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More Uses for Toothpaste


Alternative uses for toothpaste? So, you thought that your toothpaste was only for brushing your teeth? Not so! Did you know that toothpaste can be used for dozens of alternative activities as well?

The different ingredients contained in toothpaste can be put to use in order to really optimize their functions. Consider that your toothpaste has abrasives, whitening agents, and purifying agents too.

For example, the “short list” of alternative uses for toothpaste includes:

  • Removing stains from clothes – why keep some sort of “stain stick” or separate detergent on hand when you can just put a pea-sized dab of toothpaste (never tooth gel) on the stain, scrub it in, rinse and toss in the regular wash?
  • Cleans piano keys – with a small, soft toothbrush and your favorite white toothpaste, you can begin to erase years of stains from a standard set of “ivories”.
  • Repair scratched CDs and DVD's – when you are using a CD or DVD, and it skips or freezes in the same spot, it is usually because it has been scratched. You can remove it from the machine, apply a bit of toothpaste to the scratch, scrub it with your fingertip, rinse and dry it. When you pop it back into the device it will perform like new.
  • Clean up crayons - another of the more popular uses for toothpaste is to clean crayon marks off of the walls of your home. Have a toddler who likes to draw on the cabinets, sheet rock, appliances and more? A dab of good old-fashioned white toothpaste and a small amount of scrubbing usually ends the problem.
  • Cleans up diamond jewelry – you've probably seen all of the different jewelry cleaning systems and treatments, but you can just use a soft-bristle brush, a dab of toothpaste, and a bit of water to clean everything from modern to extremely antiquated diamond jewelry.
  • Shining chrome – millions of car enthusiasts are well aware of the fact that one of the top secret uses for toothpaste is to add some real sparkle to the chrome on their “hot rods” and classic cars. This works on the different areas of trim and molding and even on the interior details too.
  • Cleaning silver – naturally, if one of the uses for toothpaste is to polish chrome then it is also going to give silver the best treatment imaginable too. This is true even if there is heavy tarnishing. It is best to use a soft-bristle brush to get the job done.
  • Soothing burns – like to barbecue, cook over gas flames, or find that you are just clumsy and get burned a lot? Keep a tube of white toothpaste handy and apply a thin coating over a recent burn. It will cool and soothe the injury and reduce the painful stinging that accompanies most second degree burns.
  • Clean white sneakers – If your tennis shoes are not as bright as you'd like them to be, just use a medium-bristle brush and some toothpaste to bring back the brilliant white.
  • Eliminating water marks – have a party and now have some watermarks on the coffee table? They are instantly removed with a damp rag and a small amount of regular white toothpaste gently rubbed across the surface!
  • Treating carpet stains – another of the top secret uses for toothpaste is to remove stains on carpeting. All you have to do is put a dab of paste on the stain, use a scrub brush and some water to rinse and even a tough wine stain will be eliminated.
  • Cleaning your iron – mineral deposits on an iron can be a real headache, but a dab of toothpaste on the cool iron and a quick scrub with a dish cloth will often eliminate any problematic buildup.
  • Toes and fingernails – did you know that teeth and nails are made of many of the same substances? This is why one of the most popular alternative uses for toothpaste is to get nails as bright and shiny as possible. Just a dab on a toothbrush is required to get the best results.
  • Removing scratches on glass – whether you have a scratch on the crystal of your watch or on your grandma's finest wine goblets, a dab of toothpaste wiped on with a dish cloth is usually an incredibly reliable solution.
  • Soothing insect bites – many people know that one of the best uses for toothpaste is to reduce the swelling of acne and pimples, but these same features will be good for insect stings and bites too. Just spread a thin layer over the ant, mosquito, bee or flea bite to see the almost instant results.
  • Eliminating odors – many cooks know that chopping onions and garlic can lead to days of smelly hands. Simply washing hands with a pea-sized dab of toothpaste will usually eliminate any odor problems.
  • Adhesive – don't want your teenager filling his or her walls with thumb tacks and tape? One of the best uses for toothpaste is as a substitute adhesive. They can just put a small dab on each corner, push the corner against the wall, and wait for it to dry. The only “downside” of this use is that it can degrade the quality of the poster and should not be used for fine quality art prints.
  • Instead of spackle – didn't get to that teenager in time? That's okay; one of the most unique uses for toothpaste is as an alternative to spackle. It is so much easier to fill holes with the paste and smooth them with your finger! This is great for renters who are moving out too!
  • To eliminate foggy goggles – toothpaste smeared around the inside of the lenses of goggles, and then cleaned off, is a great way to prevent fog from forming.
  • Acne treatment – a lot of people consider that one of the best uses for toothpaste is to treat their acne. This does work for a lot of people, but it can be the wrong answer for many others. It is best to test your skin's reaction before smearing a lot of paste on your face.

 

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