamic communities, if you know of any near you?


Yup, you'll find em for sale in loads of places. I've never been able to get on with them, I now use Lavera(??) toothbrushes with replaceable heads.

bryn



Joined: 22 Jul 2007
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 07 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hey guys. Thanks for your help, i might have a go at Walnut.
and i really appreciate your offer Sally but i think i can source them from a friend if i fall out with walnut.

Ta

Bryn

mimborin



Joined: 24 Oct 2006
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Location: near Southampton/ Winchester (Romsey)
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 07 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It says here in the first paragraph about other woods that can be used:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miswak

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