Health

Uses for Toothpaste You Probably Never Considered

Everyone in America has a tube of toothpaste sitting in their bathroom cabinet, right? But I’ll bet you didn’t know it has other uses besides just keeping your teeth clean. A versatile product, toothpaste can be used for a multitude of purposes saving you money by not buying more products.

You heard that right, toothpaste has so many uses and many of them will surprise you. This is great because it is an economical product, something that most people have on-hand already, and can quickly solve a bunch of problems within a few minutes.  Check out some of the best uses for toothpaste you may never have considered:

 

1.       Polish Your White Sneakers

White shoes can start to look dingy and dirty pretty quickly. One way to clean up a pair of white shoes quickly is to put a small amount of toothpaste on a brush and scrub the dirty spots. When the toothpaste has dried take a rag and clean it all off. Your white shoes will sparkle again.  This is not a permanent fix but it works in a pinch when you need the shoes and don’t have time to do a proper shoe polishing

2.       Sanitize Your Mobile Phone

The outside of your phone can pick up all kinds of germs and bacteria. Dirty, sticky fingers leave smudges and goo on your screen that is not fun to clean off.  One way to clean it up quickly and efficiently is to clean it with a small dab of toothpaste an old brush. Scrub the germs clean and polish the screen at the same time. The toothpaste will sanitize the surface of the phone and the little granules in it will polish the glass to a streak-free shine. Toothpaste has been used for ages to buff scratches out of CDs and game discs.

  1. Bug Bite First Aid

 

Many toothpaste formulas contain mint or menthol while can relieve the sting of bug bites in the summer. The cooling agent in it also relieves minor burns from cooking oil splatters or touching the handle of a hot pan. Rub a small dot of toothpaste on a bite or a burn and let it sit. Wash it off when it dries and becomes tacky. You’ll find the bite is no longer itchy and the burn does not sting. Keep a trial size tube in your medicine cabinet and first aid kit for emergencies.

  1. Sparkling Clear Lenses

If you wear glasses every day you already know how hard it is to keep them clean and smudge-free. Kitchen grease, dust, and oils from our fingers can leave smudges on our glasses. The commercially made glass cleaners are expensive and don’t last very long. The solution to this problem is a tube of plain old white toothpaste dentist use. Be sure not to use the gel formula because they do not work the same. Put a small drop on each lens and polish away.

 

5.       Cleans Crayon from Walls

When you have little ones around you always have crayon artwork on walls and other surfaces. Even if you supply them with paper they still manage to get crayon marks on tables and floors. But no worry, the same toothpaste dentist use can remove those crayon marks easily. The ingredients in it break down the wax in the crayon and you can wipe it right off with a damp rag. So, don’t worry if you have a budding artist around you have a new secret for keeping your walls crayon-free.

 

6.       Remove Blackheads and Pesky Pimples

 

Is Toothpaste the treatment for clear skin? Well, the reason behind this is that the formulation of the toothpaste soothes the skin tissues making red spots recede and less noticeable.  So, have no fear if you get a pimple that just appears out-of-nowhere. Dab a small amount on the red spots and leave it on overnight. In the morning the redness should be gone and you may not even notice it being there at all.

Treatment for blackheads: this one is a little different. Rub a bit of toothpaste on them, let it sit for 5 minutes, and then wash it off with your regular facial cleanser. The calcium carbonate, a common ingredient in toothpaste, helps to get rid of them.

7.       Carpet Spot and Stain Cleaner

Carpets are a big expense and tend to pick up spots and stains easily. While it is possible to clean them with machinery, it is much more cost-effective to spot clean it whenever you get a spill than clean the whole carpet every time it gets dirty. This is a very easy trick and only takes a few minutes to do.

Mix a small amount of toothpaste with a little water until it becomes foamy. Apply directly to the stain with a damp rag or old toothbrush. Scrub those spots right out. This trick will save you lots of money on carpet cleaning bills.

 

8.       Shine up Your Baby Bottles

 

Parents of infants know how hard it can be to remove dried baby formula from the lids and nipples of baby bottles. The stuff dries like glue and can produce a sour odor when it sits. If you find yourself with this problem take a small amount of toothpaste and scrub the sticky spots until gone. For the odor, rub a small amount inside the bottle and add water. Shake a few times and rinse it out. The toothpaste will leave a fresh, minty smell inside the bottle and the bad smell will be gone.

 

 

9.       Spotless Mirrors

 

It is a common problem in many households; the bathroom mirror always fogs up after someone takes a shower. The residue from the shower steam can make them appear dingy and dull over time. If you clean your mirrors with bit of toothpaste and a damp cloth it gets rid of the residue and makes the glass sparkle and look like new. Frequent use can also help prevent some of the mirror fog.

10.        Eco-friendly Stain Remover

 

Stains can be particularly difficult to get out of clothing, especially things with a red or orange color to them. Catsup, spaghetti sauce, permanent marker, and make up are just a few nearly impossible substances to get out of clothes. This trick is very effective at removing these types of stains, especially if you use whitening toothpaste like Colgate Whitening Gel. Rub a small dab on the stain immediately and throw it in the wash. This works best on white fabrics that use bleach. The toothpaste breaks up the stain and laundering it removes any residue.

11.        Clean Your Curling Iron or Hair Straightener

You might not have ever considered cleaning your curling iron or hair straightener with toothpaste but it does work. Hair irons get sticky and dirty due to the buildup of a lot of hair products. An easy way to clean them is to rub a bit of paste on the sticky spots and wipe off with a damp cloth. Hair gels and sprays leave sticky gunk on your irons and this simple trick will remove it, leaving your iron looking brand new.

 

12.        Buff out Scratches on Your Car

 

The same way you use toothpaste to remove scratches from your glasses, game discs and music CDs is how to remove them from the hood, side, and fenders of your car. Those little scratches you get in the parking lot of the supermarket will virtually disappear in minutes. Dab a small amount on the scratch and buff it away. Then wipe with a damp cloth.

13.        Cleaning Your Bathroom

Sadly, some of those trendy bathroom cleaners don’t do a very good job of making your bathroom sparkling clean. Next time, instead of using expensive cleaners opt for something that is already in your cabinet.  Dab a small bit of toothpaste on a sponge and scrub your bathroom with it and see the results. You’ll never buy bathroom cleaner again. Keep an extra tube on hand and use it to clean tiles, shower fixtures, sink, and tub. They’ll be super clean and shiny!

14.        Clean Scuff Marks on Leather

Removing scuff marks from expensive leather shoes is easy if you have a tube of toothpaste on hand. Simply rub some toothpaste on the scuff mark and buff with a dry cloth.  Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any residue that’s left. This is economical and can be used on jackets, wallets, purses, shoes, and furniture. You’ll save a bunch of money on leather cleaners.

15.        Is Chewing Gum in Your Hair?

Everyone has gotten gum stuck in their hair at least once. As you already know, it can be very difficult to remove with most methods. That is because the harder you work to get it out, the more it spreads because it is so sticky. The same toothpaste you brushed with this morning can get the gum out of your kid’s hair tonight. The reason this works is because the ingredients in the toothpaste work to break down the sugar in the gum making it easier to get out.