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Mouthwash is an important part of oral hygiene, helping to kill bacteria, freshen breath, and improve bad breath. But did you know that using a soap dispenser as a mouthwash dispenser can be dangerous to your health?
Soap dispensers are not designed to be in contact with food. In addition, mouthwash often contains alcohol or ethanol, which can interact with the materials in the bottle, leaching harmful chemicals into the liquid.
Types of Mouthwash
There are many types of mouthwash on the market today. Some mouthwashes contain alcohol, while others do not. Watch the video below to learn more about the differences between them.
The main difference is that alcohol can dry out the oral tissues which is that burning sensation that you feel, while alcohol-free mouthwash will not. However, alcohol-free mouthwash still contains ingredients that help eliminate bacteria and germs from the mouth.
Both options will effectively eliminate bacteria and germs found in the mouth. Rinsing your mouth after brushing and flossing, helps reduce plaque buildup, lowering your risk of developing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
You will get a fresh breath feeling no matter which one you use.
Is The Bottle Made Out Of Material That Are Safe to Come In Contact with Food and Liquor?
A soap dispenser is made from a variety of materials, including plastic, glass, ceramics, stainless steel, and more. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. The main thing to consider is if the pump bottles are safe to be in contact with food.
Glass is a durable material that can be recycled, making it environmentally friendly. It also looks elegant and classy in bathrooms. When choosing glass for storing and dispensing mouthwashes, it is important to make sure that the glass clearly states that it does not contain lead or cadmium.
Some types of glass are made with lead, which can leach into food and beverages. Since glass soap dispenser falls under the category of decorative glassware, they may also contain lead and not be so labeled because it is not intended for contact with food.
Don't use decorative glass dispensers to store your mouthwash - only use food-safe glass dispensers. Using a dispensers that is not made for food can leach unknown substances into your mouthwash and could harm your health.
Choose glass pump bottles that are labeled food-safe
Understanding that using mouthwash is a part of improving our oral health and ultimately our overall well-being. eBun Glass Mouthwash Dispenser is made out of lead-free glass. It is also lab tested to make sure it does not contain cadmium.
Plastic is the most affordable material and is available in a wide variety of choices in colors and designs.
When choosing a plastic soap dispenser to keep your mouthwash, it is important to make sure that the material is food-grade. The easiest way to check this is to look for the Resin Identification Code, which is a number between 1 and 7 that indicates the type of plastic material. Generally, numbers 1 (PET or PETE, abbreviation for polyethylene terephthalate), 4 (LDPE short for low-density polyethylene), and 6 (PS or polystyrene) are safe to use for mouthwash.
Storing Ethanol-Containing Mouthwash in Plastic Soap Dispenser
If your mouthwash contains ethanol, then you need to be very specific with the types of plastic you choose. As long as you use the right type, it is safe.
One type of safe plastic is PET. PET will not dissolve when exposed to ethanol. Many household name branded plastic mouthwash bottles come in bottles made of PET plastic.
Choose PET pump bottles if your mouthwash contains ethanol. If your mouthwash is alcohol-free, then PET, LDPE, or PS plastics are a good choice.
Stainless steel is a popular material for good reason. Not only can it withstand temperature changes, but it also has a protective oxide layer that prevents rust.
When it comes to finding a safe and reliable mouthwash dispenser, you can't just pick any old stainless steel soap dispenser and expect it to work perfectly. There are different grades of stainless steel, and not all of them are created equal. You need to make sure that the stainless steel is in a grade that will resist corrosion and will not melt or react with your mouthwash.
Why Stainless Steel Bottle Not the Best Choice When It Comes to Mouthwash Storage?
Not all stainless steel is created equal. There are many different grades of stainless steel, each with its benefits and drawbacks. For example, some grades are more resistant to corrosion than others, and some are more durable. But on the outer appearance, they all pretty much look the same. So, unless your steel bottle is made of a well-known food-safe grade it's not the right material to use to keep mouthwash. Otherwise, you could be putting your health at risk.
