Colgate toothpaste pump dispenser

The toothpaste pump, also known as a toothpaste pump dispenser, is a device used to contain and dispense toothpaste, akin to a tube. An automatic toothpaste dispenser is a self-starting way to dispense toothpaste.


Several innovative designs have been developed[1] [2][3][4] depending on the flow properties of the toothpaste.[5] One involves a rigid toothpaste pump made of a hard plastic and functions by pressing a knob on top rather than squeezing the tube.[6] Henkel were the first to sell their toothpaste in a pump in West Germany, and it was marketed in the United States beginning in 1984. A toothpaste pump was first marketed by Marks & Spencer in the United Kingdom in 1982.[6] Unilever and Colgate began marketing their toothpaste pumps soon after.[6]

Automated dispenser

An automatic toothpaste dispenser is a wall-mounted or counter-top device used to dispense toothpaste by pressing the toothbrush against the inside plates of the dispenser, so it automatically squeezes an appropriate amount of toothpaste and avoids waste.[7][8][9] [10] Most modern automatic dispensers incorporate a toothbrush holder, and in some of the advanced models the holder also functions as a toothbrush sanitizer.[11]

See also


  1. ^ Malea, Anestasia (2020), "Innovative and sustainable toothpaste packaging design", Journal of Graphic Engineering and Design, 11 (2): 19–29, doi:10.24867/jged-2020-2-019, S2CID 224878584
  2. ^ US US4651904A, Schuckmann, ., "Dispenser for pasty compositions, particularly toothpaste dispenser", published 1987 
  3. ^ US5000355A, Prichard, ., "Pump Dispenser", published 1991 
  4. ^ US20220401983A1, Ruan, ., "Pump Dispenser System", published 2022 
  5. ^ Ahuja, Amit (2018), "Rheological and sensory properties of toothpastes", Rheologica Acta, 57: 19–29, retrieved 24 June 2023
  6. ^ a b c "Pumping up sales". New Internationalist. June 1987. Archived from the original on January 24, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  7. ^ Keith, Lauren. "Does it Work?: Touch 'n' Brush Toothpaste Dispenser". 12 KFVS.
  8. ^ Korner, Brendan I. (15 April 2007). "Paste on the Brush, Not on the Sink". New York Times.
  9. ^ US7422129B1, Herbert, ., "Bathroom accessory with integrated toothpaste dispenser, toothbrush hanger, and soap holder", published 2008 
  10. ^ US5975362A, West, ., "Toothpaste dispenser", published 1999 
  11. ^ "The Best Toothpaste Dispenser | No More Squeezing". October 2016.