Toothpaste is one of those household items that has literally dozens of different uses – plus, it's always on hand in your home! At least, I really hope so. It can make your life a lot easier, especially in terms of cleaning. Take a look at these 7 unique uses for toothpaste, and see if you don't become a believer!
1. Remove Scratches from Old CDs
I have personally tried this method, and it works wonders. What you need is a plain white toothpaste and a soft cloth, like an old tee shirt. By rubbing the toothpaste on scratched CDs, it buffs out the imperfections exponentially. I have several CDs that I thought were damaged beyond repair, and now they play without skipping!
2. Remove Scuffs from Shoes
Toothpaste will work on a lot of shoes, from sneakers to leather. I am hard on my shoes, I get scuffs all the time, so this could be a life saver. With sneakers and shoes like that, feel free to scrub, and then use a damp cloth to wipe away the residue. With leather shoes, a little dab will do you, then just rub it in with a soft cloth, and rinse with a damp one.
3. Clean Stains from Carpets, Walls, and Clothing
Toothpaste works great to remove stains on clothing and carpet, and can take crayon marks off the walls. With carpet, you can use a hard brush. With walls, you will want to use a damp cloth to rub the toothpaste over the marks. With clothing, put the paste on the stain and the rub the fabric together. Be firm! You might need to try this one a couple of times.
4. Keep Fingernails and Toenails Pristine
There's not many differences between teeth and nails, at least not as far as what they are made up. Using a fingernail brush and toothpaste, you can really get your fingernails and toenails super clean. Plus, it will shine them like nobody's business!
5. Shine Dull Looking Jewelry
Similarly, you can use toothpaste to shine up jewelry that has gotten dull looking. From plastic watch bands to gold or silver rings, you can shine up your jewelry in no time flat. I have used this method too, after making the mistake of wearing a white gold ring in a pool. The chlorine did a number on it, but the toothpaste fixed the damage!
6. Get Rid of Water Stains on Wood
You know how you sometimes forget to use a coaster and get a water ring on your desk or coffee table? Here's your solution! All you need to do is rub on some paste using a cloth, and then wipe it with a damp cloth. A little furniture polish to finish, and your surfaces will be good as new!
7. Use It on Skin
Last but not least, toothpaste can be used as a skincare option in several different ways. It can work to get rid of pimples overnight, by getting rid of a lot of the redness and drying out the blemish. You can use it on bee stings to soothe the pain. And, naturally, it will also work with other bug bites to soothe any itches.
Hooray for toothpaste! There are just the top 7 options I found. Do you know any other toothpaste secrets?
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