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What To Do With An Empty Toothpaste Tube

Written by Cara Terreri .
Discover ways to give your empty toothpaste tube a second, re-purposed life.
Originally Published: 06/16/09

Have you ever thought about repurposing an empty toothpaste tube? Me neither, until today. Now, if you’re thinking I’m going to provide you with a list chock full of brilliant ideas, well then you may be disappointed. After scouring the Net, I found only 3 truly useful (or at least creative) ideas for reusing a cleaned, empty toothpaste tube:

  1. Knife and Scissors Protector

    This would be useful for the one-off knives lying in your kitchen drawer (as opposed to the ones in your knife block, if you have one), and is especially handy if your kitchen drawers are prone to rummaging by little hands. To make your knife or scissors protector, cut off the cap end of your toothpaste tube. Wash and dry the tube completely. Place the open end of the tube over your knife and voilà — instant protection!

  2. Pen Holder

    Following the same instructions as above, you can turn a toothpaste tube into a pen holder that works well when tacked to a cork board in your office or a peg board in your garage.

  3. Money Hider

    This one gets the prize for most creative. The next time you have a need to hide a wad of cash, clean out an empty toothpaste tube (do not cut the tube — it must stay in tact). Once dry, roll up your bills and insert them into the empty tube and replace the cap. To retrieve your money, you’ll need to cut off the end of the tube. I’m thinking this would be useful for travel, keeping a rainy day stash or hiding money from your spouse (kidding on that one folks!).

Have you repurposed an empty toothpaste tube? Tell us about it!

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  • Gauri N. 3 years ago
    Hello! I recycled a toothpaste tube into a spectacle case. I cut off the top, used an old toothbrush to clean it, stitched a cover on it using waste cloth from an old tailoring project. Thought I'd share it with you guys :)
  • Robert D. 3 years ago
    Clean out the empty tube with hot water. Now use for shampoo for your travel kit or gym bag. Same for body wash. A little dish soap comes in handy in your travel bag or shaving kit, too. Or put some mouthwash in it. You don't have to buy those little bottles of everything; use your old toothpaste tube, and fill it from that bulk bottle you buy to keep at home. It costs you less money, and is better for the environment!
  • richard g. 3 years ago
    not yet but think you have 'good idea'!
  • Steven E. 4 years ago
    You can also send them to Tom's of Maine for recycling purpose
    Check out the link for more info
  • Elaine F. 4 years ago
    I let the kids use it as a toy.
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