GLOSSARY

  • sink – a kitchen or bathroom container that is attached to the floor and wall, holds water, and is used for washing dishes or brushing teeth

  When Lily came home, she was disappointed to see that the sink was full of dirty dishes.

  • medicine cabinet – a small, flat cabinet on a bathroom wall that is used to store medicines, toothbrushes, lotions, and other things, and has a mirror on front

  If you have a headache, take an aspirin. There’re in the medicine cabinet.

  • toilet – a large bowl and pipe attached to the floor and wall in a bathroom, used to collect body waste

  Cleaning the toilet is my least favorite household chore.

  • tub (also bathtub) – a large, long container that you fill with water and then sit in to take a bath

  Marsha relaxes by filling her tub with hot water and taking a bath while listening to classical music.

  • mouthwash – a liquid that cleans one’s mouth and makes breath smell better

  After eating foods with strong flavors like garlic and onion, you should use mouthwash because it covers the smell.

  • to swish (something) around – to quickly move a liquid around the inside of one’s mouth without drinking it

  The dentist said that I should swish mouthwash around for at least 30 seconds every morning.

  • to gargle – to move a liquid into the back of one’s throat without drinking it.

  Harry believes that the best cure for a sore throat is to gargle warm water with lemon juice and salt.

  • to spit – to push food or liquid out of one’s mouth

  When Jack was six years old, he had trouble taking medicine. He didn’t like the taste and would spit it out.

  • floss – a thread that is moved between teeth to clean them

  A toothbrush cleans the front and back of your teeth, but only dental floss can clean between teeth.

  • shower curtain – a large piece of plastic or cloth that hangs from the ceiling to the floor in front of a bathtub or shower to keep water from entering the rest of the room

  This morning Uncle Kenny forgot to close the shower curtain, so there was water all over the floor.

  • to lather up – to cover oneself with soap or one’s hair with shampoo

  We ran out of hot water immediately after I lathered up, so I had to wash off the soap in cold water!

  • shampoo – liquid soap made for cleaning hair

  People with long hair use more shampoo than people with short hair do.

  • to rinse off – to use water to remove soap from something

  Kelly’s son cried when she rinsed him off because she accidentally got soap in his eyes.

  • to shave – to remove hair from the body by using a razor that cuts the hair near the skin

  In the United States, many women shave their legs to make them look smoother.

  • electric razor – an electronic device for shaving

  When I was a child, I always woke up to the sound of my father using an electric razor to shave his face.

  • hand razor – a plastic or metal tool for shaving, held in one’s hand

  When he started shaving, he often has cuts on his chin because he didn’t know how to use a hand razor.

  • shaving cream – a cream, foam, or lotion that is put on the skin before shaving

  If I shave without shaving cream, my skin becomes red and itchy.

  • disposable blades – the flat, sharp piece of metal in a hand razor that cuts the hair and can be thrown out and replaced

  Disposable blades are more expensive than traditional blades but they never need to be re-sharpened.

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