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Every year I face a quandary at Fest: Where to spit my toothpaste?

Spitting down into the "drain" seems to make the most sense (dilution and flushing).

But there are signs at some spigots saying instead to spit into the ferns. Hmmm...doesn't seem like a good idea for the ferns, and plus, after 5000 women spit there, yuck.

What's the general thinking?


Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:40 pm
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Camper, the ferns have survived all these years with no problem. Plus it is better to spit in the ferns by the spigots than where wimmin might step on your spit.

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Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:28 pm
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Personally, I brush at my campsite and spit in nearby ferns, and nowhere near where anyone will walk. I think it's pretty disgusting to see the toothpaste sludge at the spigots, for the exact reason stated by suji. Blech!


Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:28 pm
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Tofu, I find the toothpaste sludge to be gross too. That's why I prefer to spit into the drain or gravel. It gets diluted and washed into the soil, instead of coating the leaves for the next week. Thank you for your fastidiousness about spitting at your campsite.


Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:01 pm
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I don't know, maybe it's because I grew up camping (between weekends and holidays it was about a month and a half each summer). Spitting off the path into the woods is as natural to me as breathing. I usually aim for the base of a tree so that no-one steps in it. I take a mouthful of water to rinse and spit in the same spot then when I'm rinsing the brush with the rest of the water I pour over that spot rinsing the bushes as well. When we have gone to a campground with flush toilets I use them but I still brush at the campsite.


Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:49 pm
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Same here jojo. Spit and then rinse brush over same spot and it dilutes into the ground. I think it's better to not always do it in the same place too.


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And there is always swallowing...

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Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:21 pm
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Ewww. Besides the fact that it's unsafe to swallow toothpaste. . . . Yuk.


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I thought the sign said NOT to spit into the ferns, so I just always brush at my campsite now and spit onto the base of a tree, rinse it.


Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:08 pm
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I just use a tiny bit of toothpaste, don't like the taste much, don't like the foam in my mouth. A dollup about half the size of a green pea. I brush, and then I swallow. My dentist says there is no problem with that. that most folks would swallow that much anyway. Then I rinse my tooth brush and brush again, with fresh water. ("rinse" my teeth).


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please don't spit in the gravel. i sometimes step in that and i really don't want to be walking through people's spit. if you have issues spit in a cup and rinse it in a jane.


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I spit into the communal garbage bag at our site.


Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:10 pm
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I spit onto the ground between the ferns, they remain unsullied.

In general a toothpaste without sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate foams less (and is better for your mouth.) I use Biotene gel, which is expensive, it doesn't foam so much.


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I know this is a suuuuper old topic, but I thought I'd throw an idea out, since I haven't seen it from anyone else.

I keep two water bottles in my tent. One with clean water, to rise my tooth brush with (pour over it, outside my tent), and another to spit in to. It seals up really well, so there's no mess, and I can just throw it away at the end of Fest. I suppose you could dump it in a Jane and recycle the bottle, if the waste really bothered you.

Just my two bits!


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and bump again


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