When it comes to storing mouthwash, you want to make sure you're using high-grade stainless steel. The higher the grade, the better quality of the steel. For instance, 304 stainless steel is high-grade steel that would be perfect for mouthwash storage. However, not all stainless steel is made equal. Some soap dispensers, for instance, may not be made out of food-grade stainless steel. So before you repurpose a soap dispenser as a mouthwash dispenser, check the grades of stainless steel it is made out of. If it is not marked properly on the bottle, it is not recommended to use for mouthwash storage. By taking these precautions, you can ensure that your mouthwash is being stored in the best possible way.
You also need to think about if your mouthwash contains ethanol or not. Stainless steel bottles are not supposed to be used to hold alcoholic beverages long-term. Although you do see people carry alcoholic beverages in metal bottles, the main purpose of these bottles is to transport a small amount that is just enough for drinking over a short time, no more than a few days. If you keep ethanol-containing mouthwash in stainless steel bottles, these metal bottles can change the flavor of the mouthwash, it can also discolor the mouthwash, diminishing its quality.
Look for higher-grade of stainless steel such as 304 or 18/8. Avoid stainless steel if using ethanol-containing mouthwashes.
Ceramic is a common earth material that is often used for containers because it is durable and has a pleasing appearance. However, not all ceramics are safe for food storage, as they can leach harmful toxins such as lead into the contents.
Many people believe that ceramics are safe and inert that can be used for everything from cookware to a mouthwash bottle on the bathroom sink. However, what many people don't realize is that ceramics can be quite dangerous if it contains lead. Lead is a toxic metal that can leach into food and drink, causing serious health problems. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regularly tests ceramic cookware for the presence of lead, but soap dispensers are not subject to the same stringent safety standards. This means that it is very unlikely that the ceramic pump bottle you just purchased is safe for food use and lead-free. When you consider the risks, it's clear that using a ceramic soap dispenser isn't worth the risk. Choose a safer option for your home and health.
Don't use ceramic pump bottles unless it is marked as food-safe and lead-free.
Is The Pump Output Adequate for a Mouthful?
People don't usually need a large amount of soap when they are washing their hands. Therefore when a pump bottle is designed for storing and dispensing liquid soap, the output is usually very tiny.
The common range is between 0.5 ml to 2 ml (0.1 teaspoons to 0.4 teaspoons). Most of them pump less than 1 teaspoon each time.
The recommended amount of mouthwash to use for adults is 20 ml or 4 teaspoons. For children over 6 years and older, the recommended amount to use is 10 ml or 2 teaspoons.
Therefore, if you went for a soap dispenser that is food-safe, the next thing you want to consider is do I have the patience to pump 20 to 40 times each time to have enough liquid for the rinse.
It is better to go for a pump bottle that is specifically designed for mouthwash because their pump will output a larger amount so you only need 2 to 3 pumps to get the right amount for your oral routine.
eBun glass mouthwash dispenser with pump is designed specifically for mouthwash. That is why we made sure that the glass is both lead-free and cadmium-free. That is why we made sure that the pump output is 8mls so you only need 2 to 3 pumps to get the required amount.
Soap dispensers are not recommended to use as mouthwash dispensers because they might not be food-grade safe, the output is usually very tiny, and it might take a long time to pump enough liquid for the rinse.
Learn how to choose a mouthwash dispenser for your need.
eBun Glass Mouthwash Dispenser
If you are looking for a convenient, eco-friendly way to dispense mouthwash, then the eBun glass mouthwash dispenser is a perfect choice.
The lead-free and cadmium-free glass construction ensures that your mouthwash is always safe to use, and the 8 ml pump output means that you only need 2 to 3 pumps to get the correct amount. This means that you can avoid waste and save money in the long term.
In addition, the sleek design of the dispenser looks great on any guest bathroom countertop and is sure to complement your other bathroom accessories.
So why not make the switch to a more convenient and environmentally friendly way of using mouthwash with the eBun glass mouthwash dispenser?
Can you use a soap dispenser as a mouthwash dispenser?
It is not recommended to use a soap dispenser for mouthwash because soap dispensers are made of different materials that might not be food-grade safe, the output is usually very tiny, and it might take a long time to pump enough liquid for the rinse.
Can you put mouthwash in a decanter?
Yes. Glass decanters designed to store wine are perfectly fine to use as mouthwash dispensers. A note of caution is to avoid lead crystal.