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Old 11.09.2010, 09:57
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that glass thingie at the wasbasin...

you know the funny shaped glass into which you can stick your toothbrush? usually two of them in a metal holder at your washbasin...

I need to buy a couple to replace the ones I broke in my apartment.

any idea where i should go looking for them?

and what would they be called in german? so I can at least try to ask a shop assistant...
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Old 11.09.2010, 10:01
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The standard ones you can get at any DIY shop (Coop/Migros/Jumbo).
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any idea where i should go looking for them?

and what would they be called in german? so I can at least try to ask a shop assistant...
hi, not sure what they are called, but we were lucky to get the correct one at Migros in Brunaupark - they have a DIY / tools / paint / etc section. I wasn't sure if it was extreme luck or extreme standardization by the swiss building community. If I remember correctly they had a few different ones. Around 5 CHF each.
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you know the funny shaped glass into which you can stick your toothbrush? usually two of them in a metal holder at your washbasin...

I need to buy a couple to replace the ones I broke in my apartment.

any idea where i should go looking for them?

and what would they be called in german? so I can at least try to ask a shop assistant...
If you have two in the same bathroom, and they both broke, you just need to get two that match each other. If they are not in the same bathroom, consider buying all the same style so the new won't look different to the old. If you don't find one at the shops suggested earlier, you might have to try a specialty shop where they sell bathroom fixtures.

What you are looking for in German is called a "Zahnputzglas".

Personally I have always removed the glasses from the bathroom and replaced them with ones that are not breakable. I started this when the kids were small and just kept it up. I always suggest this to my clients as I just don't think glass belongs in a bathroom, with wet hands, it is just too dangerous in my opinion.
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Old 11.09.2010, 11:02
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Re: that glass thingie at the wasbasin...

I agree, I have plastic ones. Can't remember where I bought them, perhaps Ikea.
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Old 11.09.2010, 11:18
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Personally I have always removed the glasses from the bathroom and replaced them with ones that are not breakable. I started this when the kids were small and just kept it up. I always suggest this to my clients as I just don't think glass belongs in a bathroom, with wet hands, it is just too dangerous in my opinion.


Great thinking!
I broke one from ours when I took it to the kitchen to clean. Not only are they glass but they seem to be the shoddiest, thinnest, most easily broken glass possible. (Well, either that or I'm clumsy as heck. )
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Re: that glass thingie at the wasbasin...

I just wasted an entire day looking for some of these ridiculous glasses. The best part?! A week ago I looked at them and said, "I should put those in a safe place until we move out next week. One might break in the meantime." Did I move them? No. Definitely wish I had though!

Here are the places that do NOT have them:
  • Globus
  • Jelmoli
  • Coop City
  • Regular MM Migros at Limmatplatz
  • Manor

Don't bother going to those places when you're looking for the toothbrush glasses!

This evening I will be going to Migros Brunau because I found two standard glasses that fit, but not extremely well.

And PegA I am SOOOOOOO with you on the paper thin quality of the glass. Ridiculous!
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Old 16.07.2011, 17:30
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Re: that glass thingie at the wasbasin...

Coop city definitely have them. I'm quite sure they will have them at their 'bau and hobby' chain and also Migros Brunaupark - In the section where they sell bathroom curtains and bathroom mats. Usually close to the section with mops, buckets, brooms, pegs and washing lines...

They are usually on a lower shelf not right in front of your nose. Take your remaining one with you and ask someone if they can sell you the same...

I've definitely seen them at Coop city at Bellevue (Zurich) and also at Manor.

Oh, and another reason to replace them with plastic ones...if you drop the glass into the sink you're quite likely to chip the sink...speaking from experience...
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Old 16.07.2011, 18:11
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Re: that glass thingie at the wasbasin...

When we moved into our apartment, that was the first thing that went into a secure storage. I didn't want to deal with a broken one and have to go through this whole searching marathon!!

Good luck!
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Re: that glass thingie at the wasbasin...

