21 unexpected uses for a tube of toothpaste

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Toothpaste is a daily essential for almost every single person on this planet. It whitens, brightens, cleans your teeth and tongue but did you know it has many other uses? From household cleaning to beauty uses, prepare to be intrigued by this interesting list of uses.

Now, I haven’t tried all of these myself so please let me know your thoughts – what actually works and which are just Pinterest myths? Share in the comments section below.

1. Cheapskate zit zapper

You might think this is an old wives tale, but classic toothpaste (not gel) really does make an efficient spot reducer. It help dry up a spot and reduce the inflammation around the area. Simply dab on, leave to dry then wash off. You can leave it on overnight but be sure to replenish the lost moisture with plenty of cream the next day.

2. Remove nail polish stains

Quick-drying nail polish is fantastic when you want manicured nails in a hurry, but not so much when you want to remove it! Nail polishes these days tend to leave an unsightly staining on your nails. Instead of weakening your nails with heaps of nail polish remover, apply some whitening toothpaste to your finger nails and brush off.

A great little beauty hack.
A great little beauty hack.

3. Relieve bug bites, sores and blisters

Toothpaste can help stop the itching associated with bites and decrease any swelling. Relieve an itchy bug bite with just a smidgen of cooling gel toothpaste. It can also help speed up the healing process on weeping wounds. Keep a travel-sized tube in your first aid box.

4. Soothe a minor burn

Just nicked yourself on the hair straighteners or the edge of a hot pan?Quick – apply some toothpaste into the area to deliver a temporary cooling effect.

5. Clean your fingernails and keep them strong

Toothpaste is an excellent way to keep your nails looking clean and feeling strong. Simply scrub the underneath and tops of fingernails with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

6. Rescue a scratched DVD or CD disk

Favourite old DVD scratched? Don’t fret, grab the toothpaste and a clean cloth and gently buff the scratch. For a full how-to with photos check out wikiHow.

Keep the humble DVD alive and well.
Keep the humble DVD alive and well.

7. Get rid of food smells from your hands

If you’ve been chopping up garlic and onion or handling pungent cheese and fish, it can permeate your skin making the smell linger for longer. Scrubbing your hands with some toothpaste will help clean deep down and remove all traces of whiffy smells.

8. Revive dirty trainers

If your trainers have white rubber trims that have become discoloured over time, grab some white toothpaste (no colours or gels) apply directly to the dirty area with a cloth. Buff and rinse thoroughly to reveal whiter looking shoes. Rather than continually popping them into the washing machine, this trick will help them last longer.

9. Make silver jewellery sparkle

Use a tiny amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush to gently buff clean your silver jewellery and diamonds. Rinse thoroughly after and wipe clean with a cloth.

10. Brighten your headlights

Rub it on with a damp paper towel and gently buff in a circular motion. A great tip I discovered online that actually works. For more fantastic tips on how to keep your car clean, check out Colleen’s 21 smart tips on how to clean and organise your car.

Save yourself a trip to Halfords,
Save yourself a trip to Halfords,

11. Smooth out scratches on a watch face or your phone

If you have some tiny scratches on your watch face, simply buff them with a pinch of toothpaste and you soon won’t be able to tell they’re there. You can also try it this out on your mobile phone.

12. Remover permanent marker

Grab a good old original Colgate white toothpaste and rub it on the areas that have permanent marker. Buff with an old rag and the permanent marker should lift off. You can try it on white goods surfaces, floors, walls, TV screens and iPads. It also works on crayon stains!

13. Block out any smells 

If you’re handling a particularly smelly situation – cleaning a nappy, putting out rubbish, cleaning dog poo – place two dots of toothpaste into each nostril. It’ll distract your sense of smell and you’ll be able to deal with the situation without gagging!

14. Remove scuffs from shoes

A little toothpaste goes a long away when it comes to scuffed up leather shoes. Just squirt a small bit on the scuffed area and rub with a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp one – easy! Did you know a banana skin also work well?

15. Clean piano keys

Tinkling of the old ivories got them looking grubby? Fear not, clean them up with toothpaste and a damp brush. Wipe clean with a cloth for a sparkling new set. This works on both ivory and plastic keys.

Bring your piano back to life.
Bring your piano back to life.

16. De-gunk your iron 

Gel toothpaste acts as the perfect mild abrasive for removing the gunk found on a well used iron. Apply a layer to your iron, scrub off with a clean rag and rinse well.

17. Prevent foggy goggles

Not sure what the science behind this is, but if you apply a thin layer to your swimming, woodwork, ski or scuba goggles then wipe clean, it should help prevent them from fogging up. Try it and see if it works.

18. Remove chewing gum from your hair

Spread some toothpaste over the offending chewing gum and let it sit for a few minutes. It will break down the sugar in the gum and help loosen the ‘stick’ so you’ll find it easier to gently pull out.

19. Clean up hair dye stains

If your hair dye has leaked onto your forehead or around your hairline as it so often does, grab some toothpaste and use it to scrub away any stains. Apparently you can also use this trick to get rid of tanning lotion stains on your palms and fingers – check out wikiHow for more ways to remove dye from skin.

Get rid of unsightly stains.
Get rid of unsightly stains.

20. Clean your bathroom sink

Next time a glob of toothpaste drops onto your sink, don’t wash it away! Grab a sponge and scrub it around the sink to help give it a quick clean. This natural abrasive acts like a gently bathroom cleaner and can help deodorise the drain too.

21. Whiten a keyboard

Have you got an Apple product or any other white keyboard? You’ll notice the keys get very grubby very quickly. Disconnect it and apply a small glob of white toothpaste to a cloth and gently buff each key. Stubborn stains should lift and your keyboard will appear brighter.

Editor

A keen money-saver and fan of all things natural, Anushka enjoys making her own beauty products and is partial to a bit of crafting. Never short of a clever tip or two, she's always looking for new ways to make her money go even further.

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