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Guests using your shower gel?

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MrsB76 Mon 08-Feb-16 16:46:24

This is really just a minor niggle but I'm curious - is it really silly of me to begrudge visiting family members the use of my shower gel? I just had my MIL and SIL stay for a few days overnight and I bought them travel size toiletries (they came on a plane) and DH thinks I should be more hospitable and just let them use my shower gel (well mine and his) and toothpaste. Really?

GloGirl Mon 08-Feb-16 16:49:31

I agree with your husband.

Ameliablue Mon 08-Feb-16 16:50:03

Why wouldn't you?

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Feb-16 16:50:35


19lottie82 Mon 08-Feb-16 16:50:36

YABU. I don't understand why you would mind?

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 08-Feb-16 16:51:04

I'm fine with people using mine. Except FIL who uses vast quantities of my special (have to get relatives to bring it from the UK) shower foam. A whole bottle once.

Little squeeze; fine.

HooseRice Mon 08-Feb-16 16:51:20

Perfectly OK for them to use your stuff. Put out cheaper products if your usual stuff is Jo Malone or similar.

OurBlanche Mon 08-Feb-16 16:51:53

Maybe not the toothpaste... for some reason that feels like a share too far.

I always put out the nicest ones I have... or, if it is my sister, I forget and she has to rummage in the cupboard for a new whatever.

Cabrinha Mon 08-Feb-16 16:52:28

Who the hell wouldn't let their GUESTS use their toothpaste?!

Bloody hell.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Mon 08-Feb-16 16:53:08

I'm going against the grain.

I like boundaries. Like having my own stuff. Not keen on my stuff being used.

And mini travel toiletries are really cute..m

GloopyGhoul Mon 08-Feb-16 16:54:59

I think it's a nice gesture to buy them their own! But I wouldn't use someone else's, I would always take my own, even if flying.

BastardGoDarkly Mon 08-Feb-16 16:56:11

Good lord, no, this wouldn't bother me in the slightest.

LumelaMme Mon 08-Feb-16 16:56:49

Toothpaste no, because of someone else's icky germy toothbrush (though if they did use it I wouldn't have palpitations), but shower gel, soap, shampoo, etc, all fine.

Tywinlannister Mon 08-Feb-16 16:57:28

This is so bad but if it's an expensive one, I put it away and put out the stuff I get for Xmas that I don't like (still very good stuff but I am particular)

On holiday with the family I could smell that someone was using my stuff regularly without checking first!!!!

helenahandbag Mon 08-Feb-16 16:57:42

My ex flatmate used to tell his sister to use my toiletries when she stayed and that really got my back up.

If it was my own guest then I wouldn't mind.

KatharinaRosalie Mon 08-Feb-16 16:57:53

I always find it really odd actually if people come with their own tooth paste and shower gel. (with random Colgate etc I mean, not because they only like this particular brand).

I never understood the thinking - so I will feed you, water you, give you a bed and sheets and linen, allow you to use the hot water, toilet paper and so on. But a pea sized amount of tooth paste - oh no, bring your own!

yankeecandle4 Mon 08-Feb-16 16:57:54

Absolutely fine. I get that some people may buy "special" shower gel, but what on earth is personal about toothpaste?!

I remember my Mum going mad when we had a guest who used bubble bath (that was on the side of the bath) Apparently he should have known it was just for show hmm

usual Mon 08-Feb-16 16:59:20

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NotNob Mon 08-Feb-16 16:59:45

I would expect guests to use mine as I use theirs, never gave it a thought until now.

Hihohoho1 Mon 08-Feb-16 16:59:47

Oh I buy nicer stuff for guests to show off and hide my basic range crap in the cupboard.

Although My dsis floods the bathroom when she comes by not using the shower curtain. Leave the crap for her. grin

yankeecandle4 Mon 08-Feb-16 16:59:48

Katharina after reading this thread I will be bringing my own toothpaste in future. God forbid I step over someones toothpaste boundaries grin

GoringBit Mon 08-Feb-16 16:59:51

I'd expect overnight guests to bring shower gel and toothpaste, but always have spare supplies of toiletries and toothbrushes. I wouldn't mind sharing my shower gel and although I would share toothpaste if asked, it would feel odd to me.

We had guests recently who brought their own towels, which really surprised me. We persuaded them to use some of ours, rather than use their own and have to take them back damp.

PinkSparklyPussyCat Mon 08-Feb-16 17:00:25

I'd expect them to bring their own but if they didn't I'd get the cheaper stuff out for them.

superzero Mon 08-Feb-16 17:01:28

I leave out travel sizes for guests ,they look nice ,were generally free and they get use of a different bathroom.
Anyone can use my toothpaste if they want but I always take and use my own.

snowgirl1 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:01:55

I always take my own shower gel and toothpaste, but wouldn't bat an eyelid if a guest used mine.

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