It whitens your teeth, removes cavities and leaves your mouth with a fresh breath. But did you know toothpaste can be used in so many ways other than brushing your teeth? Today’s article combines 10 amazing toothpaste hacks that you didn’t know.
Just a pointer, use regular toothpaste rather than gels or whiteners. They contain bleach which can affect your skin. Most of these uses will surprise you and you can start applying them right now. Here we go.
1. Stained Carpets
If you accidentally stain your expensive carpet, you don’t need to worry. The solution is lying around in your bathroom. Get the toothpaste and squeeze it directly on the stain. Gently scrub the stain with a brush and then rinse with a damp cloth. This works wonders for ink stains, grass stains and makeup stains.
2. Remove Stains from Clothes
For stains like coffee spills, lipstick, ink stains and shirt collar stains, apply the toothpaste on the stain mix with a little amount of water. Rub the stain vigorously before washing the clothes the normal way or throwing them in the machine washer.
3. Remove Crayon Markings
Your little angels have a habit of scribbling everywhere using crayons. While they find this artwork enjoyable, they leave terrible markings on the walls and floors. But, you can safely remove those markings with toothpaste. Apply the toothpaste on the markings and then leave them on for a minimum of two hours. Rinse off with a damp cloth.
4. Remove Scratches from DVDs or CDs
If you still have your favorite games or music on DVD or CD disk, you can still rescue them using toothpaste. Buff the scratches slowly using your fingertips. Make sure you apply a thin layer of toothpaste in circular motions from the inside out. Rinse with cold water. It’s important to be gentle and avoid running your fingers in any direction.
5. Baby Bottles and Containers with a Sour Odor
Baby bottles develop that sour old milk odor after frequent use. Similarly, milk containers have that sour smell which can refuse to lift off even when scrubbed thoroughly. Toothpaste is the solution. Apply the toothpaste on a regular bottle scrubber and apply a little amount of water. Scrub the bottle and rinse it thoroughly to remove all traces of fluoride which could be harmful to your baby. This should get rid of that sour smell.
6. Clean Piano Keys
Pianists love their keyboards and whether the piano is used for practice or concerts, they need to look and feel clean. To keep the white and black keys shiny, all you need is your regular toothpaste.
Using a damp cotton swab, apply a little toothpaste and gently rub each key. The process might be slow and tiring, but the end result will be impressive.
7. Relieve Blisters, Soreness and Bug Bites
Bugs are everywhere, especially when you go camping. The stings get itchy and make you uncomfortable. To cool down the itchiness, apply a little toothpaste directly to the affected part. This also works for bee stings but should be a temporary solution until you seek medical attention. The same applies for blisters and sores. However, never apply toothpaste to open wounds as the chemicals in the toothpaste may react and cause more damage. Additionally, remember whitening toothpaste contains bleach which may affect your wounds negatively.
8. Clear Spots fast
This old trick still works magic. Toothpaste is an efficient remedy for pimples and works as fast as overnight. Toothpaste absorbs the oil from pimples and dehydrates them, thereby, reducing the inflammation. To treat pimples, dab a small amount of toothpaste directly to the pimples and leave it to dry. For better results, leave it overnight. Wash off using warm water and apply a moisturizer to replenish the dry skin.
9. Remove Sticky Chewing Gum from Your Hair
There’s nothing as tricky as removing chewing gum from your hair. Kids can play pranks on each other or your little one could decide to damp the chewing gum on your hair. Before you take that pair of scissors to cut the hair, get your innocent toothpaste.
Spread the toothpaste over the chewing gum and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. The toothpaste breaks down the sugar in the chewing gum, hence loosening the stickiness. This should make it easy to lift off the gum from your hair.
10. Brighten Your Headlights
Over time, headlights get scratched, dirty or foggy. You might realize that they aren’t as bright as they used to. The solution is easy and cheap. Simply rub a glob of toothpaste using a soft paper towel or cotton cloth and buff in a circular motion. This trick also works for the tiny scratches on your smartphone or watch. Apply a tiny blob of toothpaste to a soft cloth and rub gently. What other weird uses can you add about toothpaste? We’d love to hear about it.
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