Not Just For Teeth! 20 Surprising Ways To Use Toothpaste

While toothpaste is a necessity for proper oral hygiene, it also has a number of amazing uses around the home. It can do so many things like polish, remove scratches, and soothe the skin. If you’re going to try any of these, it is best to use a white, non-gel toothpaste. Be sure not to over-apply or over-scrub, but otherwise have at it with these 20 alternative uses for toothpaste!

  1. Removing Scuffs From Shoes – If you have a pair of leather shoes or boots that are all scuffed up from use, a bit of toothpaste could be the solution. Dab a little on the scuff and wipe off with a damp cloth.
  2. Headlight Polishing – Overtime, it’s easy for headlights to get dirty and cloudy. Apply some toothpaste to the headlight cover and scrub with a sponge. You’ll be amazed at the result.
  3. Silver Polishing – Toothpaste makes for an excellent (and cheap) polish for silver. Apply and gently polish with a clean, dry cloth.
  4. Acne Remedy- Have a pimple that you just can’t stand to look at? Put a tiny dot on the pimple before bed and let it sit all night. It’ll reduce the redness when you wash it off in the morning.
  5. Bug Bite Relief – With the warm weather comes more bugs! Mosquito bites can be beyond irritating, so try putting a little toothpaste right on the bite to help soothe.
  6. Prevent Foggy Goggles – If you’re a swimmer, you may already know this trick. Smear some toothpaste on your goggles and wipe it off before you head into the water to keep your goggles from fogging up.
  7. Treat Carpet Stains – If you’ve got a stain that needs to go, rub toothpaste and then scrub with a toothbrush. Rinse with water and repeat as needed.clean your phone with toothpaste
  8. Phone Screen Repair – Phones can go through a lot of wear and tear. For minor scratches on a screen, apply toothpaste and wipe with a cloth.
  9. CD and DVD Repair – For those of us who still use CDs and DVDs, you can fix minor scratches by using toothpaste and then wiping with a dry cloth.
  10. Treat Car Scratches – It’s never fun when you find new scratches on your car. They can be expensive to fix! For minor scratches, apply and wipe with a cloth.
  11. Remove Tree Sap – To get rid of that sticky stuff on your hands, just use and wash. Simple!
  12. Deodorize Hands – Ever get that fish smell on your hands? Or garlic or onion after cooking? Wash your hands with a little toothpaste to get rid of it!
  13. Deodorize Baby Bottles – Toothpaste can get rid of smells that might build up in baby bottles after frequent use. Apply to the inside of the bottle and wash thoroughly.
  14. Clean the Piano – Piano keys can get a lot of build up from the oils and sweat in our hands. Clean with a toothbrush and then wipe with a cloth. clean up crayon mess with toothpaste
  15. Crayon Cleanup – Kids are bound to make messes, and sometimes that means expressing their creativity with a crayon mural. To get your walls back in order, get the tube of toothpaste and start scrubbing. Rinse with water.
  16. Freshen Up The Sink – Sink smelling a little gross after doing cleanup in the kitchen? Squirt some toothpaste down the drain to coat the pipe and then rinse for an instant clean and fresh minty scent.
  17. Polish the Faucets – Toothpaste makes for a great way to keep the faucets in your home sparkling. Apply and scrub, then rinse and wipe off to make them shine.
  18. Coffee Table Water Rings – It happens — we spill a little coffee or forget to use a coaster and all of the sudden there’s a ring on the furniture. Rub some toothpaste on it and wipe with a clean, damp cloth.
  19. Soothe a Burn – Next time you get a burn while cooking, immediately run the affected area under cold water. After that, thickly apply toothpaste until the area cools and the sting is gone.
  20. Fingernails – Using toothpaste on fingernails is a great way to strengthen and keep them looking clean. Scrub and buff lightly!

Toothpaste can sure seem like a miracle substance. Who knew it had so many uses outside of regular teeth brushing? From deodorizing, to cleaning, to removing stains, there are so many ways to take advantage of your tube of toothpaste.

About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)

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