Toothpaste isn’t just for brushing
The combination of a mild abrasive and an antibacterial agent makes toothpaste a potent stain-fighter.
Use regular white paste, not gel or variations made for tartar control and whitening since these have additional abrasives.
1. Acrylic accessories (like plastic desk items):
Squeeze toothpaste onto a cloth and work it into the scratches until they fade. Wipe off the residue with a clean cloth.
Find out how to use toothpaste to fight acne here.
3. Bug bite relief:
When a bug bite has you itching, dab on some toothpaste for instant relief.
My four-year old is a mosquito magnet. Can’t wait to try this.
4. CD/DVD scratches:
Toothpaste can repair minor scratches on a CD/DVD. Put a dab on a cloth and wipe the scratches in the direction from the center hole to the edge. Make sure you get all the toothpaste off before playing it again by buffing it with a clean cloth.
A few Gamecube games were revived this way at my house.
5. Chrome fixtures:
To polish faucets and taps in the kitchen or bathroom, smear a dime-size amount of toothpaste onto them. Buff with a soft cloth until they shine.
I tried this on my shower’s chrome and it works!
6. Crayon marks:
Use paste to remove crayon marks. Clean area with a damp cloth.
Get the foggy film off goggles using some toothpaste. Buff until the plastic is clear again.
Apply a dab of toothpaste and work it into the plate of a steam iron to get rid of mineral deposits. Use a clean cloth to remove residue.
9. Jewelry cleaner:
Use an old toothbrush and a dab of toothpaste to gently brush your dull jewelry. Rinse and polish with a clean cloth to bring back its shine.
Don’t use on 18k gold, pearls, or other softer jewelry as it is abrasive and could damage the surface.
10. Nail hole filler:
Use toothpaste like putty to fill small holes in the wall.
11. Piano keys:
Rub each key carefully with a damp cotton swab or cloth and a dab of toothpaste. Wipe dry and buff with a clean cloth. They will shine white again.
I tried this but didn’t notice a difference, but my keys weren’t really yellow with age. However, the piano smells minty fresh. I’m sure this works well with older pianos.
12. Rubber soles of shoes:
Clean up those scuffs with some toothpaste.
13. Stains on clothes and carpets:
Rub a little toothpaste on the stain and rinse. Some stains may take a few tries.
Doesn’t work with all fabrics.
14. Scuffed linoleum:
Scrub scuff marks with toothpaste and a dry cloth until no toothpaste residue remains.
15. Tarnished silverware:
Remove tarnish with a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth. Rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.