Toothpaste Etiquette

I’m not sure if I’m the only one that feels this way or if I’m the weirdo here, but I have this thing about keeping the toothpaste tube neat and tidy.  I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m the daughter of an anal accountant.  Maybe it’s because I’m a control freak…the world may never know.  All I do know is that there is a right way to do things and a wrong way.

For example:  I leave to go on a business trip for a week, and when I leave everything is clean and neat…then I come home to this.  Seriously, what is this?  Like, how does this even happen? How does one person take a normal tube of toothpaste and turn it into this in under a week?  Look at this tube and think about it…how would you even squeeze the tube to make it look like this?  My best guess is a full on grip.  Unless you are 5 years old or have severe arthritis this is nothing short of unnecessary!  Its a tube of toothpaste, not an animal you are trying to kill.  I promise, a light squeeze will work, and I’m almost positive the tube won’t try to get away.  And the squeeze method isn’t even the biggest problem here…just look at the top of the tube.  There is so much dry and crusted toothpaste on it that you can’t close the toothpaste top.  Furthermore, when you try to squeeze some paste out, you get this skinny little spaghetti string because that’s all that can squeeze out of the crust. Gross.  I honestly don’t know how people can live this way.

So of course I promptly have to take care of this issue.  Ok, now I know that this is one step away from putting one of those “toothpaste squeezers” on the tube and may be a little excessive, just a little.  You  may even say that I was over correcting the situation, but after the mess I came home to I needed to draw a clear line of what is acceptable.  As you can see, the top still has some crust left on it.  It wouldn’t come off, not even after soaking in hot water (yes, I seriously soaked it in hot water).   But at the end of the day, being able to close the lid is a huge success.



About erinHasThoughts

I just started eHT in January of 2011, and I'm shocked and humbled that people read it! For some reason it seems like I am always in the most ridiculous situations and witness things only seen in movies, so I like to share my experiences with all of you. Thanks for reading! xo

Posted on January 26, 2012, in Random Experiences, Ridiculous People, This is Me!. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. ha! i tend to gravitate towards being a messy toothpaste user. ooops!


  2. OMG this one made me laugh so hard that I am crying!! I am totally the same way! It really bothers me when people have “messy tubes” and are all scrunched up. Like really??!! My roomie does that, thankfully we each have our own toothpastes


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