Household Hacks: Toothpaste

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Sure, you teach your kids good dental hygiene so as to avoid cavities, but what else is toothpaste good for? It may be more useful around the house than you think! Check out our household hacks for toothpaste below.

Note: Non-gel toothpaste generally works best with most of these household hacks.


Remove scuffs from shoes. Got some scuffs on your leather shoes? Just rub a little toothpaste on the scuff with a damp cloth and your shoes will be good as new! The same goes for cleaning the rubber part of your tennis shoes; just scrub the dirt away! (via Reader's Digest)

Clean clothes iron. It can be tough to get rid of all the gunk on the bottom of your iron. Before you iron your clothes next time, apply some toothpaste to the cool iron and scrub all that junk off with a sponge! (via Reader's Digest)

Polish jewelry. This can work for diamond rings, metal jewelry and almost anything in between! Just scrub a dab of toothpaste on with an old toothbrush and watch your jewelry clear up in no time. By the way, we might use toothpaste for our pearly whites, but you should NOT use it on actual pearls! (via Reader's Digest)

Deodorize baby bottles or Tupperware. There's no way around it: after a while, baby bottles start to smell like sour milk. Save yourself a couple bucks and just wash them out with toothpaste instead of throwing them away and buying new ones. The smell will come right out! The same goes for stinky Tupperware containers. (via Reader's Digest)

Shine chrome. Make sure those chrome faucets in your kitchen and bathroom are super shiny by wiping them down with a soft dry cloth and some toothpaste. They'll look brand new! Did you also know you could shine chrome with aluminum foil and dryer sheets? (via Reader's Digest)

Clean piano keys. To give your piano keys a shiny gleam, use an old toothbrush and scrub toothpaste all over the keys. Make sure to wipe them down with a wet cloth when you're done! (via Reader's Digest)

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Clean the bathroom sink. When you're finished with the faucet, continue your toothpaste cleaning spree onto the bathroom sink! Not only will it clean the sink, but it will also give it a fresh, clean smell. (via Reader's Digest)

Remove crayon from the wall. Toddlers are adorable, but they can also cause more trouble than we think they're capable of. Wipe the crayon marks down with a rag or sponge and some toothpaste. Make sure to rinse the wall well afterward. If you're short some toothpaste, you can also use some WD-40! (via Reader's Digest)

Remove watermarks. While some people may not understand how to use coasters, you now know how to get those pesky watermarks out of your wood furniture! Simply rub some toothpaste on the watermark with a soft cloth and let it dry before using any furniture polish. (via Reader's Digest)

Remove ink or lipstick stains from fabric. While this does depend on the kind of ink and fabric, it's worth a shot! Squirt some toothpaste onto the stain and rub the fabric together vigorously and rinse. If the stain appears a little lighter, repeat the process until it's gone! (via Reader's Digest)

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Bug Bite Treatment

Relieve bug bites. No anti-itch cream? No problem! Dab some toothpaste onto the mosquito bite and you'll feel relief immediately! Did you know dryer sheets also work to relieve bug bites?

Soothe bee stings. If you're short some baking soda and need a quick remedy to a bee sting, try dabbing some toothpaste onto it! Toothpaste works for bee stings in a similar way that it works for bug bites. It will take the edge off. Be sure to remove the stinger first, though! (via WiseBread)

Clear up pimples. Sometimes the simplest way to do something is the best way to do something. Avoid the expensive and intense acne treatments and try a little toothpaste! Make sure it's the non-whitening kind, and it works best on pimples that have come to a head. Dab a drop onto the blemish, leave it overnight and watch it disappear! You should be careful of this technique if you have sensitive skin. (via Reader's Digest)

Clean smells from your hands. Toothpaste freshens the smells in our mouths, so why wouldn't it work on our hands? Wash your hands with some toothpaste next time you have a less-than-appetizing stink stuck on your hands. (via Reader's Digest)

Fix your smartphone screen. This might sound crazy, but if you have a small scratch on your smartphone or tablet, it's worth a shot! Using your finger, rub a little bit of toothpaste on the scratch. The toothpaste acts as a gentle abrasive to help eliminate those pesky scratches. (via Apartment Therapy)

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Clean DVDs. Similar to the smartphone fix, toothpaste could salvage your favorite movies! Squeeze some toothpaste onto the scratch and rub it in a circular motion all over the disc using a soft dry cloth. (Via Bob Vila)

Do your nails. Nails are made of similar stuff our teeth are made from, so next time you're finished removing your nail polish, try scrubbing them with a little toothpaste! (via Gizmodo)

Remove soap scum. Squeeze some toothpaste onto a damp sponge and rub the soap scum away. If there's a heavy buildup, the toothpaste may have to soak into it for a few minutes before wiping it away. (via Gizmodo)

Use as a cold sore ointment. This remedy is best used as an overnight option so the toothpaste has time to work its magic on the cold sore. Just dab some on and close your eyes. Hopefully when you wake up your cold sore will be gone or a lot smaller! (via WiseBread)

Use as caulk. Got a pesky nail hole in the wall? Simply rub some toothpaste into it and smooth it out. If the spot is big enough, you will have to sand it before painting over it. (via Apartment Therapy)

What are some alternative ways you use toothpaste around the house? Share with us in the comments below!

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