27 Unexpected Uses Of Toothpaste
1. Take the itch out of a bite
Dabbing standard (non-gel) toothpaste onto a mosquito bite will relieve the itching and help take away the redness. If you leave the toothpaste on the site it will also deter you from scratching the area.
2. Style your hair
You can substitute toothpaste for hair gel as they often contain the same water-soluble polymers.
3. Clean your fingernails
Use some toothpaste on an old toothbrush to scrub under your fingernails after painting, arts and crafts or gardening. They will come up clean and bright and the toothpaste will help strengthen the keratin in your nails. A whitening toothpaste used regularly and left on your nails for about five minutes can also help brighten yellowing fingernails.
4. Neaten a home hair colour job
If your home hair colour runs and leaves a stain on your skin, you can quickly remove it with a scrub of toothpaste. Dab the stain with toothpaste and leave it on for a moment before gently rubbing in a circular motion. Rinse with clean water.
5. Get gum out of your hair
Spread toothpaste over the stuck gum and rub until the gum breaks down. Clear away the excess and then thoroughly wash hair. The gum should be completely removed.
6. Pimple cream
Apply a little of non-gel and non-whitening toothpaste on the pimple, and the toothpaste will dehydrate and absorb the the troublesome pimple oil. This remedy is most effective on pimples that have come to a head. Caution: If you have sensitive skin, you may find some irritation
7. Clean your iron
Toothpaste is great for breaking down the mineral deposits that collect on your iron. Use an old toothbrush on a cold iron and scrub the paste into all the little holes on your iron’s back plate. Wipe with damp paper towels until clean and you’re good to iron once more.
8. Clean the bathroom sink
Your bathroom sink will scrub up beautifully with a dab of toothpaste. Squeeze some into the sink, scrub with a sponge and rinse thoroughly.
9. Remove stains from fabric
On clothing, floors or walls toothpaste will clean off lipstick, grass and ink stains. Apply a little toothpaste, gently rub in and rinse off immediately. Repeat until the stain is gone. Remember to do a patch-test for coloured fabrics and surfaces as whitening toothpaste can have a bleaching effect.
10. Clean smells from your hands
The ingredients in toothpaste that deodorize your mouth will work on your hands as well. If you’ve gotten into something stinky, wash your hands with toothpaste, and they’ll smell great.
11. Remove crayon from the walls
Toothpaste will also tackle crayon marks on walls. Put a dab of toothpaste on a damp cloth and gently rub in a circular motion until all the crayon has been lifted. This should be safe for painted surfaces, however if the crayon marks are large, you should try the toothpaste technique out on a small area first. Wait 24 hours to check that the paint has not been affected before tackling a whole wall.
12. Fill a hole in the wall
You can fill small holes on white walls left by hooks or nails with a little toothpaste. Fill the hole and leave to dry completely. Best used only on white walls as paint will not properly adhere to the toothpaste.
13. Remove watermarks from your furniture
To get rid of the irritating watermark rings left by wet beverages, softly rub some non-gel tooth paste on the wooden furniture using a soft cloth. Then wipe off with a wet cloth and allow it to dry before applying any furniture polish.
14. Remove scratches from leather
Scuff marks and light scratches on leather furniture will disappear when rubbed with a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
15. Clean plastic outdoor furniture
A scrubbing brush and a squeeze of toothpaste are all you need to remove stubborn stains from outdoor plastic furniture. A good scrub will bring it up like new, especially if you use a whitening toothpaste on white furniture.
16. Clean your refrigerator seal
Cleaning the seals of the refrigerator is made easy with toothpaste on a toothbrush. The brush fits perfectly along the seal edges and the toothpaste whisks away all the lurking nasties.
17. Polish the kitchen sink
Your sink will dazzle after a quick polish with toothpaste and a damp cloth. Rub in circular motions before rinsing clean with water. Give it a quick extra polish with a dry cloth. Taps will also benefit from a little toothpaste polishing.
18. Remove soap scum
Toothpaste will remove stubborn soap scum from your shower doors. Apply with a damp cloth and rub in a circular motion. Leave for at least 10 minutes to allow the active ingredients in the toothpaste to lift the gunk. Rinse with the shower head while wiping over with a clean cloth.
19. Clean jewellery
Plain toothpaste (not whitening, nor gel) will clean and give a beautiful shine to silver and diamond jewellery. Add a little to a baby toothbrush and gently rub around the jewellery in a circular motion. Pay attention to crevices and behind small stones. Rinse thoroughly in warm water once finished and polish to a shine with a soft cloth.
20. Clean your sneakers
Scrub your sneakers with a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and they’ll come up like new. Remove the laces before scrubbing (you can give them a clean with the toothpaste too). Rinse well with warm water when you’re done and pop them toe-side down in the sun to completely dry.
21. Brighten your cars headlights
Grimy headlights can mean a dimmer beam, but a little toothpaste on a cloth will bring the shine back. Rub until clean, rinse with water and then polish with a soft dry cloth.
22. Clean and defog your glasses
The tiniest dab of toothpaste polished into your glasses will help cover small scratches and stop them from fogging up in humidity. You can use the same trick on swimming goggles to stop them fogging up under water too.
23. Polish silver
Use toothpaste on a polishing cloth to bring silverware back to a sparkling shine. Polishing with toothpaste will help prevent rust too.
24. Hang a poster
If you’re out of Blu Tack, you can use a dab of toothpaste on the corners of a poster to hang it on the wall. It will stay up for ages and when you want to remove it, pull it free and then wipe clear any toothpaste residue.
25. Prevent bathroom mirrors from fogging
Coat the mirror with non-gel toothpaste and wipe it off before you get in the shower. When you get out, the mirror won’t be fogged.
26. Clean your piano keys
Clean your piano keys with toothpaste and a toothbrush, then wipe them down with a damp cloth. Ivory used to make piano keys is essentially elephant teeth. However, toothpaste will work just as well on modern pianos that usually have keys covered with plastic rather than real ivory.
27. Remove a small scratch from your phone screen
Rub toothpaste on the front or back of your phone (wherever there are scratches). The toothpaste will work to reduce the look of the scratches and make your phone screen look much better.
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