Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Toothpaste

Toothpaste is a common household dental hygiene product that hopefully everyone utilizes at least once a day. Although most people associate it with brushing their teeth, there are actually several different uses for it ranging from home improvement projects to using it as a cleaning product! So, start thinking outside of the box and check out all of these different uses for common toothpaste that most people might not know!

Make Those Old Sneakers Look Like New!

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Unfortunately, shoes get dirty, and there’s really not anything you can do to prevent it. Especially if they have white soles, it’s only a matter of time before they start getting dirty the more you wear them. Luckily, toothpaste can be used to not only clean off scuffs and dirt but brighten the sole of the show.

All you have to do is apply some toothpaste onto an old toothbrush and scrub the sole to loosen the dirt. Then, wipe the toothpaste away with a damp cloth to see the noticeable difference!

Brighten Your Fingernails!

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Pinterest/Sara

Sometimes, our fingernails aren’t always looking their best. They’re constantly being used, which can lead them to become slightly discolored. Nobody wants their hands to look dirty, although fingernails aren’t always the easiest thing to clean without professional help.

Well, if your fingernails happen to look a little discolored, reach for some whitening toothpaste! Apply a dab onto the fingernail and rub it in using a nail or toothbrush. Was your hands and repeat the process until satisfied.

Shine Your Silver!

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Pinterest/wikiHow

Unless you always keep your silver jewelry or other items locked away, they’re going to get dirty over time and lose their shine. Instead of going and spending money to have your silver items buffed by a jeweler, toothpaste can get the job done as well.

Toothpaste acts as a non-toxic cleaning agent for silver and leaves it smelling minty and fresh. Put a little dab on the item and polish until desired shine.

Keep Your Mugs Spotless

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YouTube/ehowathomechannel

Whether you drink coffee or tea out of a mug, over time, build-up can occur that will make your mug look like it’s permanently dirty. Sometimes, soap or putting it in the dishwasher just isn’t enough, and this is where toothpaste comes in.

Add a generous amount of toothpaste into the cup and scrub vigorously with a damp cloth or toothbrush. Repeat the process until all the stains are gone and the mug looks good as new.

Get The Most Out Of Your Headlights

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Something that most people find incredibly frustrating is when a cloudy film begins to build up on the plastic that covers your headlights. Not only does this decrease the amount of light your headlights produce making driving at night dangerous, but it isn’t very attractive in the daylight either.

So, before you go spending your time and money on expensive cleaning products reach for your toothpaste. Using either a toothbrush or rag, buff your headlights to clear away all of the grime. After you wash it off, buff one more time with a dry rag.

Don’t Fret Over

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Pinterest/Zsinotin

Although many people enjoy a nice glass of red wine to go with dinner or unwind after a long day at work, it’s certainly a dangerous beverage. If you end up spilling even just a drop on any type of fabric it can stain, and you’ll be kicking yourself for being careless.

However, after blotting the spill with a rag, you can apply toothpaste that will help get out as much of the stain as possible.

De-Stress With Toothpaste

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Pinterest/Paula Fowler

If you’ve ever used a stress ball, you know that they can actually help when you need to take your frustration out on something. However, not everyone has a stress ball lying around, but you can make your own using toothpaste!

Take a common balloon and secure it over the tip of a tube of toothpaste. Squeeze in the desired amount of toothpaste into the balloon, tying the top of the balloon when finished. Now, squeeze away all that stress!

Thread A Needle With Ease!

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H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images

Threading a needle can be an incredibly frustrating task, especially if you don’t have a needle threader. Sometimes, it can even take minutes before you finally get it right! Well, by using just a little bit of toothpaste, it can make this daunting task that much easier.

Rub the tips of your fingers with a little bit of the paste and roll the tip of the thread between your two fingers. This will help to catch any loose threads and stiffen the tip of the thread to make threading the needle that much easier.

Don’t Smell Like An Onion

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INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images

While there are few things more delicious than the aroma of onions cooking with butter and garlic, the smell of raw onions on your hands, as a result, isn’t always the greatest. Once you’re done slicing or handling onions, you may have noticed that the smell lingers on your hands, even if you wash them vigorously with soap.

You can put an end to this by washing your hands with toothpaste rather than soap. Not only will the pungent smell of onions be gone, but your hands will smell nice as well!

Permanent Marker, Be Gone!

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Pinterest/Household Tips

A permanent marker can be a useful tool at times until you accidentally mark something you weren’t supposed to or it gets in the hands of the wrong person, like children. As it turns out, permanent marker isn’t all that permanent if you have some toothpaste lying around.

