20 Amazing Uses For Toothpaste
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!
- 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).
- Remove Carpet Stains: For pesky carpet stains, apply toothpaste directly to the stain and rub with an abrasive brush. Rinse the spot immediately.
- 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.
- 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.
- Patch Walls: Use white toothpaste to fill in nail holes in the wall. Sand wall to make even and for repainting.
- Clean Chrome: Rub toothpaste onto chrome (for example car headlights), rinse off with water and buff to a shine.
- Clean Silver: Rub toothpaste onto each piece and leave overnight, wiping them clean with a soft cloth in the morning.
- Clean Piano Keys: Wipe keys with a damp cloth, rub in white toothpaste to each key. Wipe off excess toothpaste with another clean cloth.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Clean Your Cell Phone: Place a small amount of toothpaste with your finger onto your screen. Wipe with a damp cloth and dry.
- Clean Refrigerator Seals: Use a toothbrush to apply toothpaste around the refrigerator seal. Scrub with the toothbrush and wipe with a damp cloth.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
All images from Flickr: jhoc – toothpaste – Mauren Veras – toothpaste2, Marc Samsom – toothpaste3, Nick Harris – Toothpaste4
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