Our bathroom rituals are always cause for some heavy debate.

Do you put your toilet paper roll on the holder, over or under? Is peeing in the shower an acceptable thing to do? What’s smarter: brushing before or after eating breakfast? All solid questions with multiple answers. Now, there are battle lines that are drawn once more and this time, the debate may not be able to be settled with just a flip of a coin.

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Twitter user @envyteeee set the stage when she asked her followers,  “Do y’all wet the toothbrush first, or put toothpaste on first?”

People quickly chimed in with their comments, questions and for some, concern.

“[I] put toothpaste on first,” wrote one person, which makes plenty of sense. What another person replied with, however, had people scratching their heads.

“I wet the toothbrush but I squeeze the toothpaste on my tongue,” tweeted @ImJustErnest.

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With over 139,000 retweets and nearly 400,000 likes, one person’s brushing method was clearly the most common way to do things.

“Wet the toothbrush, put toothpaste on, wet that boy again. Then brush. That’s law,” they wrote.

Still, others didn’t agree, leading to a debate on the merits of wetting the brush and when.

“Um no, just put the toothpaste on THEN wet the brush smh,” replied another, adding, “But why wet it first? Wetting it after does the same thing plus wetting first makes the toothpaste slippery when you put it on.”

“Bristles gotta stay soft, you might as well use sand paper with ur technique,” someone said in response.

With so many potential methods, it’s to say which way reigns supreme. Even so, one thing remains true — whether you rinse before or after, you’re probably using too much water.

Christabel is a twenty-something graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University. She's a big fan of writing, television, movies, general pop culture and complaining about how they've annoyed her. Long live the Oxford comma.
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