Toothpaste is your go-to for cleaning teeth, but did you know there are many other uses for it? The same ingredients that polish our teeth are also good other cleaning tasks, as well as removing smells and clearing up blemishes. Read on to see how that tube next to your sink has uses in other rooms.
Remove crayon and other marks from painted walls. Rub a damp cloth with toothpaste gently on the marked-up wall and watch the marks disappear. The best part is that it won’t remove the paint from the walls.
Make silver jewelry and diamonds sparkle. Rub toothpaste onto jewelry and leave it on overnight. Wipe clean with a soft cloth in the morning. You can also shine diamonds by gently scrubbing them using a very soft toothbrush, toothpaste, and water.
Relieve irritation from stings and bites. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to bee stings and insect bites to stop the itching and decrease swelling. The toothpaste dries out the wound and helps it heal more quickly.
Prevent mirrors from fogging. Rub toothpaste on mirrors and wipe it off before your next shower. This will help you save time waiting for the mirror to clear up and streamline your morning routine.
Remove scuffs from shoes. Apply toothpaste directly to the dirty or scuffed area, then scrub with a brush and wipe clean. Stubborn stains may require another round or two.
Fill in small nail holes in walls. Squeeze toothpaste into the hole and use a putty knife or your finger to remove excess toothpaste. Let the toothpaste dry and your wall will look good as new. If needed, you can also touch up the paint right over the toothpaste.
Zap zits. This is a time-honored trick that is even used by Hollywood stars. Apply toothpaste to pimples before bedtime and wash the dried paste off in the morning. This will dry out the affected area and speed up the healing process.
Deodorize hands. Pungent foods, cleaning products, and fragrances can linger on your hands no matter how many times you wash them. Try washing your hands using a small dab of toothpaste in addition to soap and water.
Scott A. Norton, DMD of Louisville
Phone: (502) 899-5559
4010 Dupont Circle, Suite #276
Louisville, KY 40207