March 1, 2017

Dukal hygiene cases from MDSupplies & Services review

One thing I tried to add to my shoeboxes last year was cases for the hygiene supplies I'd always sent in my shoeboxes.  The reasoning was if many of these children are living in orphanages, refuge camps, hospitals, or even mud huts, it could be hard to keep the toothbrushes and bars of soap free from dirt.  It can be hard to find the budget to add that to the shoeboxes though.  So, I was excited to get the chance try out various caps and cases from MDSupplies & Service's special Shoebox Shoppers order form.  The most expensive is $0.165, so not as hard to add them in to the budget, although you do have to get 100 or 1140 of them (depending on which item you select).  What I love about these is that none of them have moving parts: hinges, etc which I feel will help them last longer!  MDSupplies & Services has helpfully made us who pack for shoeboxes a special  order form of just items that can go in shoeboxes...plus it has FREE SHIPPING!!!



First up, the soap dish "Dukal Clear Soap Box, Non-Hinged" (Product ID: MILDTSUB1A12N).  These are sold by the case of 144 for $18.74 which works out to 13 cents a soap dish.  I really liked this.  With the two piece construction, one could easily sit it by a sink or in a shower to hold the soap, or to carry it around with it closed.  Since it doesn't latch, if you're doing a packing party I'd suggest putting a rubberband around it, or in a zippered bag...that way it'll stay together when packing. 

 I'm thinking of using some to make fishing kits or small tool kits with them.  With the lid coming off I think it'd be great, the boys could lay some of the items in the lid to see/get to it all.  It could also be used to make little sewing kits...  So, I'm sure there are lots of uses other than just sending soap in them.

Here's some photos of how different bars of soap fit in it-all I tried fit just fine, including Irish Spring still in the box...just not quite all the way closed with that, but I like leaving it in the box, and it should close when they get rid of the box.

With smaller bars you could even add in like their Dukal Fingernail Clipper without file or other small hygiene-beauty items.


Next toothbrush protectors.  There are two options for that:


Dukal Toothbrush Cap  (Product ID: TBCAP)  These are sold by the case of 1440 for $72.73 or 5 cents each.   I think they'd be good for helping keep the toothbrush bristles clean in what may be a dirty environment.  


  • Pros:  1)  It seems nice & sturdy.  2) It has no moving parts so it should last a long time.  3) It doesn't take up extra room like tube cases do.  4) It keeps the bristles clean and from getting smashed in transit.  5) It has nice drain holes, plus the other side being open should keep it from staying too wet/moist.
  • Cons: 1) In a problem I've seen with toothbrush cases I've tried, it doesn't fit every toothbrush, when I tried to shove in a Colgate one thinking maybe it was flexible and would give, I cracked it a little (it's not made to be strong in that direction!)  2) These are caps, not necessarily travel caps, so they don't fit real tight.  For a packing party (which I assume would be the case for ordering 1000+) I would either leave the plastic sleeves on the toothbrushes to make the fit tighter, or package them with other hygiene items to be sure they get to the kids! 
But, I do think they'll hold up well, and if this is what the budget covers; I do think they'd be helpful to the kids to keep their toothbrushes clean...just be sure to select one of the of the toothbrushes it'll fit on. Of the ones I tested Dukal's Toothbrush - 46 Tuft White Nylon Bristles, Green Handle (TB46) (as well as the Dynarex Toothbrushes (4861) that MDSupplies & Services sells will fit in them as they have square heads, but shaped heads like MDSupplies & Service's Graham Field Adult Toothbrushes (3395-2) will not.  I'm guessing the other Dukal toothbrushes would fit as well. 


Dukal Toothbrush Holder, two-piece tube, clear (Product ID: TBH01C) These are sold by the case of 100 for $16.52 or almost 17 cent a piece.  They also offer these in ivory, but I preferred the clear (actually more opaque) as the color of the toothbrushes showing through as well as hoping that some light coming through might help inhibit mold/germ growth.

  • Pros:  1) Every toothbrush I tried fit in it, even this $6 Colgate one, so no matter what kind of toothbrush you have you should be able to use this whether it's one you buy in bulk or ones you get deals on locally.  2) It has drain holes, so it should not stay too wet.  3) It keeps the entire toothbrush clean.  4) It is strong and sturdy and should hold up well, they should last a while and they can keep something in it after the toothbrush wears out.
  • Cons:  1) It does take up more room than just a toothbrush, so keep that in mind when planning your packing


I'll probably be buying some of both of the two-piece options: soap dish & toothbrush holder myself for packing this year-that'll only work out to around $0.30 a box for both!  I paid about twice that much last year!  Excited for the savings!

I hope this review helps someone...if you have any further questions, please just ask!

Disclaimer: I received these products free to review, but the opinions are all my own.

6 comments:

E said...

Great review. I also ordered some items and agree with your review ... I am wondering about toothbrushes and nail clippers too, did you purchase and reveiw those from same company by chance? Thx, E

Sarah said...

Thanks! Yes, we have toothbrushes we are currently using to see how well they hold up, and will report later. Also have the nail clips, combs, etc. I plan to write a whole series of reviews over the next couple weeks.

KayM said...

Thanks for reviewing these. I'm waiting for my toothbrush holders and soap dishes. I also ordered some of the 4"x4" bags. I will be waiting to read more of the reviews as you get to them.

Orenda said...

I have read you should remove all wrappings if possible as many areas do not have places for trash and it ends up as litter. I have wondered though if there is any problem with accepting toothbrushes/toothpaste that have been taken out of the wrappers? I do place toothbrushes in a ziplock bag. Thanks for the info.

Sarah said...

I agree-when possible I try to remove the packaging. My understanding is it is acceptable to remove toothbrushes from packaging, but I agree it's a good idea to protect it somehow if you do so. Toothpaste is no longer allowed from the USA.

Lin K said...

We take all wrapping off of items. Toothbrush holders are placed over teach toothbrush and that is placed into a water bottle along with pencils, erasers, etc. At the bottom of the shoe box I place a flat pencil holder for all of those items when they're removed from the water bottle.

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