Sunday, July 4, 2010

Toothpaste Experiment

Disclaimer: No animals were hurt during this experiment, children were not forced to participate, husband was not involved, the person doing this is not quite certifiable for the local funny farm, OCD, or any other disorder. This experiment was done in fun and should not be tried on your own family, lest you want them to believe you are ready to be committed!
Okay! I hate messy toothpaste, it drives me crazy, so awhile back I purchased those little plastic thingies that go on the tube and keep them all nice and neat...well how many times can a child take those off? I put it back on and now they don't close the cap...go figure!

In the master bath however, we do use ours, hubby does close the cap and last time we thought we ran out, we squeezed until we thought no more could be squeezed. About 4 days worth & we laughed each time we did it & then tossed it out.

However, today, hubby opened a new tube and I was teasing him about how much he probably is wasting. Not that much he tells me and then almost falls on the floor laughing so hard when I bring in the scissors...'you are honestly not doing what I think you are going to do?' Yep! I cut the bottom off the tube and cut up the side and there inside was all this toothpaste.

The top picture is after I used my toothbrush on it to see how much I could get. However, this bottom picture is of how much toothpaste is actually left in the cap after we squeeze and squeeze and think it is empty. This will be my toothpaste for the next several days to see how much more I can get out of the tube.

I am thinking at least at a minimum another 4 to 5 days worth. Which will get me to thinking how many tubes we go through and how much is left and how many tubes a year we wouldn't have to buy if we do this with everyone and then multiply that by some unimaginable variable for some pretty scary life savings missed like with smokers!

BTW, I am very serious about seeing this little experiment to fruition, however, I will not be doing this again or all the calculations...after all, I admit I am crazy..I am just not OCD about this stuff!

4 comments:

solomi558 said...

I,ve looked inside there on my tubes and !!!!--cottonreel

It is a throw away society

Rannyjean said...

I am so glad I am not the only one! So right about the society and that is what I am trying to teach my family! Still, I probably won't do this again!

Wendy B said...

isnt it terrible that people would even THINK you were mad for doing such an experiment??? There IS too much waste and I love that you've taken the initiative....you've prompted me into being a little more aware!!!
sugary hugs
Wendy :O)

Chelsey said...

What a great discovery. I've squeezed and squeezed, but never cut it open!