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#1 carlofab

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:00 AM

Okay, with the price of everything going up, this is about saving on toothpaste…

Probably not many know it, but toothpaste tubes used to be made of metal. After pasting your brush, you merely bent the back of the tube forward about a quarter inch and flattened it. That kept it full up front until the tube was completely empty.

Plastic tubes make this a lot harder. I’ve tried folding and securing the back with a paper clip, but it won’t hold. A heavy duty paper clasp (below) does the job, but then you have to clip and unclip the thing each time. It only works if everybody in the household will do that.

The best answer so far is a green plastic thing I picked up in an airport. The back of the tube slips into the slot. When using it just slide the green thing forward and the tube stays full. But look closely and you'll see mine has cracked and I can’t find a replacement.

Anybody have a better solution?

Also a question…. My experience is that a lot of girls squeeze the tube in the middle and are extremely offended if you say something. Comments?

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:04 AM

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Also a question…. My experience is that a lot of girls squeeze the tube in the middle and are extremely offended if you say something. Comments?


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Really? As the only human female in my house, I HIDE my toothpaste, because I am apparently the only one capable of NOT squeezing it in the middle!! :confused0024: & here I thought it was a Guy Thing. Good to know that there ARE men out there that do it right... May I print your post out, duct tape it to the medicine cabinet in my bathroom please? :happy0203:

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:07 AM

I thought it was a guy thing too. Maybe it's an OCD person thing instead?
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:07 AM

I DO NOT....repeat....DO NOT...squeeze the tube in the middle.......I've told you that a million times!!!!!!!!!LOL

But really, I can't stand that either....or leave toothpaste all over the top.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:21 AM

You can buy the squeezer gizmo at the dollar stores and walmart.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:29 AM

In our two house holds, ( my son's and ours), it is the girls who always crimp from the middle.
They also are the ones who leave the cap off, or smear toothpaste all over the nozzle and sink!

Sorry, just had to put that in there!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:37 AM

I thought it was a guy thing too. Maybe it's an OCD person thing instead?



One girl said I was cheap.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:40 AM

Okay, with the price of everything going up, this is about saving on toothpaste…

Probably not many know it, but toothpaste tubes used to be made of metal. After pasting your brush, you merely bent the back of the tube forward about a quarter inch and flattened it. That kept it full up front until the tube was completely empty.

Plastic tubes make this a lot harder. I’ve tried folding and securing the back with a paper clip, but it won’t hold. A heavy duty paper clasp (below) does the job, but then you have to clip and unclip the thing each time. It only works if everybody in the household will do that.

The best answer so far is a green plastic thing I picked up in an airport. The back of the tube slips into the slot. When using it just slide the green thing forward and the tube stays full. But look closely and you'll see mine has cracked and I can’t find a replacement.

Anybody have a better solution?

Also a question…. My experience is that a lot of girls squeeze the tube in the middle and are extremely offended if you say something. Comments?

paper clasp:

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green thing:

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we squeeze it in the middle because we CAN.

why can men never find their car keys or wallets or ketchup in the fridge? (because they CAN'T), and why is that that anytime a problem is too challenging they turn to their in-the-middle toothpaste tube squeezing female counterparts and say "DO SOMETHING!". :rotf:
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:45 AM

I am in a household of 2....1 woman...1 man
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:46 AM

we squeeze it in the middle because we CAN.

why can men never find their car keys or wallets or ketchup in the fridge? (because they CAN'T), and why is that that anytime a problem is too challenging they turn to their in-the-middle toothpaste tube squeezing female counterparts and say "DO SOMETHING!". :rotf:


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:50 AM

I have purchased several of theses grips for toothpaste in the past. Try your local Walgreens or other pharmacy type stores to see if they carry them. Good luck.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:09 PM

Because it's MY toothpaste and I'll squeeze it wherever the heck I feel like squeezin it! And WHY in the WORLD would anyone spend money on something to put their toothpaste to the front of the tube!? Just hold the tube by top and bottom, and pull against the edge of the counter to get the paste back up to the top.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:18 PM

I am the only one in my household that squeezes from the bottom!!

Smile.... it will make people wonder what you are up too. :happy0203:


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:25 PM

I squeeze from the bottom and almost daily try to move it all up the tube only for my husband to squeeze in the middle or even at the top and make it all go back down. I broke down and bought one for each of us once thinking that would solve my OCD about it. Worked for a little while, then he threw his out when there was still plenty left if he'd just work it up to the top and proceeded to use mine.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:33 PM

Also a question…. My experience is that a lot of girls squeeze the tube in the middle and are extremely offended if you say something. Comments?

I actually think the above comment is addressing two very different things:
1.) People squeezing toothpaste tubes in the middle.
2.) People getting offended when they are told they are doing something the wrong way.