Getting these glasses is for some reason a serious business. lol When we moved into our apartment, we had no glasses, as (of course) they had been broken by the previous tenants.
We couldn't just be sent new ones. Someone had to specifically come to our house (according to the owner) and proceed to meticulously check which ones actually fit in the holders.
Needless to say, I have already broken one.
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Old 16.07.2011, 18:29
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I just wasted an entire day looking for some of these ridiculous glasses. The best part?! A week ago I looked at them and said, "I should put those in a safe place until we move out next week. One might break in the meantime."
...always follow your first thought!
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Old 16.07.2011, 19:09
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Re: that glass thingie at the wasbasin...

available in any of the migros with 3'M's, just look in the bath section,beside the towel rods and stuff.
carry your old one with you ,for the correct fit!!
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Old 16.07.2011, 19:37
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carry your old one with you ,for the correct fit!!
I drew a circle on a piece of paper, using the ring as a pattern, and then cut it out. I was lucky and found some glasses which Migros was selling as wine glasses (similar to this) which fit and even sit lower in the ring. This was about six years ago and I bought about 4 more glasses at the time in case we broke any more. We managed to break the one in the shower bathroom twice and then broke one of the other ones. Since we later bought our apartment we never had to go through the handover process, so I don't know if the glasses would have been accepted.

About two years ago I was rather amused to see one of my Swiss coworkers holding the ring from his bathroom, looking to find a glass that fit. So even the locals have this problem.
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Old 17.07.2011, 09:42
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I just wasted an entire day looking for some of these ridiculous glasses. The best part?! A week ago I looked at them and said, "I should put those in a safe place until we move out next week. One might break in the meantime." Did I move them? No. Definitely wish I had though!

Here are the places that do NOT have them:
  • Globus
  • Jelmoli
  • Coop City
  • Regular MM Migros at Limmatplatz
  • Manor

Don't bother going to those places when you're looking for the toothbrush glasses!

This evening I will be going to Migros Brunau because I found two standard glasses that fit, but not extremely well.

And PegA I am SOOOOOOO with you on the paper thin quality of the glass. Ridiculous!
Well, Jelmoli, Globus, Manor and Coop-St.Annahof DO have them, even in nice colours. Or at least did have them. Possibly sold out at present, and in such a case the usual answer of the "Anägschtellte" is "oh no, we NEVER had it" !
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Old 17.07.2011, 18:35
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Re: that glass thingie at the wasbasin...

Hi, I've had the same problem, tried all the usual places and they DON'T have the right shape/size. Several annoying trips back to get a refund. Yep, bit of logic is good, take the thin plastic ring out of the metal holder with you when you go shopping, but I always forget . Life's too short really

And I agree with the flimsy glass thing....should not really be in the bathroom. The search goes on. I WILL be successful, and when I am I shall report back. Never been in much of a hurry though, since the blasted things are asking to get broken and I can live without them using my Ikea cheap and tacky plastic one.
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Re: that glass thingie at the wasbasin...

Aha!! At long last. We got our replacement glasses.

Here's the place: Sanitar Troesch AG.

And our particular glass was called the 'Rondo' by Alterna. It cost about 9CHF. I've seen it in loads of other apartments and hotels here so goodness knows why its so difficult to source. It fits perfectly. Aaaah a sigh of relief, that was very annoying.
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Here's the place: Sanitar Troesch AG.

And our particular glass was called the 'Rondo' by Alterna. It cost about 9CHF. I've seen it in loads of other apartments and hotels here so goodness knows why its so difficult to source. It fits perfectly. Aaaah a sigh of relief, that was very annoying.
Coming from there they must be the Rolls-Royce of toothbrush glasses
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Old 08.01.2012, 22:55
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Re: that glass thingie at the wasbasin...

Years ago Mr Ingvar Kamprad's shop sold some very nice stainless steel beakers, stocked in the bathroom section, which fitted the rings over the washbasin perfectly.

@ Mr Ingvar Kamprad, please get some more in, they are excellent in the bathroom and in the dishwasher!
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