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.
Step 1: WHAT DO YOU NEED???
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
Step 2: SUGRU Is Awesome 1 Million Uses
I used this one sachet for 5 purposes:
1) 1st toothpaste converter
2) 2nd toothpaste converter
3) a dab for the top of a silly towel-hook that always lets the towel slip off
4) 6 dabs to make the spigot near my garage a little grippier
5) a cord holder on the rear edge of my desk
all in about 30 minutes
and after 24 hours I was ready to finish the toothpaste converters
Step 3: Less Is More! It Is Very Powerful Stuff.
There are plenty instructions on SUGRU so read 'em
Make a ring on one of the lids first.
Step 4: Mold the SUGRU to Create a Good Bond.
i guess you could do this with just about anything you use often
this application is really ideal given the grooves in the items being stuck together.
Once the shape is right set the tubes down and let them dry for 24 hours.
it may take a little less than 24 hours, but don't rush it.
in 24 hours you won't be able to pull them apart, yeah, go ahead, try it, haha
Step 5: The Converters Need to Be DRILLED
obviously this is useless without a hole
Step 6: Drill a Hole Throuh the Converter
if you get lucky there will be no plastic shards that don't stick to the drill
Step 7: Perfect Hole for Toothpaste to Flow Through
all of the gunk is toothpaste, but to be safe brush out the lids with a toothbrush. whooda thunk?
Step 8: EMPTY TRAVEL TOOTHPASTE
SQUEEZE THE TOOTHPASTE TO FILL THE SPACE INSIDE THE CONVERTER!!!
Step 9: A FULL TRAVEL TOOTHPASTE for Less With No Mess
Once you have squeezed the little guy full you should screw and old empty back on the regular sized tube to keep it fresh.
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