You use toothpaste everyday just for something very special. But, would you believe that toothpaste, literally, has a hundred different uses? It can be used in ways such as soothing balm for insect bites, a cleaning solution for plastic furniture and a way to get crayon marks off wallpaper. You can also use toothpaste to remove dirt from piano keys and to de-fog hard contact lenses.
Toothpaste whitens, brightens, deodorizes, removes stains, and restores and protects enamel. But toothpaste’s cleaning capabilities work wonders on many things besides your teeth. The same ingredients that help polish your pearly whites can also soothe some common ailments. Besides they can make household items sparkle and even get rid of stains and pungent smells.
Toothpaste isn’t just for making your teeth white and promoting good dental health. It boasts an array of household uses. Here are some handy ways you can take advantage of multitasking toothpaste that have nothing to do with your teeth.
Clever Uses for Toothpaste Beyond Brushing Your Teeth
Medicinal and Therapeutic Uses
1. Relieve irritation from bug bites, sores, and blisters
These skin irritations all tend to weep and, in the case of bug bites, often itch. Apply a drop of toothpaste to a bug bite or insect sting to stop the itching and decrease any swelling. When applied to sores or blisters, it dries them up, thus allowing the wound to heal faster. It’s best when used overnight.
2. Reduce the appearance of bruises
If you have a nasty bruise and you are keen to get rid of it as soon as possible, mix together a combination of skin lotion (any kind of skin cream) and toothpaste. Apply the solution to the bruise and cover it with a large band aid, so that it does not stain sheets. Leave it overnight and wash off in the morning. Repeat for another two nights or until the bruise has subsided.
3. Soothe a stinging burn
For minor burns that don’t involve an open wound, toothpaste can deliver temporary cooling relief. Apply it delicately to the affected area immediately after a burn develops. It temporarily relieves the sting and prevents the wound from weeping or opening.
4. Clears spots, acne and zits
This is a very old trick, so you might have heard of it before. If you develop a problem spot or zit on your face, you can dry it out and speed up its ‘lifespan’ by covering it with a dab of toothpaste. Leave it in place overnight and wash it off in the morning.
5. Clean up your fingernails
Our teeth are made of enamel, and toothpaste is good for them. Due to this reason toothpaste would also be good for our fingernails. For cleaner, shinier, and stronger nails, simply scrub the underneath and tops of fingernails with a toothbrush (ideally not the one that you also brush your teeth with) and toothpaste.
6. Toothpaste to treat poison ivy stings
If you are unlucky enough to get a rash or a sting from contact with poison ivy, use toothpaste to take away the worst of the irritation. Just apply gently to the affected area and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Then, wash away carefully with cold soapy water. If necessary, repeat until the stinging sensations subside.
Domestic Cleaning Uses
7. Scrub away stinky smells
Ingredients such as garlic, fish, onion, and other pungent foods can permeate the skin cells on our hands. Scrubbing hands and fingertips briefly with toothpaste removes all traces of smelly odors.
8. Remove crayon from walls
Did your toddler think that the wall was an acceptable place to color? Grab a tube of non-gel toothpaste and a rag or scrub brush. Squirt the toothpaste onto the “artwork” and scrub. Rinse with a clean damp cloth. Your wall will return to normal in no time.
9. Eliminate shoe scuff
A little toothpaste does an amazing job of removing scuffs from leather shoes. Just squirt a dab on the scuffed area and rub with a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. The leather will look like new.
10. Polish off your car headlights
If you get scratches and scuff marks on your headlights, you need to clean them off quickly. Because they can obscure your view while driving. Rub a generous amount of toothpaste over the glass covers. Use a soft cloth to rub until the scuff marks have vanished.
11. Make silver jewelry and other silver pieces sparkle
Rub toothpaste onto jewelry and leave overnight. Wipe clean with a soft cloth in the morning. Make diamonds shine by giving them a gentle scrub using a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a little water. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of toothpaste. But do not use this method on pearls, as it will damage their finish.
12. Remove gum from hair
To get chewing gum out of hair fast and with little fuss, spread toothpaste over the affected patches. This will be messy, but worthwhile. As the toothpaste is designed to break down the sugar contained in stuff like chewing gum, you should be able to lift it right out after a while.
13. Deodorize the bathroom sink
Grab a toothpaste. Squirt some into the sink. Scrub with a sponge. Rinse. Not only will this strategy clean your sink, but will also kill any odors coming from the drain.
14. Remove scratches on DVDs and CDs
This remedy has been used with mixed success rates, but it seems to work fairly well on shallow scratches and smudges. Apply a thin coating of toothpaste to the disc and rub gently, then rinse clean.
15. Remove carpet stains
There are few things as frustrating as a stain on a carpet, especially if you have spent a lot of money on it. But, the good news is that you can use toothpaste to make stains on carpets and soft furnishings vanish for good. Apply toothpaste directly to the stain and then scrub at it with a firm brush. This works particularly well on ink, makeup, and grass stains.
16. Tidy up piano keys before tickling them
Piano keys get dirty quickly, because the oil from fingertips accumulates on their surface. This then draws in dust and dirt. You can use toothpaste to clean the keys by wiping gently with a soft cloth. Once clean, take a second (lint free) cloth and wipe until dry again.
17. Freshen bottles
Do your baby bottles have a sour-milk smell? Put some toothpaste on your bottle brush instead of dish soap. Scrub and rinse thoroughly. You can also apply this cleaning tactic to other containers.
18. Remove the burned crust on irons.
For those of you who still use an iron, you may find that after time, the plate of the iron develops a burned crust. The silica in toothpaste gently grinds away this rusty-looking layer.
19. Remove watermarks from furniture
Similarly, you can use toothpaste to get rid of watermarks and stains on furniture. Apply the toothpaste to a soft cloth and then scrub it gently – do not apply too much pressure – before wiping it dry again with a dry cloth.
20. Defog goggles
Scuba divers, swimmers, and triathletes may already know about this handy little trick. Rub a small spot of tooth paste into each lens of your goggles, then rinse thoroughly. There will be no need to ever buy expensive defogger gels again. Avoid rubbing too vigorously, though, as the abrasive ingredients in toothpaste could scratch the lenses.
21. Freshen your car interior
Take a couple of smears of toothpaste, on a paper towel. Fold the paper up and place it underneath your car seats, but only when the vehicle is parked in sunlight. Once it heats up, the toothpaste will begin to melt and soften and the car will fill up with a minty smell.
22. Ditch the lipstick
Have you ever gotten lipstick on your clothing? Maybe your spouse had gotten lipstick on their clothing when you went out dancing one night? Either way, lipstick can be hard to remove. That is until your paste gets into the mix. You just put paste on a toothbrush and gently scrub the stain until it’s removed. Wash the clothing as usual after.
23. Revive tired cell phone screens
When cell phones are used constantly, but not protected with a sturdy cover, they develop lots of little scratches all over the front screen. You can remove these, but you need to cover a fingertip in tooth paste and lightly rub it over the scratched areas. Rinse with a damp cloth and then leave to dry.
24. Cleans your hair straightener
If you have naturally curly hair, this means if you want to tame your hair, you need a hair straightener. The problem is the longer you use a straightener, the grimier it can get which makes it less efficient. That is no longer an issue. You can clean the grime from your straightener by rubbing the tooth paste onto the straightener and cleaning it.