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Useful to consider when buying a good deal on drugstore items. How long should a tube of toothpaste last? This may involve sharing the tube with several family members, which means it runs out faster. Also, of course, the product runs out faster if you spread it liberally on your toothbrush than if you use the recommended amount. Remember that most toothpaste must run out either within 2.5 years of manufacture or 12 months after opening. If not, the action of fluoride, among others, deteriorates. If you brush your teeth neatly twice a day and don’t stock up on dozens of tubes at a time for a single-person household, you’ll be fine.
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How long does toothpaste last? So that also depends on how big that tube is. There are travel or hotel packs of around 30n ML or very large tubes of 125 ML. However, the standard tube of toothpaste contains 75 ML. In this article, we will assume a 75 ML tube and a recommended use of the size of a pea. The volume of toothpaste then corresponds to about half an ML. From one tube, you could theoretically get 150 brushes.
So how many times you can brush with one normal-sized tube comes down to 150. Whether you throw it away as soon as nothing comes out, or cut it open and try to scrape everything out, you’ll never get it completely empty. If you brush your teeth twice a day, you have 730 brushes a year. Not counting the extra two in leap years. With 150 brushes per tube, that makes 4.9 tubes per year. So sometimes you have a leap year, and the tube doesn’t empty completely either. All in all, you can assume five or six tubes per year. Five for the open cutters, six for those who find that too much hassle. Sounds little? It is. Because secretly, we all brush with much more toothpaste than that recommended pea. We easily smear a multiple of it on our toothbrush, and just watch, a tube per person per month is the rule rather than the exception. Expensive joke, and not nice for the environment either.
Those tubes are often made of plastic with possibly some metal in them. Depending on the composition, your favourite toothpaste is also sensitive to air, so the tube has an extra coating. That coating, in turn, is prone to dents, and hardly anyone likes to buy a dented tube of toothpaste. That’s why manufacturers put a cardboard box around it. So that’s a hard-to-recycle plastic tube and a cardboard box, per person about twelve times a year. For the whole of the Netherlands, that’s about one and a half billion a year. What a lot of waste that actually is!
Toothpaste tablets do not come in polluting packaging, but in a refillable tin. Often, these also look super chic in your bathroom. So no plastic waste, and you can see at a glance how much brushing you still have in stock. Run out of toothpaste? Then fill your jar with the refill pack. The toothpaste tablets are then packed in reusable packaging. Super good for the environment!
Frequently asked questions
How long does a tube of toothpaste last?
With a 75 ML tube of toothpaste, you could brush your teeth 150 times. However, most people use far too much toothpaste, so the number of brushes is more likely to be around 60 or so per tube.
How many times can you brush with 1 tube of toothpaste?
With 1 tube of toothpaste, you could brush your teeth 150 times. Because we use more than we need, most people do a month with a 75 ML tube.
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