Toothpaste has a laundry list of uses beyond cleaning teeth; starting with laundry itself! For something so inexpensive, it sure does a lot of great things.
1. Remove stains – Toothpaste is great for removing stains in laundry and on carpet. Put a small amount directly on the stain. Gently brush in and let stand. Avoid whitening toothpastes as they can remove color. You may also want to do a test spot just to be safe.
2. Cleaning DVDs and CDs – If you have scratched and dirty DVDs and CDs toothpaste is the answer. If a disc won’t play, try squeezing a small amount of toothpaste on the disc. Use a soft cloth and rub it in gently, especially focusing on scratches. Rinse thoroughly and buff dry.
3. Clean foggy headlights – Squeeze a quarter-size amount on a soft cloth. Rub it into the headlight. Rinse thoroughly and buff dry. It will help to remove the dirt and fill in the dings to lessen or eliminate the haze. (This can also work on foggy goggles.)
4. Remove scuffs – If your tennis shoes look a little dingy, you can use toothpaste to remove the scuffs on the white part of the soles of tennis shoes. You can also try whitening toothpaste for extra brightness. Careful not to get that whitening toothpaste on the canvas as it can remove color.
5. Treat blemishes – Put a small amount on any pimple and leave on the blemish overnight. Be sure to wash it off in the morning.
6. Clean Fingernails – If your old nail polish has left your nails stained and discolored, try using toothpaste to clean them. Put a small amount of peroxide toothpaste on a toothbrush and scrub under the nails and around the cuticles.
7. Remove crayon on the walls – Don’t want to buy the pricey magic erasers? Toothpaste is a gentle cleaner that can remove the coloring without affecting paint. However, You may also want to do a test spot just to be safe.
8. Fill Holes – On the subject of walls, fill holes from screws, nails, and pins. After removing a picture or the like from the wall, use simple, white-colored toothpaste to fill the holes. It works like spackle/putty after drying.
9. Clean your jewelry – Rub a small amount of toothpaste into the jewelry and leave over night. Rinse thoroughly and buff dry. This is especially good for tarnished silver. Avoid using on plated jewelry and do not use on pearls or gemstones. It can remove the pearl finishes and leave stones looking cloudy.
10. Clean a Burned or Dirty Iron – Squeeze small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush and scrub the metal portion of the iron. Use a soft, damp cloth to buff clean. (Make sure it’s unplugged, please!)
What is your favorite unusual use for toothpaste? I’d love to hear more fabulous ideas!