A few weeks back I was contacted by Max and Lily who had just opened an adorable little online store called Wild Minimalist. Guys, I’m not joking when I say that this store is #goalz. (Yeah, with a z, that’s hip, right?) If you’re looking for any zero waste essentials or just cute gifts I definitely recommend checking these guys out. They try to ship as zero-waste as possible, and they even have a section of amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage finds. Okay, okay I’ll stop gushing, but this really is a cute little store.
*Now’s the time where I say this post is not sponsored. I really did just fall in love with their store, their mission, and their aesthetic as a whole. BUT, they did send me this bottle brush for free, and while the views I write here are always my own and are not influenced by how much an item cost me, I always strive to be transparent when I am given a product to review.*
So let’s get to the task at hand. Reviewing this Wooden Bottle Brush.
First of all, the specs. The brush handle is made of beechwood, the bristles are made of horse hair, and the whole thing is manufactured in Germany. The cost is $9.99, and do want to mention that though I was given this, I will be re-buying one when this one wears out.
Now I am the first one to say that if you don’t need this, don’t buy it. Part of the beauty of a zero-waste life is the simplicity it can bring to your household and your belongings. But, I actually was looking for something to clean out the bottoms of my large regular-mouth mason jars that I drink out of daily, and this works perfectly.
But it has become useful for so much more than just cleaning out the occasional tall jar. I now use it to clean out my teapot, all regular mouth mason jars, and even the occasional mug just because I can. Even James, my boyfriend, has mentioned how much easier it makes cleaning certain kitchen items, like the clear glass jars/mugs that he takes coffee to school in every day.
It has now become one of two brushes that we keep in a jar beside our kitchen sink for quick use. The other is a natural bristle scrub brush that I bought at my local Coop. We use that one for cleaning our cast iron pans, and I must say they look pretty darn good as a pair.
The one downside that I have found to this brush is that once the bristles wear out (and I have no idea when that will be, because I’ve only had the thing a month) I will have to buy an entire new brush instead of simply replacing the head like I can do for my scrub brush. This doesn’t seem like a huge deal to me, but it is something to consider.