Toothpaste comes in many different flavors, whitening strengths, and brands, and it does a great job keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Assuming you actually use it of course…
But, there are many amazing uses for toothpaste, aside from cleaning your teeth! In fact, there’s very little that tooth paste cannot do, so try a couple of these toothpaste hacks and see for yourself! It doesn’t cost much, so why not have a little fun with it?
Let’s discover a few awesome ways to use toothpaste!
1. Eliminate Nasty Odors.
It’s easy to get left with smelly hands and fingers after cooking, especially with garlic, onions, fish, or any other pungent ingredient.
These odors can actually make their way into your skin cells, which is why they hang around for so long.
You can use toothpaste to remove these odors by simply rubbing a bit on your hands and rinsing them clean.
2. Relieve a Burn.
Burning yourself is no fun! It really hurts, and the pain seems to linger on forever. The next time you happen to burn your hand or fingers, try this simple remedy to ease the pain.
First, run some cold water over the burn for a few minutes, as you normally would. Then cover the affected area with tooth paste for a soothing and cooling solution.
3. Repair Scratched CDs and DVDs.
While digital disks are slowly becoming a thing of the past, most of us do have a collection of CD’s, and at least a rack full of DVD’s. And surely, you’re familiar with the joy of having a scratched disk…
You know… listening to your favorite song, and it starts skipping or it just skips to the next song. Well, there’s a quick and easy fix! Toothpaste of course!
It can be used to safely and effectively remove scratches from your CD’s and DVD’s. You just have to rub a little bit of toothpaste on the disk with a soft cloth and then wipe it clean.
4. Clean a Hair Straightener.
Girls, you’ve probably noticed that over time your flat iron starts to develop a grimy coating on the surface of the plates.
This is caused by a build-up of everything from hair spray to mousse, shampoo, gel, or whatever else that you put in your hair. But, you can easily remove all this buildup.
All you need to do is rub some toothpaste on the plates, and buff them clean with a microfiber cloth.
5. Clear Up Pimples.
Forget those expensive acne treatments. You can get great results with a cheap tube of plain white toothpaste! The ingredients in toothpaste dries up acne and leaves you with clear skin.
Just dab a small amount on your pimples before going to bed. And when you wake up in the morning, you should see a huge improvement!
6. Polish Silver Jewelry.
Silver jewelry loses its shine over time. However, a little bit of toothpaste and an old toothbrush can bring back the sparkle. Just dampen the toothbrush and add a touch of toothpaste.
Scrub your jewelry gently and then rinse clean with warm water. Simple as that!
7. Clean Your Nails.
A whitening toothpaste with peroxide will remove that unsightly orange or yellow tinge that nails tend to develop from dark nail polish or excessive smoking.
All you have to do is apply a little toothpaste to a nail brush and scrub gently over your nails.
8. Freshen Up Your Car.
Toothpaste can easily eliminate odors in your car. If you want your car to smell minty fresh, just put a quarter sized amount of toothpaste onto a paper towel, and fold it in half.
Leave it under your seat, and the toothpaste will make your entire car smell … well, like: toothpaste.
9. Treat Poison Ivy Stings.
If you happen to get a rash or a sting from poison ivy, use toothpaste to take away the worst of the irritation. Gently apply a bit to the affected area and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
Then, wash it off with some cold water. You can repeat this until the stinging sensation subsides.
10. Style Your Hair.
Not a lot of people know that gel toothpaste contains some of the same ingredients as commercial hair gel products – which is certainly something to think about…
However, the next time you’re heading for a night out, but realize you’ve run out of hair gel, just slick a little bit of toothpaste on your hair. This simple toothpaste hack will keep your stray hairs in place all night long!
11. Clean Baby Bottles & Containers.
It’s not uncommon for baby bottles to develop a slightly sour odor. But, you can get rid of this smell with toothpaste and a regular bottle scrubbing brush.
Squeeze some toothpaste right into the bottle, and give it a good scrub. Be sure to rinse the bottles out thoroughly afterwards, because ingesting too much fluoride can make babies sick.
12. Reduce the Appearance of Bruises.
If you have a nasty bruise you want to get rid of it as soon as possible, you’re going to need two things. Some lotion, and you guessed it! A little bit of toothpaste!
Now mix these two together, and apply the mixture to the bruise. Then cover the area with a large band aid. Leave it on overnight, and wash it off in the morning. Repeat these steps for another two or three nights, or until the bruise is gone.
13. Bring Old Shoes Back to Life.
Toothpaste can get those sorry looking leather shoes or trainers looking good again. Just apply some toothpaste directly to the dirtiest spots.
Then, take an old rag or a brush, and scrub with a generous amount of pressure. Rinse off the toothpaste, and you got your shoes looking like new.
14. Deodorize Your Dog.
Dogs and skunks do not get along. In fact, dogs can find all sorts of smelly things to play with. The next time your pooch gets into something smelly, just wet his fur, and rub in some toothpaste.
Massage his coat for about five minutes and then rinse him clean. The offensive odors will be gone!
15. Get Rid of Hair Dye Stains.
The next time you color your hair, make sure you have a bit of white toothpaste on hand for those color stains on your face, ears and neck.
If your color runs and leaves a stain, just rub a bit of toothpaste on it and scrub the stain away.
16. Clean Your Refrigerator.
The seal around the door on refrigerators can get very dirty, and it can be quite difficult to clean. Simply add some toothpaste to a toothbrush and scrub away the grime. This will make your refrigerator sparkle like new.
17. Clean Walls.
If you have a child who aspires to be an artist and has chosen your walls as their canvas, you can easily remove those crayon marks with a damp cloth and a bit of toothpaste.
Rub the stains vigorously in a circular motion, until they disappear. Then simply wipe off the residue with warm water.
18. Remove Gum from Hair.
I’m not sure how this even happens, but apparently it does. And it’s a sticky situation, that’s for sure!
To get chewing gum out of hair fast and without having to reach for scissors, spread some toothpaste over the affected are and let it do it’s magic for a few minutes. The toothpaste will break down the sugars in the gum, and you’ll be able to lift it out much easier.
19. Buff Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets.
Instead of using a chemical based cleaning product, you can keep your kitchen and bathroom faucets looking bright – and all you need is some toothpaste!
Grab a rag or a sponge, squeeze a little bit of toothpaste on it, and put yourself to work. Add a little bit of elbow grease and your faucets are going to look brand new in no time!
20. Repair Cell Phone Screens.
Cell phones have come a long way. But, they are still prone to scratches. Luckily you can remove minor scratches with this simple toothpaste hack!
Lightly rub a dab of toothpaste over the scratched areas. Then, wipe it clean with a damp cloth and leave your phone to dry.
Have you tried any of these toothpaste hacks? If you did, how did they work out for you?