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Making life in the bathroom a bit more accommodating

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The bathroom is like Rodney Dangerfield _ it gets no respect. If you don't believe me, try not to laugh when you read this _ toilet paper!

There is nothing funny about toilet paper. It is a necessity of life.

But running out of toilet paper at an inopportune time is no laughing matter. And if you have ever been in that situation, you'll appreciate the T.P. Keeper.

The T.P. Keeper is a 17-inch-tall-by-6-inch-wide toilet-paper storage unit that holds up to four rolls of this precious paper. It is designed to rest vertically on the bathroom floor (preferably within reach of the facility) and function as a stand or mount horizontally on a wall like a shelf. And when necessary, you just lift its hinged top to grab a new roll. It even has strategically placed oval openings so that at a glance, you can see how many rolls are in reserve.

The T.P. Keeper sells for $15. For more information, call (800) 722-7425.

And speaking of no respect, have you looked in your shower lately? Why is it we feel compelled to store bunches of nearly empty shampoo bottles on the shower floor? And how about those slivers of soap? Not only are these eyesores, they are also a potential safety hazard.

There's now a solution to this shampoo bottle clutter and soapy mess _ the Dispenser Plus.

The Dispenser Plus is an 8-inch-tall bath or shower wall-mounted fixture that features individual 12-ounce reservoirs designed to hold liquid shampoo, conditioner or soap. Each reservoir has a button you press to dispense a quarter-sized dollop of the desired liquid.

In addition to clearing the bottle mess, it eliminates the chore of bending down and fumbling with cumbersome bottles and caps. It includes all mounting materials and installs in minutes.

The Dispenser Plus is available in two- or four-chamber 12-ounce models for $30 and $40 respectively and a single chamber 24-ounce model for $25. The single-chamber unit is ideal for mounting next to a sink and using for liquid soap _ removing the soap scum mess from around the sink. For information, call (800) 776-7366.

One problem you may have after showering is a foggy mirror _ unless you have the Fog-Free Grooming Mirror. This device is designed to remain clear even in the steamiest of bathrooms, so you can shave or apply makeup without having to constantly wipe the mirror clean.

This 10-inch round mirror features an internal heating element that plugs into AC for power. It can either attach to your existing mirror with the included suction cups or hang on a wall.

The Fog-Free Grooming Mirror sells for $50. For information, call Hammacher-Schlemmer at (800) 543-3366, item No. 43307R.

About this time last year, I introduced you to a new electric toothbrush, the Braun Oral-B Plaque Remover. This cordless unit features a one-half-inch-diameter round brush head that rotates 2,800 times per minute.

Braun has updated the Plaque Remover and combined it with a pressurized oral irrigator that shoots a stream of water between the teeth and the gum line, effectively loosening and washing away food particles.

The Braun Oral-B Plaque Removing System retails for $180, but it can be found at discount and department stores for $130.

Have a question? Write to the Gadget Guru c/o the Times, 95 White Bridge Road, Suite 503, Nashville, TN 37205. The FAX number is (615) 356-9596.