There are some surprising and unusual uses for toothpaste beyond brushing your teeth with it. From small household jobs to skincare, we’ve found some of the best ways to make the most of your toothpaste.
Polishing – Toothpaste isn’t just for polishing your teeth, it can be used to polish silver and give diamonds a new shine. For silverware, massage non-abrasive toothpaste onto the item, leave overnight, then gently wipe clean in the morning. Diamonds can be scrubbed gently with the paste, a toothbrush, and water. Fine silvers and perals should not be cleaned with this method, as it will damage their finish.
Bathroom cleaning – Toothpaste is excellent for cleaning chrome and removing scum from shower doors. Simply squeeze some non-abrasive toothpaste onto a sponge or soft cloth and wipe the desired area. For awkward stains, leave the toothpaste on for a short while before wiping it off.
Clean Shoes – Toothpaste can remove marks and scuff from leather shoes with a quick wipe with a damp cloth. The rubber part of trainers can be re-whitened with any non-gel toothpaste using the same method. Use an old toothbrush if you need to get into the ridges.
Stain Remover – Depending on the fabric and what caused the stain, toothpaste can work like magic, especially against lipstick, ink and grass stains. Scrub a non-gel toothpaste onto the stain with an old, clean toothbrush, rinse and repeat as necessary. Bear in mind that whitening toothpaste can bleach coloured fabric.
Clean Crayon Marks – Crayon marks can be removed from painted walls with a dab of toothpaste and a quick rub with a damp cloth. Test in a small, non-obvious area of the wall first to see if the toothpaste has any reactions with the wall.
Prevent Goggle from Fogging – If you use goggles for leisure or work, then you’ll know the hassle of having them fog up. Put a tiny bit of toothpaste in each lens, rub gently and wash thoroughly. Avoid abrasive toothpastes as they could damage the lens.
Clean Appliance Seals – The rubber seals on fridges, freezers and cookers can be easily cleaned and brought back to their original whiteness with toothpaste and an old toothbrush.
Remove Watermarks – A quick, gentle wipe with a damp cloth and a non-gel toothpaste can work magic on removing watermark rings from furniture surfaces.
Remove Burn Stains from Irons – Remove the brown, burned crust from both clothes and hair irons. Wipe the cooled surface with a non-gel toothpaste, scrub gently, then rinse and repeat if necessary.
Freshen Plastic – Plastic bottles and storage boxes can get a bit stale over time through storage and general use. Scrub them with toothpaste, then leave for a short while before rinsing thoroughly to remove the smell and freshen them up.
Remove Marks from Linoleum – A bit of toothpaste, scrubbed with a dry cloth and rinsed away can help remove scuff marks.
Tackle Blemishes – A small amount of toothpaste applied to blemishes, left overnight and washed out in the morning can help dry out problem spots.
Soothe Minor Irritations – The cooling and drying properties of toothpaste can help soothe bug bites from ants or mosquitoes. Toothpaste can be used on bee stings, but development of serious, allergic symptoms should be treated immediately by a doctor. Toothpaste can also be used in a similar way for minor rashes, blisters and sores.
Remove Chewing Gum – Toothpaste helps to break down the sugars in chewing gum, making it perfect for removing it from clothes and hair. Simply spread the toothpaste on the affected area and leave it for a short while. Repeat if necessary.
Heal Bruises – Mix toothpaste and a moisturiser into a paste and apply to the affected area. This is best done overnight, so protect the area with a bandage or cloth to prevent damage to sheets. Doing this for a few days will help the bruise fade much more quickly.
Remove Smells from Hands – Toothpaste is great for removing smells from your mouth, and it’s equally great for freshening hands. This is especially effective if you’ve been handling pungent products such as onions and garlic.