Picture of Travel Toothpaste Refiller - SUGRU STYLE

If you travel, you have probably purchased a small quantity of some product that you already buy in regular quantity or bulk.
Toothpaste often comes in 6.4oz tubes or greater, but the TSA allows 3oz or less.

For the last several years, I have occasionally transferred toothpaste from a large tube into a small tube in order to travel by plane, and actually, I am a minimalist and I prefer using a travel tube at home so that it takes up less room on the vanity.

I am frugal, and creative, and for years i simply made a little bit of a mess while squeezing the big into the small and I end brushing my teeth with the over-fill or spillage (quantity 3-5 times more than normal brushing)

This easy tool will save me time and money and will probably last the rest of my life.


Picture of WHAT DO YOU NEED???
- at least 2 toothpaste tubes(or LIDS) to start with.
one "sachet" of SUGRU (uncured silicone rubber)
scissors (to carefully open SUGRU)
drill with proper drill-bit

Tweezers to remove drilling shreds if there are any
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ddevine23 years ago
I travel quite a bit, and the brand of toothpaste I like best is just not available in small tubes. With this method.. I can switch brands and get exactly what I want. Brilliant!
EnergyHandyman (author)  ddevine23 years ago
I want to see your photos
banker3 years ago
These work great. I used hot glue on mine. Clean them out after use with hot water and a toothbrush. Ha Ha.
AmyLuthien3 years ago
Ah! Smart idea! Now that's thinking with your noodle!
Excellent idea! Now if I could just learn how to refill the travel sized shaving cream cans I'd be all set!
Damien.Wise3 years ago
Elegant hack!
This is what SUGRU is all about. :)
erwin3 years ago
Love it!!!
Great idea!
Manny B3 years ago
Holy bahjebus! It's awesome seeing this Instructable. About 10 years ago, i mentioned to someone that the small toothpaste things were convenient but wasteful. I wondered if they could be refilled someway using a DIY cap system. Man, i was laughed out of the room and called 'cheap' :(
Thanks for putting this out there.
iOskr3 years ago
Goood Idea!!!
Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
so clever...
I love this, it's awesome :)
Putting toothpaste back in the tube is said to  be like putting the cat back in the bag.  In fact both of those phrases are used figuratively in the English language to describe processes that are easy to do, but difficult to undo.

But now conventional wisdom might have to rethink the cliche about putting toothpaste back in the tube.  Nice instructable!

nickodemus3 years ago
Great instructable!
pasternak28 days ago

Haha super:D

grannyjones1 month ago
Syringes can be bought at veterinary/farm supply stores. 20 cc is a good size.
No need for a needle. Just suck up what you need and squirt it into the desired container. Good for custom mixes.
SparkySolar made it!6 months ago

I am having a lot of fun, Thank you for this wonderful Instructable


SparkySolar7 months ago

So far I have made 5 sets!!!!!

SparkySolar made it!7 months ago

I finished it tonight. It is a very clever idea


I will make these for our toothpaste and for hair color tubes because my daughter and I are cosmetoligists and use a lot of hair color.

I also have several of these 'Tube Keys' that we use on toothpaste, hair color,Neosporin, Hydracortzone cream, hand lotion and anything else that comes in a tube. They are $2 each but we didn't pay that much for ours because we got them at a beauty supply store in packages of 12. Add this to your cool refiller and you'll save some money and feel better about not being wasteful. It keeps a lot of empty tubes out of the landfill, too.

this is what the TUBE KEY is

Instead of an expensive uni-tasker like this, I just use medium "binder clips" that I get by the dozen at office supply store. Binder clips also work great for chip clips (all metal, so a simple magnet on the refrigerator keeps them handy). They also work great on bags that need to go "back" into the freezer (no brittleness from freezing).

Those things worked a lot better with the old soft metal type toothpaste tubes... The new tubes that are made from plastic just keep unrolling...
EnergyHandyman (author) 2 years ago
Thanks Guys! So now it has become a game, that when I need SUGRU for something (I often need just a fraction of a pouch) to have other potential projects lined up, so do the clipping and drilling ahead of time, and mix and match all your old lids. YES! The thread varieties are increasing.
Telvroi3 years ago
Whats the point in this?
EnergyHandyman (author)  Telvroi2 years ago
to get toothpaste all over yourself and the bathroom before you go on a plane,
to buy toothpaste in the least economical amounts,

no really,

if you don't get it, it's not for you!
3366carlos2 years ago
very cool. you beat me to it. Thanks.
JakeBlanton3 years ago
I made something similar a couple of years ago, but instead of gluing the two tops together, I put both of them into the flame of a gas burner just long enough to get the ends molten (but not burning) and then pressed them together so that the two plastics fused together. I soon learned that not every toothpaste tube has the same size / screw threads.

More often than not, I just grab the two tubes of toothpaste, hold them firmly together and squeeze from the large tube to the small tube. If you don't do it right, you will have a bit of a mess on your hands...
Its all about the free hand squeeze! What mess?
EnergyHandyman (author)  lanceearlhaines3 years ago
You are sooooo amazing that you can do it freehand with no mess.

just kidding,

I consider myself incredibly coordinated, but it is tricky to get the transfer to work when the source tube is nearly empty, let alone trying to keep it neat, and this device really makes it super easy, even for my wife, whose thumbs bend like Gumby
To each their own....solution and flavor of paste. LOL
It works better if the source tube is nearly full. You just grab it in your fist as squeeze. If the source tube is not pretty full, I don't use it without the adapter...
dpitts43 years ago
Just a little add to make faster and easier. I am a painter and use a paint tube extuder for both toothpaint and my paint tubes. It is awesome and my kids love to use it (only when present ;) ) Anyway here is a link for one on amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004WQINJS/ref=asc_df_B004WQINJS1772090?smid=AZS5DWT1I69ME&tag=shopzilla_mp_1182-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B004WQINJS
rickets dpitts43 years ago
tried to use the link......unable to get it to go through in address bar and won't go on amazon
link worked for me.
dpitts4 rickets3 years ago
soory about that. Here try this one http://www.dickblick.com/products/tube-wringer/

you can also find it by google paint tube wringer or paint tube squeezer
mkanoap3 years ago
What's a GOOG bond?
scm643 years ago
The rule is that you're supposed to change your toothbrush every few months and more often if someone is sick. It seemed to me that rubbing your toothbrush against the same tube of toothpaste as everyone else in the house is the same as sharing the same toothbrush. I don't know how bad it actually is but because it gives me creepies, I buy a travel size tube for everyone in the house....our own personal tube.

If I were to make the refillable thingy, I'd make one for each member too. I'm not really a big germ-a-phobe in other areas. But when I heard about how often to change toothbrushes and how they should be covered when you flush the toilet, I got a bit anal about it. (ohh. no pun intended).
bio_Med3 years ago
I found an even simpler way to do this, and I've been doing it for years.

will show you how!
agis683 years ago
well when i did this some summers ago with the suntan creme my wife said iam too stingy....ofcorse the coming green thinking approved my "stingy" job....hhehehehe
check out this video by Do The Green Thing, it's lovely :)

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