Here at TipHero, we’re all about upcycling! There’s just something so satisfying – and environmentally friendly! – about taking an item that’s destined for the trash pile and making it useful once again. That’s why we’re going to share a trusty trick with you today that will help give another life to your toothpaste tubes.
We know what you’re thinking: Toothpaste tubes? Yeah, we weren’t exactly convinced at first either, but they work great for everything from cooking to household chores to even travel. These squeezable doo-dads are much more versatile than you may think!
This tip comes to us courtesy of that handy YouTuber Roman UrsuHack. He kicks off his video by addressing some potential “wiseheads” who may immediately roll their eyes at the idea of re-using a tube of toothpaste. He admits that it may be unconventional, but that doesn’t mean the hack isn’t helpful!
Our host recommends using your reincarnated tube as a shampoo dispenser for leak-free travel, or even as an oil dispenser for your tools. If you’re more of the nefarious type, Roman suggests that you fill the tube with mayo and plant it in the bathroom of a foe. There’s nothing like unknowingly brushing your teeth with mayonnaise first thing in the morning. Yuck!
So, now that you’re thoroughly convinced of this hack’s efficacy, let’s get started on making your own! Begin by first gathering your materials. You will need:
- A used tube of toothpaste
- An iron
- Filler (e.g. shampoo)
Remove the end
Start by making a clean slice across the top, ridged end of the tube. You can either use a sharp pair of scissors or a precision knife to do this.
Now it’s time to get rid of that extra toothpaste! Simply squeeze the excess out, then squirt a small amount of oil-based dish soap, and let sit. Rinse thoroughly until all traces and scent of the minty stuff is gone.
Fill it up
Breathe some new life into your tube! Add your filler here, but be sure to choose wisely. It’s best to select materials that are similar in consistency to toothpaste. Also, avoid filling all the way to the top—you should leave at least 3 to 4 centimeters of room.
Fold it up
Stand your filled tube upright, then make a measured crease at the top of the tube. Then, take a small strip of foil and layer it over the top of your crease so that it molds to the ridged line smoothly.
Now it’s time to pat yourself on the back—you’re ALMOST there! To learn those last couple of crucial steps that will give you the re-useable, squeezable upcycled container of your dreams, be sure to click on Roman UrsuHack’s video below. You’ll never need to buy those expensive travel tubes again!
What do you think of Roman UrsuHack’s toothpaste tube upcycling wisdom? Have you ever tried this hack yourself? If so, what did you use as your filler? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!