20 Amazing Uses For Toothpaste

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KidSmiles Pediatric Dentistry of Whittier, CA knows that toothpaste is an essential tool for maintaining a healthy mouth, but did you know that it has multiple household uses as well?  Here are our top 20 favorite, amazing uses for toothpaste!

  1. Remove Clothing Stains:  Rub a small amount of white toothpaste with water onto your clothes stain.  Leave to soak and wash as usual.  Stain will lift (always spot test fabric first).
  2. Remove Carpet Stains: For pesky carpet stains, apply toothpaste directly to the stain and rub with an abrasive brush.  Rinse the spot immediately.
  3. Spruce Up Shoes: Mix toothpaste and small amount of water into a paste and using a small scrubbing-brush to clean sneakers.  Rinse or wash sneakers in washing machine and leave to try.
  4. Clean Marks Off Walls (Even Crayon!):  White toothpaste mixed with a tiny amount of water to make a paste and wipe onto mark on the wall.  Wipe off remaining toothpaste with damp cloth – stain will be gone.Toothpaste4
  5. Patch  Walls: Use white toothpaste to fill in nail holes in the wall.  Sand wall to make even and for repainting.
  6. Clean Chrome:  Rub toothpaste onto chrome (for example car headlights), rinse off with water and buff to a shine.
  7. Clean Silver: Rub toothpaste onto each piece and leave overnight, wiping them clean with a soft cloth in the morning.
  8. Clean Piano Keys: Wipe keys with a damp cloth, rub in white toothpaste to each key.  Wipe off excess toothpaste with another clean cloth.
  9. Clean Your Iron: Use a white (non-gel) toothpaste and apply to a cool iron with a cloth.  Scrub off any ‘gunk’ off the iron – remove excess toothpaste with a damp cloth.  It’s clean and ready to use!
  10. Clean Bathroom Mirrors: Coat the mirror with white (non-gel) toothpaste and wipe off with a damp cloth.  Mirror will not fog when the shower is used.
  11. Remove Watermarks From Furniture: Apply toothpaste using a soft cloth to any watermarks on your wooden chair arms and tables and wipe it off with a damp cloth.  Let it dry and apply furniture polish.
  12. Remove Scratches On Leather: Use a small amount of toothpaste on a soft cloth and rub over the scratches.  Wipe back over with a damp cloth and the marks will be gone.
  13. Clean Sinks And Drains: Rub your toothpaste around the sink bowl and drain hole.  Rinse it away – it cleans and deodorizes at the same time!
  14. Deodorize Your Car: Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto a paper towel or in a plastic tub.  Place the paper towel (or tub) in your car boot (or under a seat) and when the car is in the sun, the heated toothpaste will release a minty smell to your vehicle.  Replace when needed.
  15. Clean Your Cell Phone: Place a small amount of toothpaste with your finger onto your screen.  Wipe with a damp cloth and dry.Toothpaste3
  16. Clean Refrigerator Seals: Use a toothbrush to apply toothpaste around the refrigerator seal.  Scrub with the toothbrush and wipe with a damp cloth.
  17. Make Shower Doors Sparkle: Clean off soap scum with toothpaste, by using a damp sponge and rubbing on the shower doors in a circular motion.  Allow to dry onto the soap scum.  Rinse thoroughly and the doors will be squeaky clean!
  18. Clean Your Keyboard: Rub of marks/stains off keyboards with a small amount of white toothpaste.  Leave to dry and wipe with a damp cloth.
  19. Hang Posters: Put a little bit of toothpaste on the corners of the poster/picture and press onto the wall.  When you remove the picture: simply pull off the wall and wipe of any remaining toothpaste with a sponge.
  20. Relieve Irritation From Bug Bites, Sores, And Blisters: Apply a drop of toothpaste to a bug bite or insect sting to stop the itching and decrease any swelling.

What other uses for toothpaste have you found?

Ref: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-brilliant-uses-for-toothpaste-slideshow.html#ixzz3AI6CP1om
All images from Flickr: jhoc – toothpaste – Mauren Veras – toothpaste2, Marc Samsom – toothpaste3, Nick Harris – Toothpaste4

 

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