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Uses for toothpaste

By on August 9, 2012
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Toothpaste is a common stockpile item in frugal households, and for good reason. It can often be bought on sale, and its mild abrasiveness makes it work wonders not only on your teeth, but around your home, too. What ways have you used toothpaste in your home?
Here are a few uses for white (non-gel) toothpaste:

 

Prevent foggy swim goggles:

Rub toothpaste on your diving mask/swim goggles to prevent fogging. Apply regular toothpaste to the lenses and rinse them. This will sound gross, but rubbing saliva on them works well, too. Give them a light rinse afterward. You can also fill a squirt bottle with a mixture of one part baby shampoo and two parts water. Apply the mixture and lightly rinse.

Fog-free mirrors:

To keep your bathroom mirror from fogging up, put shaving cream on it and wipe it off, or apply toothpaste with a damp cloth and wipe it off.

Chrome cleaner:

Toothpaste is great for cleaning chrome. Smear it on, rub with a damp cloth, then rinse and buff with a dry cloth until it shines.

Clean a flat screen:

Use a microfiber cloth. Flannel works well, too. Dampen the cloth with either water or water mixed with vinegar or isopropyl alcohol. To prevent damage, don’t press hard or spray product directly on the screen. Another reader, Kellie J., from Indiana, shares: “My son scribbled on my computer screen with permanent marker. I wasn’t sure how I would ever remove it, but I used rubbing alcohol and it came right off. After I admitted what happened to my husband, he said I could have used a little toothpaste or a pencil eraser, too.”

Remove crayon on wall:

If you have a few scribbles to clean off a painted wall, try toothpaste and a damp cloth.

Water marks:

Have a water mark or ring on your table? Apply toothpaste and lightly scrub with a damp cloth to remove it.

Whiten nails from dark polish:

If you forgot to apply a base coat and your polish stained your nails, use some toothpaste to remove the staining. One reader, Penny from Kentucky, shares: “Use whitening toothpaste for toes that get stained from dark nail polish. I used a nailbrush, but an old toothbrush would work. Scrub and rinse.”
Along the same lines, if you cut onions and the smell lingers on your hands, you can do a quick scrub and wash to make your hands smell better and clean your fingernails at the same time.

Quick zit fix:

This isn’t intended for anyone with skin sensitivities or ongoing skin problems. With that said, a dab of toothpaste can sometimes help with the occasional bug bite or pimple. Another reader, Juls from New York, shares: “Put a small amount of toothpaste on the problem area before you go to sleep at night. Wash with cold water in the morning. It has the same effect as those pore pads. This dries your skin and gives good results.”

Clean shoes:

Apply toothpaste to leather sneakers and rubber soles, then scrub with a damp cloth or toothbrush to remove scuff marks.

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