As many couponers know . Toothpaste is always free and we usually have a large amount in our stockpiles. If you are looking for other uses check out these 20 alternative uses.
Get Rid of Tough Stains
While toothpaste will not remove every stain, it is always worth a try, because it can’t harm fabric. In fact, even if it does not remove the mark, it will make your clothes smell nice. Again, use an old toothbrush to scrub at the stain, because this will give you more precision.
Bring Old Shoes Back to Life
If you have a pair of sorry looking leather shoes or trainers, turn to toothpaste to get them looking fine again. Just apply the toothpaste directly to the dirtiest spots. Then, take an old toothbrush and scrub with a generous amount of pressure. Throw them in a bucket of cold water or splash them with a hose to remove the foam.
Relief for a Stinging Burn
The next time that you catch your wrist or finger on the stove, try applying a little toothpaste for a soothing and cooling solution. Make sure that you cover the burn in cold water immediately, as recommended, and then cover the affected area until the burn is contained within a minty barrier.
Clear Spots & Zits Quickly
This is a very old trick, so you might have heard of it before. If you develop a problem spot or zit on your face, you can dry it out and speed up its ‘lifespan’ by covering it with a dab of toothpaste. Leave it in place overnight and wash it off in the morning.
Keep Nails Strong & Clean
You can use toothpaste to strengthen and clean your fingernails. All that you have to do is apply a little to a regular toothbrush (ideally not the one that you also brush your teeth with) and scrub gently over the tops. This is only recommended for people with healthy nails. If yours are already dry and prone to breaking, this could make them worse.
Treat Poison Ivy Stings
If you are unlucky enough to get a rash or a sting from contact with poison ivy, use toothpaste to take away the worst of the irritation. Just apply gently to the affected area and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Then, wash away carefully with cold soapy water. If necessary, repeat until the stinging sensations subside.
Eliminate Nasty Odors
It is easy to get left with smelly hands and fingers after cooking, especially with garlic, onions, fish, or other pungent ingredients. These odors can actually make their way into the skin cells, which is why they hang around for so long. Eliminate them quickly by scrubbing your fingertips with toothpaste.
Reduce the Appearance of Bruises
If you have a nasty bruise and you are keen to get rid of it as soon as possible, mix together a combination of skin lotion (any kind of skin cream) and toothpaste. Apply the solution to the bruise and cover it with a large band aid, so that it does not stain sheets. Leave it overnight and wash off in the morning. Repeat for another two nights or until the bruise has subsided.
Remove Gum from Hair
To get chewing gum out of hair fast and with little fuss, spread toothpaste over the affected patches. This will be messy, but worthwhile. As the toothpaste is designed to break down the sugar contained in stuff like chewing gum, you should be able to lift it right out after a while.
Tidy Up Messy Dye Patches
Everybody gets those little patches of color on the skin when they dye their hair. It is near impossible to make sure that none of the color solution touches the skin, especially when there is so much of it. The dye will stain the skin, but you can use small dabs of toothpaste to reverse the process and clean the hairline.
After a while, even high quality linoleum can develop scuffs and marks from the passage of feet. You can remove these by applying toothpaste to a dry cloth and using it to scrub the marks away. Rinse when cold water when you are finished.
Remove Carpet Stains
There are few things as frustrating as a stain on a carpet, especially if you have spent a lot of money on it. But, the good news is that you can use toothpaste to make stains on carpets and soft furnishings vanish for good. Apply toothpaste directly to the stain and then scrub at it with a firm brush. This works particularly well on ink, makeup, and grass stains.
Make Crayon Marks Disappear
It can be tough to keep little ones from making their mark on wallpaper. If your tiny monster has created an artwork in precisely the wrong place, remove it safely with toothpaste. It will not damage paint or wallpaper, so it is a really effective solution. Treat the crayon marks and then leave them to rest for a day – wash off with cold water.
Give Silver Jewelry Some Sparkle
You can give silver jewelry and accessories some real sparkle by rubbing them with toothpaste. Leave them overnight to rest and then wipe clean with a soft cloth in the morning. This should really make your jewelry shine.
Improve the Look of Diamonds
You can even make diamonds look prettier with a little bit of toothpaste. Just take an old toothbrush, add a pea sized amount, and sprinkle with a little water. Use this mixture to gently scrub at the face of the diamond. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. You should never use this method for cleaning pearls, as it will damage them.
Eradicate CD/DVD Scratches
While this will probably not work for very deep scratches, it can reduce the impact of shallow marks and scuffs. Apply a thin layer of toothpaste to the shiny surface of the disc. Using your fingertips, stroke the toothpaste gently, so that it moves slowly to the outside edges of the disc. Rinse with cold water. You must make sure to run in circular motions, from the inside out. Avoid back and forth gestures and do not apply too much pressure.
Keep Piano Keys Clean
Piano keys get dirty quickly, because the oil from fingertips accumulates on their surface. This then draws in dust and dirt. You can use toothpaste to clean the keys by wiping gently with a soft cloth. Once clean, take a second (lint free) cloth and wipe until dry again.
Clean Baby Bottles & Containers
It is not uncommon for baby bottles to develop a slightly sour odor of old milk. But, you can get rid of this with a little toothpaste and a regular bottle scrubbing tool. You must rinse the bottles out very thoroughly afterwards, because ingesting too much fluoride can cause sickness in babies.
Make Straighteners More Efficiently
If you use hair straighteners, you have probably noticed that, as they age, they start to develop a grimy coating on the surface of their plates. This is caused by a build-up of everything from hair spray to mousse, shampoo, gel, and anything else that you might put in your hair. To remove it, let the silica in toothpaste gently ease it off the plates.
De-fog and De-mist Goggles
A lot of keen swimmers will be aware of this handy little trick. Rub a small amount of toothpaste on the lenses of goggles to remove that misty, foggy effect. You can also use this technique to get rid of foggy patches on hard contact lenses, but you do have to have a steady hand and a good eye for this – too much pressure can cause damage.