Make Every Day Earth Day, Starting at the Bathroom Sink with Tom’s of Maine {Plus Mason Jar Storage Rack Tutorial}

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Earth Day falls on April 22nd this year, but there’s no reason we can’t celebrate all month long.  In fact it is so important that we begin making every day Earth Day.  This is the only Earth we have and I want to do what I can to protect it for future generations.  For that reason our family has begun taking steps to live a greener lifestyle.  One of my favorite ways we have chosen to be a tad greener is using cloth diapers.  Not only are they super cute, but we’re also sparing hundreds, if not thousands, of diapers from ending up in a landfill.  I will be the first to admit that living a more eco-friendly lifestyle can be a bit daunting.  But even changing small things makes a huge difference in the long run.  How about starting at the bathroom sink with Tom’s of Maine natural personal care and oral care products?

Tom's of Maine Personal Care

We actually started using Tom’s of Maine products about a year and a half ago.  At that time after some trial and error we realized that food dyes, red40 especially, were having very negative effects on our children.  Totally eliminating the dye from our home was a bit challenging at first because it is in so many things – including many brands of toothpaste.  And so I was absolutely delighted when I stumbled across Tom’s of Maine while shopping at Walmart.  All of their products are made with no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, or preservatives.  Our girls absolutely love the Silly Strawberry™ Fluoride Toothpaste and as you can see it is never a struggle to get them in the bathroom brushing their teeth.

Tom's of Maine Personal Care

Speaking of brushing those teeth… with six people in our house and a very small bathroom the miniscule amount of space near the sink faucet was constantly cluttered with toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes among other personal care necessities.  When the hubby and I first got married we had a beautiful porcelain toothbrush holder that matched our shower curtain… but kids happened… and porcelain things just don’t last around kids.  The porcelain lotion dispenser and trash can didn’t fair well either.  But back to getting our toothbrushes and toothpaste off the sink.  I had a few mason jars sitting around…. well maybe more than a few…. I kinda have a thing for mason jars.  Anyhow, I thought repurposing them into holders for our toothbrushes and toothpaste would not only look great, but would be a fun activity for Earth month.  It was super simple to make – check it out.

Mason Jar Storage Rack

Mason Jar Storage Rack 

You will need:  small piece of wood, 2 mason jars, 2 hose clamps, primer & paint or stain, sandpaper, 2 small screws, 2 long screws, drill, screwdriver.

Instructions:
1.)  I chose a piece of wood 3/4” thick and 3/5” wide then had a very nice employee at Home Depot cut it to 10” long for me.  Once I got it home I used the sand paper to round all the edges.
2.)  I then sprayed one coat of primer to cover the wood and once dry added one coat of paint.
3.)  Once dry I used the sand paper to scuff up the edges and a bit on the surface to give a more primitive vibe which is how the rest of our home is decorated.
4.)  Next we measured where the hose clamps should be attached so they would be evenly spaced.  Once those spaces were marked a drill was used to make pilot holes.
5.)  Two small screws were used to attach the hose clamps.  Next two long screws were used to hang on the wall.  The mason jars were then placed into the hose clamps.  So simple!

Mason Jar Storage Rack Tutorial

If you would prefer the toothbrushes to not touch each other simply punch some holes in a mason jar lid and screw on the top of one of the jars or use a longer board so that each person has their own jar.

Are you ready to take a baby step towards living a more eco-friendly life?  If so, the next time you need to pick up some toothpaste or deodorant give Tom’s of Maine a try.  You can find it in the personal care section at Walmart. Plus there are so many to choose from including Silly Strawberry™ Fluoride Toothpaste, Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste, Whole Care® Peppermint and Spearmint Fluoride Toothpaste, Unisex Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant, and more.  Oh and I can’t forget to mention this awesome coupon for $1 OFF any Tom’s of Maine product purchase at Walmart.

Tom's of Maine Personal Care

Using Tom’s of Maine toothpaste and deodorant is just one way our family makes natural choices in our quest to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.  I’d love to hear some things your family does too.

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28 Responses to Make Every Day Earth Day, Starting at the Bathroom Sink with Tom’s of Maine {Plus Mason Jar Storage Rack Tutorial}

  1. Jennifer says:

    These are great ideas! I think it’s so important to reuse and recycle whenever possible. I love the Mason Jars.

  2. Great ideas! Also, i need to pick up some of that toothpaste, I’m having a hard time finding a ‘taste’ that the kids won’t gag over.

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I love Toms of Maine. I have been using their toothpaste for years.

  4. I think it’s so important to reuse and recycle whenever possible. i use mason jars for everything. they make really great decorative centerpieces.

  5. Aimee Smith says:

    I have heard such great things about their toothpaste, I need to give it a try! Cute mason jar holders!

  6. Daisy says:

    I love your Mason Jar storage rack. That is too cute! I also have to try this Tom’s of Maine brand.

  7. Jesica H says:

    What a clever and cute idea!!! My toothbrushes always end up all over the place! Plus, I didn’ t know Tom’s sold other products, but their toothpaste is amazing!

  8. Chrysa says:

    Your storage rack looks so cool. I love crafts made with Mason jars.

  9. Amy says:

    I love Tom’s if Maine products so much! I can’t even switch to other brands!

  10. Liz Mays says:

    My kids would have loved the flavors of Tom’s of Maine. It would be an easy eco-friendly transition.

  11. Aubrey says:

    What a cute idea for the bathroom. I’ve seen the toothpaste, it looks like it tastes good.

  12. Vera Sweeney says:

    I love that this is an all natural tooth paste!! I love that wall hanging for the toothbrushes.

  13. I have been wanting to try some of these products! I saw them for sale at a local store in my town.

  14. Kristina says:

    I have never heard of Tom’s before, I am excited to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  15. The Mason jars are perfect as you can just take them out and wash them. There is never any doubt when they are dirty either. Tom’s of Maine is a great brand.

  16. I love the Toms of Main products. I use the toothpaste and the hand lotions are great.

  17. Dogvills says:

    I love those. It is such a fun way to get the tooth brushes off of the counters.

  18. One of my favorite brands. That mason jar storage idea is GENIUS! Thanks for sharing.

  19. lisa says:

    That’s a really neat way to hang the toothbrushes and toothpaste! Very cool!

  20. Dee Mauser says:

    What a great idea! This would definitely prevent the loss of toothbrushes in my home.

  21. Ashley says:

    ive never used Toms of Maine but I’ve heard nothing but good things from every person who has.

  22. Keara B. says:

    I saw this on your instagram feed the other day and I’m so glad you shared this tutorial! Love the idea. Plus, anything that keeps our kids’ stuff organize is a huge plus. Thank you!

  23. JR FrugalMom says:

    My little one love the Toms of Maine strawberry toothpaste – it’s her favorite.

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  24. My husband was just getting fussy with me last week about how many Mason jars we have in our pantry. I told them I’d try to find something to do with them (I can’t bear to part with them). This looks like a great way to upcycle them! #client

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