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by Sarah M (subscribe)
A freelance writer living in Perth, WA. My blog is coming soon. Watch this space!
Published January 9th 2013
Toothpaste - not just for cleaning your teeth
Everyone knows that Toothpaste is a tube that lives in the bathroom. It's used to brush your teeth and keep them clean - right? Did you know that there are actually many other uses for toothpaste?

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1. Stain Remover. Apply toothpaste to stains on clothing and rub gently to remove the stain. Then wash clothing as usual.

2. Clean Jewellery. To make your silver jewellery shine like new, use toothpaste. Rub toothpaste onto the jewellery and leave overnight, then rub with a soft cloth. Don't use toothpaste on pearls as it will damage the finish.

3. Hand Scrub. Put a dab of toothpaste on your hands and scrub them clean. Great for removing strong food smells such as onions, fish or garlic from your hands.

4. Clean Walls. A dab of toothpaste will remove most marks, including crayon 'artwork', from your walls. Simple put some toothpaste on the area you wish to clean and rub gently with a damp cloth.

5. Clean Carpets. Apply toothpaste to stains and marks on carpets and rub gently with a brush, then rinse immediately.

6. Clean Shoes. To clean up your dirty sports shoes or scuffed leather shoes use a dab of toothpaste, scrub gently and rinse immediately.

7. Bites and Blisters. Put a dab of toothpaste on weeping or itchy wounds from insect bites or blisters. The toothpaste can dry up the wound and speed up healing plus it can help to lessen any swelling.

8. Pimples. Speed up the healing of pesky pimples with a tiny dab of toothpaste before going to bed. The toothpaste will dry up the pimple like magic.

9. Cleaning. Toothpaste is a very effective cleaning product for your bathroom sink, it's also great for shining up the chrome taps.

10. Clean Irons. Toothpaste is great for getting the gunk off the bottom of your iron. Apply a dab of toothpaste to the plate of your iron, when it's cool, and rub gently, then rinse well.

These are a just few suggestions. Use toothpaste sparingly and remember to rinse well after use. Gel and non-gel toothpaste will work differently and whitening toothpaste may have a bleaching effect. It's a good idea to test the toothpaste first before using on precious items just to ensure that there is no damage.
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also great to get permanent hair colour, stains off the skin.
by conni (score: 0|6) 2008 days ago
Toothpaste is also fantastic for repairing scratched CDs on the cheap. It works as a plastic polish to polish down scratches on the shiny/plastic side of the disk.
by Lucas Berezy (score: 0|4) 2005 days ago
also great to get permanent hair colour, stains off the skin.
by conni (score: 0|6) 2008 days ago
Haha, yes I remember my cousin insisting that toothpaste would remove lovebites/hickeys overnight - unfortunately It didn't work for me :(

I will give the carpet cleaning a go with toothpaste - obviously just use white toothpaste though - not the stripey red with blue varieties!
by Daywalker (score: 1|45) 2010 days ago
I knew a few of these, but you've given me ideas for using toothpaste more...
Didn't know the carpet cleaning; but knew it was great for cleaning grout.
When I checked if you had the use for toothpaste, they used when I was at school - you didn't have it. Now not that it was used this way by me, but I know at least one girl who had to revert to using toothpaste for this: ' hickeys' or 'lovebites' will go overnight apparently, after only one application of toothpaste, but I'm not swearing to it!!! Not me. Do they even get those these days, in high school???? Heaven forbid.
by curiouser&curiouser (score: 2|526) 2015 days ago
I swear by toothpaste on pimples! Do you think it would work on scratched up sunnies?? Gonna give it a whirl.
by Nathalie (score: 1|44) 2015 days ago
handy tips!
by Joy (score: 3|1890) 1997 days ago
I've used Colgate toothpaste on the car for years as fantastic buffer to make chrome gleam, as well as removing bird-poo, tree-sap spits and tar from duco of the Mazda and the Mercedes. Use a soft cloth and a little toothpaste on the cloth & gently rub in small circles. Then buff with another soft cloth. Lovely!
It's an old panel-beater's trick!!
by fluffynut (score: 2|843) 1992 days ago
When I was in the military (USMC), we had web belts. When the belts needed replacement they looked kinda dorky, and brownish. So, to make them look "salty", we'd wash the new belt, and then, while it was still wet, cover it with toothpaste, and leave it sit over night. And presto-chango, the belt was whitened enough to look like it was already a month old.
by admin (score: 0|2) 1991 days ago
We used to dab it on cold sores.
by Rmisc (score: 0|5) 1992 days ago
It can also be used on watch faces that are scratched, just a little bit on and rub into the glass. Should work instantly on minor scratches x
by kathr (score: 0|6) 2017 days ago
Toothpaste on the old hickey, yes does work, however burns the absolute heck out of your skin. that was many years ago.
by justp (score: 0|2) 2011 days ago
I had never considered there were so many uses!
by Alicia Strous (score: 1|37) 2015 days ago
I have used toothpaste on my silver keychain that I lost hope to re-shine, but it worked.
thank you sara, great article
by Rania H (score: 1|61) 1977 days ago
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