If it’s not obvious from the stuff I’ve been reviewing, I really love chew toys. If I don’t have stuff to mouth or chew on, I tend to bite my lips and cheeks to shreds.
Unfortunately, chew toys have numerous disadvantages, including the fact that they can get pretty gross. Keeping them on a string around your neck (yay, Teething Bling!) helps, but you do still have to clean it from time to time, and that can mean gross SOAPY AWFUL TASTE on your chew toy!
Enter Mi-T-Mist Mouthpiece Cleaner! Designed for cleaning mouthpieces of wind and brass instruments used by multiple students, this is basically Purell for stuff you put in your mouth (by the way, NEVER use Purell on stuff you intend to put in your mouth - they add the world’s most disgusting bitter taste to it to prevent people from drinking it for the ethanol). It contains propanol, a kind of alcohol, to sanitize objects.
How it works: The instructions say to spray the mist onto the mouthpiece (or chew toy) and allow to evaporate. However, if there is actual tangible or visible dirt on your chew toy, you can also use it to clean that stuff off, since the propanol acts as a solvent as well. Just spray on and then rinse the toy under water, or scrub at it a bit with a tissue.
How it tastes: The spray has a very mild minty taste. It also has a mild alcoholic taste that will go away if you allow the toy to completely dry before putting it back in your mouth. If you are bothered by the mint, rinse the toy well under water after using the spray.
Other alternatives: There are a lot of brands of mouthpiece cleaner out there; this simply happens to be the one I tried. And if you’re over the drinking age in your country and you’re into DIY, try just filling a cosmetic spray bottle with vodka or other non-sugary hard alcohol! It will work pretty much exactly the same way. Take it from me, there is nothing quite like taking a chew toy designed for a baby, spraying it with tequila, popping it in your mouth, and then asking any real or imaginary gawkers if they have some sort of problem with that.
Many thanks to my local Floortime Center for this hint!