Use and Maintenance

Bamboo Toothbrush

  • Your toothbrush should always air dry. It is best to use an open toothbrush holder that does not hold water, such as the ones we offer.  Wall-mount toothbrush holders that hold brushes by their heads are not ideal because they often take a long time to dry. Some people also like to wipe off the handle with a towel.
  • Let your toothbrush dry before putting it in a travel case.
  • We do not recommend storing your toothbrush in a closed drawer or cabinet.
  • You may need to adjust your brushing technique, especially if you tend to brush hard. You should keep in mind that bamboo is much stiffer than plastic, so when you press hard, the handle stays straight and the bristles absorb the pressure. For this reason, they may wear faster than a plastic brush. But we want to remind you that your dentist recommends that you do not brush too hard for the sake of your gums, so it is a good thing to go easy when brushing. And contrary to what you might think, your teeth will not be less clean if you brush them long enough and thoroughly.
  • Once your toothbrush has reached the end of its lifespan (it should be changed every 3–4 months) simply pull out the bristles using pliers or break the head before putting the handle in the compost. The rest goes in the trash. You can also reuse the handle as a stake to support a plant, identify your plants in the garden or start your campfire. Give free rein to your imagination.

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

  • Makeup remover pads should be machine washed in the small mesh bag included in the starter box or another mesh bag that you already have at home. A regular cycle will clean the pads better than a delicate cycle. You can put them in the dryer — always in a mesh bag — to dry them.
  • If you have many makeup remover pads (more than sixteen), do not heap them in one small mesh bag, especially if they are particularly dirty.
  • We recommend rinsing the makeup remover pads after use if they are particularly dirty.
  • If stains remain, you can soak them in a mixture of equal parts baking soda and peroxide before putting them in the washer in the bag for this purpose in a regular cycle.
  • You should not put wet or dirty makeup remover pads in the closed bamboo box.
  • The fabric is not accepted as compost. You should place the remover pads in the trash after their lifespan. Note that you should be able to use them for a long time — from many months to a few years — which enables you to eliminate thousands of disposable makeup remover pads.

Dental floss

  • OLA Bamboo floss is biodegradable; however, it does not fall within the strict rules for compost. It takes a little longer to decay than is required by municipal compost. Therefore, it must be placed in the trash where it will eventually disintegrate because it is 100% natural floss containing no plastic.
  • The small cardboard box goes in the recycling bin once the floss has been used.

Bamboo Straws

  • Always wash your straws with warm water and soap and the included washing brush after each use.
  • Make sure to let them air dry before storing them in a closed space or putting them in a bag or travel case.
  • Do not leave your straws in water or liquid for many hours because this may damage them or reduce their lifespan.
  • Do not put them in the dishwasher.
  • You can put your straws in the compost at the end of their lifespan. Or why not use them for home projects, for example, as stakes to support small plants or even to start your campfire?

Reusable produce bags

  • Organic cotton produce bags are machine washable in cold water with a mild detergent. We do not recommend the use of fabric softeners.
  • They should be hung to dry or dried on a flat surface. Do not use the dryer.
  • The bags may shrink a little bit after the first wash. This is completely normal for natural cotton.
  • If there are stains on your bags, you can use a regular stain remover or a more natural option, such as a general-purpose soap.