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Old 02-01-2014, 10:36 PM
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Good to know, I never really thought about it much before but I travel a lot for business and I have gotten in the habit of saving all those toothpaste tubes, shampoos, soaps, lotions and whatnot in the little complimentary sizes and save them away in a crate for the scenario where we may not be able to go buy these anymore.

Only been saving them for a few years now, wish I had been saving them all along I would have a lifetime supply by now.

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OBW, I too save all the little complimentary items from the hotels I stay at. While most of mine are acquired from vacation stays, I've been doing it for almost a decade and I've accumulated a substantial amount that now fills a 66 quart plastic bin. On the plus side, I've got enough to last awhile when stuff goes south. On the other plus side, I already prep soap and other hygiene supplies so my complimentary items can be "hand outs" to other folks in need, when the time comes.....and, oddly enough, I have hundreds of toothbrushes (and they aren't the cheap kind either!) from vendors that visit the office. Is it crazy that a good, name brand toothbrush is almost $5?!
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After divorce things got really bad to me (not to my ex, though :-) and one day, after paying child support and two days before receiving money, I saw myself with no toothpaste and only what amounted to some 50 dollars in my pockets (no credit cards, as my ex had of course maxed them out buying clothes, electronics, etc...).
I just searched the trunk till I found the bag some 3/4 years old unopened tubes of courtesy tooth paste they gave in hotels during business trips. The soaps were dray and cracked but usable the same. But the tooth paste looked almost like new after I squeezed the tubes a bit.

Just an addition: Please note that I live in a place where temperatures easily reach 105F/40C on the summer, and that I usually leave my car under the sun.
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This is a dentists' dream! Someone whose got too much TP and using it up as fast as possible. I wouldn't worry too much, TP is just good tasting soap with some additives. Yes, certain types of fluoride do expire quite fast but the greatest benefit is from the brushing action not the TP. And don't forget to floss although studies show oral irrigators are far superior to the string!
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I personally wouldn't worry about it unless you have enough for 50 years of brushing.

Until you open it, it will probably be fine. The worst thing that would happen IMO would be that the fluoride would lose its effectiveness, but the paste itself would continue to help clean your teeth after a meal.
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I have used lots of expired tooth paste because any time I find it on sale I buy lots.

My only experience with it becoming useless is the gel kinds. Stick to paste and, as MikeK said you can knead it back into use. I have used paste over 7 years old. No prob.
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if you have an excessive amount of toothpaste and looking for uses, it works great as tire repair. It MUST be paste, not gel. Mix some with tissue or piece of a napkin, knead it and ( I used a pen) stuff it in the hole in the tire. I did this in the cold winter months and it lasted and worked great!
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You also don't need a huge glob on the brush like the ads show. I just use a smear and a tube will last almost a year (I only brush once a day though).

Due to that my tubes are often well over the date but other then a slightly off taste (old) it still seems to work just fine.
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Thanks for all of the alternate suggestions to use instead of toothpaste, but I am not looking for alternatives. I already HAVE toothpaste. Did I mention that I have LOTS of toothpaste?
Toothpaste is one of those things that will worth 1000 times its current value when SHTF...... So you prob cant have enough.
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Toothpaste is one of those things that will worth 1000 times its current value when SHTF...... So you prob cant have enough.
Truth be told, the toothbrush would be the more valuable item as it works even without toothpaste.
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I found a good sale for $.88 a tube for Colgate a few years ago. Probably bought 40 tubes. We are still going through it and it's expired by 2 years. It can separate, but just kneed it up a bit. It's fine.
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I store plain old, cheap Ultrabrite. What I am using now is multiple years old. Tastes and seems to work fine. I wouldn't worry.
Another use for toothpaste....it works great for polishing the yellow out of old headlight lenses. I've found it every bit as good as the refurbishing kits you can buy.

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