I’ve always struggled with problems with my teeth, which, I realize now was probably partly because of the horrible junk food diet I used to eat when I was younger and from the lack of certain key nutrients that are important for healthy teeth like Vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin K2. (Cheetos, Pop Tarts, and Fruit Roll-ups aren’t exactly the best sources of these important nutrients!)
Anyway, It may come as surprise to you, but toothpaste can actually have many more versatile uses aside from brushing. The thing is, it doesn’t only remove stains and plaque from your teeth, but it’s extremely efficient around the house as well.
Here’s the tricks which you can do with toothpaste at Home:
- Polish your silver!
You can easily revive tarnished silver using a tartar-controlling toothpaste. No matter whether it’s your jewelry, ornaments or utensils, simply polish with the toothpaste and clean the residue with another clean cloth.
- Clean your headlights from fog!
If your headlights have started to fog up, you can easily clean them using a non-abrasive toothpaste. Simply scrub away the stains gently.
- Remove crayon off the walls!
You don’t need to repaint your walls if the kids have used them as canvas. Simply put some paste on a cloth and scrub away the artwork.
- Whiten your piano keys!
In case your piano keys have started to turn yellow, a plain toothpaste will do the job. Using some toothpaste, you can easily bring their old color back without leaving them too smooth. Take caution not to damage the keys by using an abrasive type.
- Revive your sneakers!
Use a bit of toothpaste and a wet cloth to rub away the stains on the rubber midsoles and restore their original whiteness.
- Defog your goggles!
Using a microfiber cloth, gently rub some toothpaste on the inside of your ski or swim goggles to prevent them from fogging up.
- Remove water rings!
Revive your table and remove these rings by gently rubbing some non-abrasive toothpaste over the marks. Scrub lightly until the stains disappear.
- Remove ink stains from leather!
Pen marks on your leather car seats can also easily be removed by rubbing some toothpaste on them. Leave the toothpaste to dry and then remove with a damp cloth. This also applies to your leather furniture, jackets or accessories!
- Deodorize your dog!
Tomato juice is nothing compared to toothpaste in case your dog gets sprayed by a skunk. Just wet him down and rub with some toothpaste, massaging for five to ten minutes. Wash the paste off and the smell is gone.
- Remove dye stains!
Your skin normally gets stained when you dye your hair. But no need to worry anymore, as a dab of toothpaste rubbed over the stain can remove successfully.
- Sooth bites and burns!
Rubbing some paste over a burn or an insect bite and leaving it to dry can significantly reduce the pain. Wash it off and reapply for particularly painful spots.
- Treat acne!
When a pimple starts forming, put some toothpaste on it before going to bed. This will reduce the redness and speed up the healing process.
- Clean your iron!
Remove mineral stains on your old iron plate by scrubbing them away with some regular toothpaste. But, if you let it sit too long, it can be hard to remove from all the holes.
- Fix your phone!
It commonly happens that we drop the phone accidentally and get a small scratch in the screen. You can easily make this scratch barely noticeable by rubbing a tiny bit of regular toothpaste on the screen using a soft cloth or cotton swab. Wipe it down with a barely damp cloth.
- Remove scuffs!
You can remove scratches on your leather shoes in the same way as scratches on your phone. Rub a small bit of toothpaste into the leather to make them less obvious.
- Remove stains from your carpet!
Using a substantial amount of toothpaste and an abrasive brush, you can efficiently remove stains from the carpet. The stain will come out as you rinse.
- Remove nail polish stains!
Remove yellowy stains from dark polishes by scrubbing your nails with a whitening toothpaste. Make sure you use a nail brush and a large amount of toothpaste for best results.
- Clean your hands!
Instead of using regular hand soap, rub your hands with some toothpaste to get rid of the stink after chopping onions or garlic. This can leave your hands rather dry, so make sure to moisturize afterwards.
- Deodorize reusable bottles!
Clean your reusable bottles including baby bottles or a coffee thermos with a bottle brush and some toothpaste to remove the lingering scent they produce. Rinse them off thoroughly. The smell will be gone.