My Student Told Me This Toothpaste Hack. It Should Go Viral.

Step-By-Step Guide Included

Shirley Lee
2 min readMar 8


Last month, a student of mine told me that his family showed him an easy trick to get the last drop of toothpaste out.

I tested it at home. It works.

So we made a video about it. I have written a step-by-step guide below the video, but you should still watch the video. These boys are talented.

Did you watch the video? Anyway…

The trick, a step-by-step guide:

Photo by Tania Des on Unsplash

1. Put air in the tube by opening the cap and pressing the sides. Plastic tubes work best.

2. Close the cap and grab the end of the tube.

3. Shake the tube so that the side with the opening goes up and down. Shake multiple times. Like… around 20 times.

4. Open the tube and a plop of toothpaste would pop out, with force, in an unexpected direction. You’d need to try a few more times to get exactly how it works, so that it will land on where you want the plop to go, e.g. on your toothbrush.

Why did you make a YouTube video with the kids?

I teach English in Hong Kong. I recently discovered that making YouTube videos with kids is the best thing I can do with them, for them.

When we were making YouTube videos, the kids spoke more, wrote more, have more thoughts about communication, language and the Internet, and most importantly, I don’t have to make them do it. They themselves wanted to do it.

I wrote about it here.