9 Surprising Alternative Uses for Toothpaste

Everyone knows that toothpaste cleans your teeth and brightens your smile, but did you know it can do the same for many products around your house? Non-gel toothpaste, which is usually white and milky in color, can double as a cleaning product for shining, deodorizing, and cleaning up household messes. And since you probably already have several tubes lying around the house, there is no need to go out and buy more cleaning products, which may contain harsher chemicals than the job requires. Click through our online gallery to learn about usual uses for toothpaste that can freshen up your day.

  1. Clean the Sink

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    It’s natural to drop some globs of toothpaste in the bathroom sink while brushing your teeth. Next time this happens, take the opportunity to clean the sink by scrubbing those stray drops of toothpaste using a sponge, paper towel, or even your finger.

  2. Out of the Fog

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    A foggy mirror can be a big hassle when you need it to get ready after taking a shower. Rubbing a non-gel toothpaste on the mirror and then wiping it off just before using the shower will prevent fog from clinging to it, so don’t need to waste precious time waiting for the bathroom to air out.

  3. Shoe Shine

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    Just can brighten up an old pair of sneakers in a breeze. You can even use an old toothbrush to really scrub out the rubber grooves and soles of the shoes. Wipe the shoes clean with a wet rag afterwards, and you are ready to run.

  4. Iron it Out

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    Nothing is worse than ironing a clean shirt only to dirty it from the gunky build-up on the bottom of the iron. Luckily, a filthy iron can be cleared up with toothpaste. With the iron cool and unplugged, scrub the bottom with toothpaste on a rag and wipe the surface clean. Simple but effective!

  5. Erase Crayon from the Wall

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    Are your kids a little too creative with their artwork? A scrub brush and a little toothpaste is the perfect way to remove waxy crayon stains from the walls without hurting the paint. And because the process is simple and non-toxic, you can even have your little ones scrub away the mess themselves.

  6. Remove Water Rings

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    A misplaced beverage at a party can leave ugly water rings on hardwood furniture. Combat this by gently rubbing non-gel toothpaste over the stain until it lightens or disappears. Just don’t rub the area for too long or you may discolor the rest of the wood.

  7. Polish Metal

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    Dirt and grime can easy build up on your metal jewelry, chrome appliances, and door knobs. Toothpaste can gently brighten and clean these surfaces in a jiffy. Simply scrub with a wet rag, then wash clean for a brilliant sparkle.

  8. Rescue DVDs

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    A scratched DVD isn't the end of your movie collection. It is possible to save your favorite flick by dabbing a tiny bit of toothpaste onto the scratch and rubbing it all over the disk in circles with a soft towel. Wipe away the excess with a slightly wet towel and you are ready to press play.

  9. Remove the Stench

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    Toothpaste has a magical way of zapping tough odors out of plastic food storage containers. Get rid of that sour smell by spreading on some toothpaste, scrubbing, and washing the residue down the drain.

  10. Fresh Home

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    Toothpaste is one of those common household items that just so happens to work in other weird ways. Since it’s something that’s always on-hand, it makes a great substitute for when you’re missing a cleaning product or tool you might need.

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