When it comes to survival, nothing may be more important than your bug out bag (BOB). Unfortunately your bug out bag will fill up quickly so the last thing you want taking up space is a large tube of toothpaste.
Well, if you want fresh breath and a healthy smile without hogging all your BOB space, then dehydrated toothpaste is your answer. And, you can easily use your tubes of toothpaste, such as Crest, Colgate, etc. to start your dehydrated toothpaste stash.
Steps for Making Dehydrated Toothpaste
Step 1: Get a Piece of Aluminum Foil
Simply lay out a sheet of aluminum foil outdoors in the sun.
Step 2: Squeeze Blobs of Toothpaste on the Foil
This is pretty straight-forward as all you need to do is squeeze out 20+ drops of toothpaste onto the aluminum foil. The size of the blobs should be equivalent to what you would use on your toothbrush.
Step 3: Let it Dry
Leave your toothpaste blobs outside for a day or two.
If you have a dehydrator, you can also put your aluminum foil in there and set it on high for about 8 hours.
Step 4: Store them in an Air Tight Bag
By now they should have a consistency similar to gum. Place them into an air tight plastic bag and you are ready to go.
Pro Tip: Adding baking soda to your plastic bag will ensure the toothpaste blobs don’t stick to each other.
Step 5: Enjoy Fresh Breath
When it comes time to brush your teeth, just put a blob in your mouth and use your saliva to moisten it. Brush your teeth as you normally would.