By Emily Woodbury
Last week we asked you to tell us how you use Windex around your house or RV other than to clean glass. Now we’re asking you the same question, except this time with toothpaste. How else do you use toothpaste other than to brush your teeth? Here are a few great ideas:
1. “Toothpaste works well at cleaning chrome,” writes Dennis Gardiner. Apply a small amount to a cloth, rub it on in a thin, even layer and watch the chrome sparkle!
2. “I use toothpaste instead of Preparation H. Much cheaper, but do not apply with your toothbrush.” —Barry Townes. Yes, folks, please do not apply with your tooth-brushin’ toothbrush.
3. I heard years ago that using toothpaste to remove a scratch from the face of a watch works. I never tried it until recently, and it did work. It didn’t remove the scratch, but it made it far less visible. —Jay Bradley
3.5. *According to some quick Internet research, toothpaste also works great for scratched up CDs, DVDs or even your phone screen. Apply it in a thin layer to the disc or screen and rub it in. Wipe it clean, and just like Jay’s watch, the scratches should be much less visible.
4. I’ve been putting toothpaste on my itchy bug bites for years. It works as well as any other anti-itch lotion! —Lorie H.
And a few other ways to use toothpaste, according to our other friends on the World Wide Web:
5. Use it to get rid of water marks and rings on wood furniture.
6. It also helps to get rid of permanent marker on wood surfaces or furniture.
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7. Toothpaste helps to get gum out of hair! Did the kiddo get gum stuck in their hair? Use toothpaste to get it out! Apply a hefty amount of toothpaste to the hair where the gum is. Massage it in until the toothpaste is thoroughly blended. Wait for it to fully dry, then slowly pull the gum out of the hair. The toothpaste should make it much easier!
8. It will polish your silverware! Rub a small amount of toothpaste onto each silver piece with a cloth and watch the tarnish disappear!
9. Zap away cold sores! The toothpaste with dry out the cold sore (it’s even better if your toothpaste has baking soda in it), and help it heal faster.
10. Use it to get crayon off your wall. Apply a generous amount of toothpaste to the crayon marks on your wall. Let it sit for a minute before wiping the toothpaste and wax off your walls.
11. Use it on your hands to get smelly odors such as fish or garlic off. Bet no one has ever told you to wash your hands with toothpaste before, have they? Well, we only suggest doing this if you’ve got a stinky smell lingering on your fingers, but it really works!
12. Toothpaste will remove tarnish from jewelry. Just like the silverware trick, use a little bit of toothpaste on your jewels, and the tarnish will rub right off.
13. Make your shoes look brand-new. Using an old toothbrush, apply a small amount of toothpaste to your white sneaker soles. Scrub for a few minutes, then wipe away. The soles of your shoes should be white again! Toothpaste also helps to remove scuff marks on leather or vinyl shoes.
14. Use it to remove soap scum in your bathtub and shower. Put a little bit of toothpaste on a damp cloth and rub it in. Rinse with a wet cloth and watch all that yucky scum fly down the drain!
15. Clean a curling iron or hair straightener. If you spend time curling or straightening your hair, you know your appliances can collect a lot of built-up hair products over time. Apply a little bit of toothpaste and strip it of all those products. It’ll be as good as new!
16. Forget buying a kit – use it to clean your headlights! Using a small amount of toothpaste on a sponge will not only get rid of grime and insects but, as we mentioned above, it will also rid of any small scratch marks.
If you didn’t get to share your ideas before, leave a comment if you know of any other ways to use toothpaste. Thanks!