We all use toothpaste, but it has some amazing properties that make it great for a lot more things other than just whitening our teeth. Read on below to see 15 uses for toothpaste that are sure to make life easier.
1. Drink Container Purifier
Plastic bottles and thermoses that are reused over and over again start to smell foul. Washing them with detergent and water is not a successful remedy, but toothpaste gets rid of the odor better than anything else. Simply brush the inside of the container with toothpaste and place in the dishwasher.
2. Diamond and Gold Sparkler
There aren’t many cleaners that can make jewelry shine like toothpaste. Simply scrub them with toothpaste using a soft bristle toothbrush, rinse with water before the toothpaste hardens and shine with a cloth. Be careful not to use this technique on pearls as the abrasives in toothpaste can scratch the surface.
3. Stain Remover
Toothpaste can remove the most difficult stains from your favorite clothes. Lipstick stains from shirt collars, juice stains from T-shirts and spaghetti sauce on the table cloth. Just apply toothpaste directly onto the stain, rub rigorously and throw it in the washer. Be careful not to use whitening toothpaste on colored clothes.
4. Revive Headlamps
The cover on headlights gets dirty and scratched over time, reducing the brightness of the lights. Clean the cover with soap and water first, then buff it with toothpaste and a polishing pad or cloth.
5. Shoe Shiner
White or light colored joggers usually get ruined by dark scuff marks. The easiest solution is to scrub the scuff marks with toothpaste. This method also works for dress shoes.
6. Nail-Hole Filler
Joint compound or spackling are more ideal solutions, but toothpaste works best for smaller holes made by small nails or pins. Simply apply it to the hole and wipe away the excess.
7. Shower-Door Revitalizer
Glass shower doors accumulate scum very quickly. To give them their original clarity, simply wipe it down with a squeeze of toothpaste on a damp cloth or sponge. For more stubborn stains, let the toothpaste sit for a while and then rinse it off.
8. DVD Scratch Remover
Minor scratches and smudges can be removed from discs using toothpaste. Rub a tiny amount and work your way from the center outward with a cotton or microfiber cloth. This works best with small scratches and a small amount should be used since using too much will worsen the problem.
9. Hand Freshner
Soap doesn’t work that well when you have to remove the heavy smell of fish, onions, or other stinky foods from your skin. Toothpaste works far better for removing odors and can be used just like soap. Apply a dab to your hands and rub it like you would soap. Apply lotion or moisturizer afterwards.
10. Iron Cleaner
When your iron’s soleplate looks gunky due to mineral buildup, you can easily clean it with a damp cloth and toothpaste. Make sure the iron is cool and unplugged and wipe the toothpaste cloth first, then wipe it with a second cloth.
11. Silver Polisher
Whether it’s forks and spoons, candlestick holders, or ornaments, silver can be revived by polishing it with toothpaste on a soft cloth. For crevices, use a soft toothbrush and then wipe the whole thing down with a dry cloth.
12. Goggle Defogger
Goggles that have an antifog coating can be a bit pricey, but you can make regular goggles fog-proof using toothpaste. Rub a small amount of toothpaste on the inside of the goggles in gentle circular motions to prevent scratching the lenses. This trick works for swimming, bike and skiing goggles as well.
13. Sink Shiner
We have all dropped globs of toothpaste into our sinks at some point. But instead of letting it dry into a ball, use a soft cloth and rub the toothpaste around your sink to keep it shining. Once you rinse it, any odors from the drain will also be removed.
14. Chrome Cleaner
When you notice the water spots all over your chrome faucets, use the toothpaste and rub it gently on the chrome with a soft cloth, then rinse it off. This will work for any chrome, from plumbing fixtures to car wheels. Use this trick occasionally since the abrasives in the toothpaste can gradually wear away the finish.
15. Mobile Screen Fixer
Devices without a protective screen can become scratched over time. Toothpaste can clean screens on mobile devices such as cell phones and handheld gaming consoles. Lightly rub the screen with toothpaste on a cotton cloth. Then wipe the screen clean with a second cloth.