There’s a wonder product sitting in your bathroom cabinet. Yes, it’s toothpaste and you don’t only have to use it to brush your teeth. Toothpaste has some amazing household and personal uses. These 16 toothpaste uses will have you reaching for a tube next time you’re in a pickle.
1. Get Rid of Zits
To get rid of pimples quickly apply a small amount of toothpaste- on a clean face- directly over the affected area. Cover with a band aid and leave on your face overnight. This should minimize the appearance of the zit and have it cleared up in a few short days.
2. Get Chewing Gum Out of Your Hair
Having chewing gum in your hair can be a real pain. Before you think of cutting it out reach for some toothpaste. Spread the toothpaste over the areas where the gum is, leave it on for a while and then try removing it. This should work as toothpaste breaks down the sugar in the gum making it easier to remove.
3. Keep Your Fingernails Strong and Clean
Use toothpaste on your fingernails to keep them strong and clean. Apply a very small amount of toothpaste to a toothbrush or soft cloth then gently rub it over your fingernails. Once completed rinse or wipe off. If you fingernails are dry and break frequently then don’t use this method as it’s only going to make them worse.
4. Remove Dye from Your Hairline
Having dye along your hairline is a part of the dying process we’d all like to avoid. Next time this happens to you rub some toothpaste along your hairline and rinse out.
5. Get Rid of Those Unwanted Odors
Garlic, fish and onions are known to make your hands stink. Don’t reach for soap if this happens to you, instead rub some toothpaste on your fingertips and rinse out. This will certainly remove the odor.
6. Slick Down Your Cowlicks
If you’ve run out of gel but still want your cowlick slicked down. Take a very small amount of gel toothpaste and apply to your hair. This will give you the sleek look you’re after.
7. Remove Scratches from Your CDs and DVDs
Scratches on your CDs and DVDs prevent them from playing correctly. Remedy this by applying a thin layer of toothpaste on the reflective side of the disc. In circular motions use your fingertips to move the toothpaste to the outside edges of the disc. Be sure no to apply too much pressure, rinse the disc with cold water and it should be ready to be used once it’s dry.
8. Stop Your Shower Mirror from Becoming Foggy
Before you shower apply some non-gel toothpaste to your shower mirror, lightly coating it with a cloth. After that wipe it away with a clean cloth. You should notice your bathroom mirror won’t be foggy after you’ve showered.
9. Remove Crayon Marks from Your Walls
Squeeze some non-gel toothpaste onto your walls before using a cloth or scrubbing brush to scrub the areas that have the crayon marks on them. Afterward rinse with water.
10. Deodorize Your Babies Bottle
To remove that rancid milk smell from your baby’s bottle, place some water and toothpaste into the bottle and shake. Let the solution out and wash as usual, this should eliminate the odor and have your babies bottle smelling fresh.
11. Get Your Chrome Fixtures to Shine
Squirt some toothpaste onto a cleaning rag and polish your chrome fixtures I.e faucets and doorknobs etc. Remove the toothpaste residue with a clean, damp cloth. This will get your chrome fixtures looking as good as new.
12. Get Rid of Carpet Stains
Carpet stains can be frustrating but toothpaste can help you get rid of grass, makeup, ink and other stains on your carpet. Apply the toothpaste directly to the carpet and using a scrubbing brush “vigorously” scrub the affected area. Then grab a bucket of water and a cloth to remove the foamy solution from your carpet.
Car and Outdoor Uses
13. Get Your Garden Furniture to Shine
Plastic garden furniture doesn’t have to be a hassle to clean. Simply mix some toothpaste and water to form a paste and apply that solution to your plastic garden furniture. Continue cleaning until all the stains have been removed.
14. Shine Your Cars Headlights
Next time you’re cleaning your car rub a generous amount of toothpaste on your headlights. Using a soft cloth polish your headlights. This method works well in removing scuff marks and scratches.
15. Put Up Posters
If you want to put up a poster but don’t want to leave behind any marks when you take it down, try applying some toothpaste to the corners and edges of your posters and then stick ’em up.
16. Give Your Cellphone Screen a Facelift
After using your cellphone for a while you’re going to notice scratches and dirt build up on the screen. Get rid of this by applying some toothpaste to the tip of your finger. Then rub gently over the affected areas. Wipe away the residue with a damp cloth and wait for the screen to dry.
These toothpaste uses will make your life easier. So try them out and see if they work for you.
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