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15 Other Ways to Use Toothpaste

15 Other Ways to Use Toothpaste

Yes, toothpaste is great for brushing teeth, cleaning tongues, and freshening breath.

But that’s just the beginning of all the great things you can do with cheap toothpaste that’s mildly abrasive. (Don’t use gel toothpaste.)

1. Clean carpet stains: Scrub stains with toothpaste and brush until they disappear. You might have to rinse and repeat several times.
2. Remove scratches from cell phone screens and watch crystals: Rub a dab of toothpaste gently on glass. Polish with a clean cloth.
3. Take off crayon on a painted wall: Gently rub crayon with toothpaste on damp cloth. Test it on a small, inconspicuous spot first.
4. Make floor scuffs disappear: Scrub those black, floor scuffs with toothpaste on a clean cloth.
5. Polish silver and brass: Squeeze toothpaste on a soft brush and rub on your silver and brass treasures. Rinse and polish with a soft cloth.

Wipe some toothpaste on those tennis shoes to make them white again.

6. Turn tennis shoes white again: Rub toothpaste on dirty tennis shoes, then wipe clean.
7. Shine bathroom sinks: Rub around the sink to make it sparkle.
8. Soothe bug bites: Apply a dab of toothpaste on mosquito and ant bites; it will take away the itch.
9. Make diamonds sparkle: Brush your diamonds with toothpaste, but not too hard, or you can loosen the gems from their settings.
10. Remove food smells from hands: Wash your hands with toothpaste to remove onion, fish and garlic smells.

Put a dab of toothpaste on your fingernails to make them shine.

11. Polish fingernails: Put a dab of toothpaste on fingernails, and buff with a soft cloth.
12. Remove water rings on furniture: Lightly rub water rings with a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth.
13. Defog headlights: If scratches on your car headlights are making them look foggy, cover with toothpaste and buff by hand or with a buffer.
14. Plug nail holes: It’s a cheap filler for nail holes in walls. Place a dab of paste in holes, let dry, lightly sand, then paint.
15. Clear blemishes: Dab a bit of menthol toothpaste on skin blemishes, let dry, then rinse off. It will draw out toxins and clear skin. Apply lotion after.


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4:01PM PDT on Jun 22, 2015

I learned something new today! Thanks!
Now, I am going to get the toothpaste to try it on some water rings on an end table!

2:08PM PDT on Nov 1, 2014

Good info, thanks.

11:41AM PDT on Oct 6, 2014

It also gets the smell of perfume off of your hands.

5:28AM PDT on Oct 2, 2014

Thank you!

4:28AM PDT on Aug 30, 2014


1:29PM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Imagine that. Thanks.

4:21AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

8:18AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Thank you, especially the comments.

5:52AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

thanks for good tips

6:25PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

muy bueno!! gracias

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