Most people know the benefits of using toothpaste when brushing your teeth, but did you know that toothpaste is useful for a variety of other purposes? It’s true. Toothpaste can do much more than leave your smile bright and your breath minty fresh. Take a look at these uses for toothpaste that will have you seeing your favorite brand in a whole new light.
NOTE: Use regular white paste, not gel or variations made for tartar control and whitening since these have additional abrasives.
Remove crayon marks Squirt a small dab of non-gel toothpaste on the wall where the mark is. Rub gently with a soft cloth, then rinse with warm water. Voilà! (Test a small inconspicuous painted area first to ensure it doesn’t ruin your paint – although one could say if there is crayon all over the paint – it is ruined anyway!)
Whiten sneakers Clean rubber soles by rubbing scuff marks with an old toothbrush and non-gel toothpaste.
Buff a DVD Get rid of light scratches by squeezing a little non-gel toothpaste onto a cotton ball. Wipe over the DVD from the center out to the edge. Rinse with water and dry with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth—all gone. Toothpaste
will also take small scratches out of acrylic items. Put a small amount onto a cloth, rub it into the scratch until it fades, and then wipe it off with a clean cloth.
Defog goggles and mirrors. Coat the inside of swimming goggles with toothpaste, then wipe off—they’ll be crystal clear. Foggy bathroom mirrors bother you? Prevent the annoying fog by rubbing toothpaste on the mirror and then wiping it off. Do this before your next shower and see how quickly you can go from the shower to the mirror and onto round two of your morning routine.
Removes Pimples Fast Toothpaste does more than help you achieve a winning smile. When dabbed on a pimple, toothpaste can get rid of it by morning. “It is drying and basically works like a clay mask,” Kansas City, Mo. dermatologist Audrey Kunin, MD. says. “It dehydrates the pimple and absorbs the oil,” she says. Toothpaste works best on a pimple that has come to a head – like a whitehead, Kunin adds. “But be careful not to use a whitening toothpaste because they tend to have high levels of hydrogen peroxide that may irritate or burn the skin,” she says. “If you are going to try it, use a white paste — not a gel — and skip this remedy if you have sensitive skin because it will be too irritating.”
Cleans Shower Doors For this project you’ll want to use a toothpaste with whitening ingredients. Those ingredients are typically peroxide based or baking soda. Avoid gel toothpaste. Dampen a sponge and place a small amount of toothpaste in the center. Use the sponge and toothpaste to clean the shower doors in a circular motion. Allow plenty of time for the active ingredients to work on the soap scum then rinse. When all is said and done you’ll have clearer, cleaner, and soap scum free shower doors.
Fills in Nail Holes in Walls This only works for small holes that are less than ¼”. The trick is in finding a toothpaste the same shade as your wall or a willingness to touch up the paint once the toothpaste sets. Squeeze the toothpaste into the hole and use a putty knife to remove excess toothpaste that didn’t quite make it into the mark. This is a quick and inexpensive fix that is great for rentals or college apartments to cover up nail holes left over from posters, calendars, and photographs that graced the walls.
Treats Bee Stings and Insect Bites This home remedy is for people NOT allergic to bee stings or insect bites. If you suspect you are having an allergic reaction to a sting, seek immediate medical attention. For those of you that are just in pain from a bite, try this. Gel toothpastes will not work. Wash the area in cold water to numb and draw out the pain. Remove the stinger in the event of a bee sting. Then, dab toothpaste on the affected area. Leave the toothpaste there – do not rinse it off. The longer it remains the better. It will tingle, and not only make it feel better, but it will feel like you are scratching the itch. One doctor suggested that the glycerin found in most toothpastes dries out the venom concentrated under the sting area. But several others said the tingle was a result of the alkaline toothpaste neutralizing the acid in the bee’s venom. Either way, it will make it feel better.