12 Amazing Things You Can Do With Toothpaste
Besides polishing your pearly whites, that is!
When I was a kid, acne cream was still a novelty and expensive too. So the solution for coping with a burgeoning zit was to cover it with toothpaste at night. It is proven to have a drying effect. The flaw in this solution was if you forgot to wash it off in the morning, but that’s another issue. The results? Mixed. Sometimes it helped to reduce the redness and swelling of a pimple that had come to a head; sometimes not. But it was worth a shot because when it worked, the zit was gone by morning
Here are some other ways that you can use toothpaste, aside from keeping your teeth clean and white!
1. Stain removing power!
Regular toothpaste has stain removing power: red wine, food and other things on upholstery, carpets and more! Just use an old toothbrush and a dab of paste to pull up a stain on most fabrics. Note: whitening toothpaste will not only whiten your teeth, it will bleach any fabric you apply it to so make sure to only use it on textiles that were white to begin with!
2. Neutralize food odour on your skin
If you’ve ever chopped garlic or onions, you know that the odours these give off can stay on your skin for a while, even after you’ve washed your hands with soap and water. One way to neutralize the odour is to clean your hands with a little water and toothpaste.
3. Run out of hair gel?
Gel toothpaste will do the job in a pinch and leave you trailing a minty fresh scent, in the bargain!
4. Deal with bug bites
Use a dab of toothpaste on mosquito bites to stop the itch cold. Just make sure you don’t use the gel varieties for this, as that will sting!
5. Scuffed up leather shoes
If you’ve got scuffed up leather shoes or boots and no leather cleaner or moisturizer around, a dab of toothpaste on a dry cloth, rubbed over the scuffs and then removed with a clean damp cloth should see you on your way to scuff free clodhoppers!
If you’re partial to running shoes white rubber toes or sides, you can clean these up when they get dingy with non-gel toothpaste and an old brush! Just as with scuffs, all you need to do is wipe them off with a clean, damp cloth afterwards, for a brand new looking shoe!
6. Run out of sanitizer?
A little toothpaste and water will do in a pinch, though why you’d have a tube of paste handy if you don’t have any sanitizer is a question for another time!
7. Clean your diamonds
If you happen to have any, diamond rings do very well in the sparkle department after a shine up with a toothbrush and paste. Once you’ve got your shine back, just remove any residual paste with a damp cloth.
If diamonds aren’t your thing, this trick will also work with silver that has tarnished too. And if you’ve got chrome fixtures in your bathroom or kitchen, non-gel toothpaste will do the trick! Spread it on and then shine and wipe with a dry cloth!
8. Eliminate water rings
Did a guest recently put a sweating glass of something delicious on your wooden coffee table, without a coaster, leaving behind a water ring? No problem! Just rub some non-gel paste into the ring and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. The ring should come off beautifully; just let is all dry up before waxing or polishing!
9. Shine up your piano keys
After years of use, piano keys can start to take on a dingy appearance. Give them a light scrub with toothpaste and an old toothbrush and wipe them clean again with a damp cloth.
10. Fog free goggles
If you’re a swimmer, you’ll probably have experienced your goggles fogging up on you. Try this: smear a bit of toothpaste on each lense, wipe it off completely and you should be fog free for a while!
This works for bathroom mirrors as well: just wipe some on to the mirror—perhaps just the part you need for your face—and then wipe it off. When you’re done you’re shower, you’ll still be able to see yourself, without the fog!
And if your car headlights are fogging up, use this technique to stop that too! Just wipe on the paste and scrub in circles. Then wipe it off. Voila!
11. Take etching scratches out of glassware and even screens!
A little toothpaste rubbed into the scratches will reduce their appearance dramatically! This technique will also work with watch faces, CDs and DVDs and more!
12. Crayon be gone
A bit of toothpaste and a brush is your best solution to crayon on the walls… or on tables, doors or other places around your house. Ideally of course, the kiddos won’t colour those surfaces in the first place, but if they do, a little elbow grease will help you to banish mini-Picasso’s work!
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It’s clear that toothpaste is an all round solution for a range of problems and improvements around the house. Do you have any special uses for toothpaste that we haven’t mentioned here?