Because most toothpaste brands contain mild abrasives to help remove the plaque from your teeth, it can also help remove permanent marker. Place a dab on the spot that was marked, scrub with a toothbrush, and watch it disappear!

Hang A Frame Correctly Every Time

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Pinterest/The Family Handyman

Although it doesn’t seem hard, hanging a frame correctly the first time isn’t always a guarantee, but it can be with the help of toothpaste. The trick is to place a dab of toothpaste to the hangar on the back of the frame.

Next, push it against the wall where you intend to hang it. After the frame is pressed against the wall, the toothpaste will leave a mark. This is where the nail should go, so your frame is centered and where you want it.

A Quick Fix For Nail Holes

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Pinterest/Kimberly Walker-Ramos

Although this hack only really works if you have white walls, it’s a quick way to get rid of pesky nail holes left in walls. While you could go through the hassle of going to the store and buying spackle and paint for such a small hole, toothpaste is really all you need.

Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste in and around the hole to fill it, then wipe the excess with a damp rag. Nobody will be able to tell!

Clean Your Phone Screen

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Pinterest/Household Tips

Keeping a smartphone screen clean is practically impossible since it’s continuously being touched all over by your fingers. To get your phone screen looking right out of the box, spread a think layer of toothpaste over the screen and gently wipe it off with a damp cloth.

However, if you’re phone isn’t waterproof, you might want to be extremely careful! This method can also help to eliminate any minor scratches buy rubbing the screen with a cotton swab dotted with toothpaste.

Don’t Let Your Iron Dirty Your Clothes

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Pinterest/Of Life & Lisa

If you’ve been using an iron for a long time, you might have noticed some discolored water stains appearing on your fresh and clean clothes. Although it’s not at the top of a lot of people’s to-do list, it is important to keep the bottom of your iron clean for this reason.

A quick and easy way to do this is to take your iron when it’s unplugged and cool and give it a rub-down with a little bit of toothpaste and water. This will help remove any unwanted gunk and build-up.

You Can Save Scratched CD And DVDs

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Pinterest/WonderHowTo

CDs and DVDs are great ways to store large amounts of music, videos, and pictures. However, if they end up getting scratched, there’s usually not a whole lot you can do, and everything on the disc can potentially be lost.

If you have a disc that is having a hard time being read by a computer or DVD player, toothpaste may be your savior. If you polish the disc with toothpaste, it can help to fill in some of the scratches so they can be more easily read.

Hang Pictures And Posters With No Damage To Anything!

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Pinterest/Cote Maison

Sometimes, people like to hang up pictures, posters, or other paper decorations without using expensive and space-taking frames. However, there’s a way to do this without putting pin or nail holes in your walls and pictures either.

Toothpaste can work as a temporary adhesive when it hardens, so if you dot the corners of what you’d like to display and hold it against the wall, it will stick. Although it won’t last forever, it’s quick, easy, and won’t leave behind any marks or holes.

Keep Those Keys Looking Fresh

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Pinterest/Architecture & Design

Not everyone washes their hands before they sit down to play the piano, which means that the keys accumulate all of the dirt and oils from your fingers, making them dirty.

Pianos aren’t just for playing music, but can also serve as a piece of art in your home, and nobody wants a piece of art to be dirty. So, grab a damp towel and some toothpaste and give each key a little rub-down to make them shine like new.

Refresh Tupperware

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Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Even if you clean Tupperware after every use, if you store it with the lid on, you may notice that they start to smell old and used. Since nobody wants to store food in something that smells bad, this is a problem but it doesn’t require buying a new set of Tupperware.

For a quick solution, brush the inside with toothpaste and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out. Then, store with the lid off.

Get Your Straightener To Work Like It Should!

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BRITTA PEDERSEN/AFP/GettyImages

If you use a hair straightener on a regular basis, you may notice that the ceramic pieces begin to accumulate a coating of grime. This is typically caused by hair spray, shampoo, gel, dirt, or anything else that might be in your hair.

In order to remove this, rub the afflicted areas with toothpaste and a towel, and the silica in the toothpaste will help clean it all off. Now, you’ll get the results you want every time you pick up your straightener.

Heal A Bruise Faster

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Pinterest/The Hudsucker

If you received a bad bruise that you are trying to get rid of as fast a possible a few household items, including toothpaste, can lend a hand. Take some regular skin lotion you have lying around and make a mixture using an equal amount of toothpaste.

Cover with a large band aid before going to be to stop it from smearing and wash it off in the morning. Repeat this process for one or two more nights or until the bruise has disappeared.