In my household (marrital and childhood homes) *I* was the one who squeezed from the bottom and never the middle. Further, my husband appears to be incapable of putting a toothpaste cap back on the tube.
Solution: Everyone has THEIR OWN toothpaste and can do whatever they want with it as long as they leave mine alone.

In fact, I believe my solution to be the most sanitary option! Not all tooth-brushers are equal. Some manage to leave a lot of ... ookie-stuff ... on and in between their teeth. I would rather not have their bacteria-laden toothbrush bristles rubbed onto the opening of my toothpaste tube, thankyouverymuch. Limited sharing in my home.

I like your plastic squeeze-thing but you can get similar results using your hand and the edge of the counter to keep the toothpaste pushed towards the cap end. As long as the plastic tube doesn't expand and draw air back into itself, putting the cap on keeps everything where it was; pushed towards the cap end with the remainder of the tube laying flat.


A helpful tip for preventing waste and making products last longer:
Who the heck needs an inch-and-a-half of toothpaste to brush their teeth?
Who thought it was a good idea for us to look like we have rabies when brushing our teeth?
MARKETING.
If excessive product is used in commercials (coaching consumers to be wasteful) product will have to be replaced more often and the company makes more profit.

No one needs 1.5" of toothpaste to brush their teeth unless they are an alligator or a crocodile. Or a walrus.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:48 PM

Why do men throw their clothes on the floor right next to the laundry hamper?

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:49 PM

Do a search for "toothpaste saver" and "toothpaste saver gadget" and you'll get lots of hits.

You can do the same job w/ Q-tips and rubberbands:
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:58 PM

Why do men throw their clothes on the floor right next to the laundry hamper?

Or wrapper/garbage on the counter w/ the garbage can less than 3' away?

As nick commented earlier ... it must be because they can. :questionicon:
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:17 PM

In my house, its the men who squeeze in the middle.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:34 PM

My mom got those slit ones for all of us (her, my dad, and me). I think I'm the only one that still uses mine. I also don't like it when my niece or nephew stay over and us my bathroom sink to brush their teeth. I understand they are kids, but do they HAVE to get toothpaste and spittle on my mirror!!! After they leave I do a through cleaning of my sink and mirror to get all the toothpaste and such off it. For me it's mostly a CDO thing. FYI, for those of you who don't know what CDO is. It's OCD in alphabetacal (sp?) order. Lol!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:38 PM

Or wrapper/garbage on the counter w/ the garbage can less than 3' away?

As nick commented earlier ... it must be because they can. :questionicon:



Agreed on the trash on the counter. I've started calling paper towels left on the counter "Patrick gifts." Hoping maybe he'll get the hint and throw the crap away. The trash can is literally right there!!!

And Carlo - I squeeze from the end and use the edge of counter to push it to the top. So there Mr.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:43 PM

LOL, I definitely squeeze the tube in the middle. My fiance solved this issue by getting his own tube of toothpaste after telling me, "Now you can squeeze your tube in weird places all you want." LOL, never knew it was an issue

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:46 PM

I squeeze from the middle, or where ever the heck I feel like, till it gets down to not much left, then I squish it all up to the end and get every last drop out I can.

Heidi, we use the same kind!!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:35 PM

and--while we're all it, why the he11 do men leave all their whiskers in the sink? speaking of economizing--you could rinse them out directly after you're done (or during the process), rather than leaving them to dry in their shaving scream scuz, thus causing an increase in costs in water and cleaning components to get the sink clean again.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:23 PM

In my house its my dang husband that squeezes in the middle! Drives me batty!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:37 PM

Who cares about the toothpaste. What about hanging the toilet paper so it unrolls from the back & not the front. :bang_head: Oh waite how about hanging up the paper roll instead of setting it on the handger. Honestly if I redo my bathroom the hanger is going to be replaced with a paper shelf.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

My sister never, never, never, never, ever puts the cap back on, so there is tothpaste ALL over ALL of the counter and in ALL the drawers. The 97 cent Colgate has the flip lid-- a wonderful invention. She still doesn't close it.


I squeeze from wherever, then will occasionally push it all to the top.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:31 PM

Very interesting topic. :). I squeeze either in the bottom or middle. Regardless, when it gets to the bottom, I squeeze as much as humanly possible. Never a drop spaired.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:32 PM

I use Sensodyne ProNamel and the tube is plastic and doesn't "mold."

So no matter where you squeeze it just pops right back into place.

But I'm not gonna lie, I'm a middle-squeezer. :smileywavey:

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:53 PM

Toothpaste grosses me out, and I honestly feel sad every time I brush my teeth. I will throw a tube of toothpaste away if I think someone has used it, or if it is bubbly like sometimes happens right after it has been used.

I also gag most times I brush my teeth, and occasionally it makes me throw up. I can also only use Crest toothpaste. Honestly, I actually even feel nauseous writing this post just THINKING about toothpaste.

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