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Old 08-01-2010, 06:23 PM
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Weird Etiquette Question

What do you do when you suspect that your houseguest is using your deodorant? Is it just me, or is that really gross? (We're not talking about the aerosol spray kind here!)

Any suggestions would be most appreciated. For the record, this isn't a person I can confront about it.
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:42 PM
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I've been known to keep my deodorant in a drawer in my room or even my purse...had that happen before to me actually!

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Old 08-01-2010, 08:31 PM
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Lisa has a great idea. Also leave out some el cheapo do for them to use? Is this a house guest you have stay with you a lot?
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:07 AM
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Does the guest use your bathroom? If so, hide your deodorant in your nightstand or closest. Buy another deodorant and put it where the first one was. Maybe get another brand, in case the guest can figure out the message of not using yours. I think it's gross too!
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:14 AM
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Good morning all!!

I too, would put mine in my bedroom or in a space the guest would not see it to use it.

Next visit - make sure to give them a basket of personal items for their own use.

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Old 08-02-2010, 04:02 AM
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Answers to questions: yes, this person stays with us often (like 2 weekends out of each month). And we only have the one bathroom.

She brings her own toothpaste, even though we have plenty of that sitting right on the counter.

I just don't get it.

Now that she is gone back home I am working on the habit of bringing my deodorant to and from my room instead of keeping it in the med cabinet.

Laura, she wouldn't "get the message." She thinks nothing of using a glass, rinsing it out and putting it back in the cabinet. (EWW) I have to keep vigilant about that and sneak them into the dishwasher. When I go to her house, I'm drinking my soda out of the can!

Can't discuss this with my husband because he'd see nothing wrong with this (he does the same thing with the glasses, too!)
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:49 AM
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I have one now (guest?) I labeled one deoderant with her name on it, toothbrush and bought disposable cups 12 oz size.
Don't know how long she will be here with her 11 month son. She is the mom of my aquired grand daughters and is homeless and jobless at present. My dh has been kind enough to agree to let her stay here for a short time. She is actively looking for work and help to get her own place, but things are tough all over. You'd think she would get section 8 housing because of the baby, but no even though she qualifies she can't get it.
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:30 AM
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I would not leave my personal care items in the bathroom when the visitor is there. You might need to provide a deodarant (write her name on it) for use when she is there bought on sale of course.

I would also personalize a glass for her use or two. Say something like she is here so much you thought she would like her own personal glass to use. Then wash it when she leaves.

Using a cup and putting it back in the cupboard is almost as gross as drinking from the jug in the refrigerator.

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Old 08-02-2010, 10:16 AM
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Roberta my oldest son use to do that with the milk. That made me so mad. Now that he has kids he thinks that is gross when they do it. I reminded him infront of his wife that he use to do it. The kids weren't around at the time.

With the deodrant I would try and get in the habit of taking it to and from the bathroom.

Glad dh and I have our own bathroom.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:59 AM
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I agree with the just taking the deodorant back and forth , and putting one in there for just her, (go to dollar tree) if you have them where you are, they have name brand deodorants there too. Buy some of the Solo plastic cups they come in all sizes, and leave a stack out so she wont do that to the glass, that is gross. I have a friend who buys 16oz bottles of water, then she refills them and keeps them in the fridge , she will do this a few times, til the bottles get not so nice looking, then buys another 6pk and reuses them, "talk about gross" I always bring my own travel mug with me if I go over her house amd I NEVER take a bottle of water lol..
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