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Creative Ways to Use Toothpaste

If you walk into any coupon queen or king’s home and ask to see their stockpile, chances are you will see tubes upon tubes of toothpaste.  With many manufacturers offering $0.50-$1.00 off coupons that often double, many shoppers get their toothpaste for FREE, allowing them to stock up without paying a penny! So, what do you do with all of this toothpaste? Well, you can brush your teeth, but toothpaste has so many other uses you might not know about! Let me share with you some of the ways we use it in our household!

Remove Scuff Marks. Just a dab of toothpaste can remove scuff marks from your favorite pair of leather shoes. Just stick a little on the scuff marks, rub the area with a soft cloth, and wipe clean with a damp cloth. You will keep them looking like new.

Clean Rubber Soles on Sneakers. Dab a little of the non-gel variety on one of your old toothbrushes to clean and whiten the rubber soles of your tennis shoes. Finish by taking a damp cloth to wipe clean.

Clean the “burnt goo” Off Your Iron. Avoid those nasty burned gunk marks that make you throw away your clothing items! Non-gel toothpastes contain a mild abrasive, which is just what you need to scrub the “gunk” off the plate of your iron. Apply it to your iron while it’s cool and unplugged, scrub with a rag, then rinse well.

Make Your Diamond Ring Shine. Take an old toothbrush with a dab of toothpaste and run it over your diamond ring to make it sparkle and shine! Clean off any residue with a damp cloth. This is much less expensive than a professional cleaning or even the store-bought jewelry cleaners.

Baby Bottle Deodorizer. After a lot of use, baby bottles can begin to smell like sour milk. Toothpaste will remove this odor! Just put a little bit on the bottle brush and start scrubbing. Be sure to rinse the bottle out well with hot water.

Mirror Defogger. Hate coming out of the shower to a fogged up mirror? Next time spread a little non-gel toothpaste onto the mirror and wipe it off before stepping into the shower. When you’re done with your shower, you will step out to a clear mirror!

Shine Your Chrome. Smear toothpaste on your chrome items, polish the chrome piece with a soft, dry cloth, then wipe clean to a brilliant shine. Sure, there are chrome cleaners out there, but this way you are avoiding the cost as well as the chemicals!

Clean Your Bathroom Sink. Non-gel toothpastes work just as well as any other bathroom cleaner when it comes to cleaning out your sink. Toothpaste is always handy in the bathroom. Just dab some on a sponge, scrub, and rinse clean.

Clean Crayon Marks Off Walls. When your children decide to act like Monet on your kitchen walls, just grab a tube, a rag or scrub brush, dab a little on the wall and start scrubbing. The fine abrasive in the toothpaste will take away the crayon marks. Rinse well with water.

Hang Posters on the wall. I love this toothpaste tip! Just put a little dab in each corner of the poster and a few in-between on the edges. Put your poster up and it will stick like glue. When you get ready to remove it, it will come off easily with no holes or damage to the paint or walls.

Fill holes in the wall. An old but a great tip! Do you have ugly nail holes showing? Just a little white toothpaste will fill in the hole instantly. Let it dry, and you can paint over it.

Freshen Up  Your Car. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto the center of a napkin. Roll or fold the napkin up and tuck under your seat. When the car is left in the warm sunshine, it will heat up and the toothpaste will release a fresh mint smell into your car. Replace as needed.

Remove Odors from Drains. Foul odor coming from your kitchen sink? Squeeze a little toothpaste down the drain, allow to sit, then let warm water run for a few minutes. The odor killing agents in toothpaste will do the same job on your drain, getting rid of any nasty scents.

See what I mean? There are lots of reasons to give toothpaste a try in other areas of your home! I hope you picked up some great tips. Now if you will excuse me, I must be heading to my stockpile to dig out some more toothpaste!

This has been a guest post by Katie from South Bend, IN
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16 thoughts on “Creative Ways to Use Toothpaste”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have a question about cleaning your sinks with it. Even the standard toothpaste seems to leave this white crust on the sink. We have stainless steel and glass sinces (our bathroom sinks are the salad bowl type) and after trying toothpaste on a small spot it just looks like I crushed some white ashy stuff on my sink! What am I doing wrong? lol

  2. My daughters colored on my walls and doors so i am defiantly going to try this! thanks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    You know how after a while the head lights on your car turn that gross yellow color? Some toothpaste and a toothbrush and they look like new!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t help but laugh when I read this article, my children decided that it would be great to color on our walls and carpet. I have most of the carpet clean but haven’t been brave enough to tackle my light colored walls yet. At least now I know how to clean them until we can repaint, thankfully we just bought the house a few months ago and haven’t gotten around to painting.

  5. private says:

    For years, I have used regular toothpaste to repair my scratched cd’s, and it really WORKS. The toothpaste can’t have any of those added abrasives, just good ol’ standard toothpaste.
    Check out ehow , etc, for directions to not further scratch the cd.
     I’m going to have to try the cleaning drains one to help with odor. We have 60 year old pipes and baking soda followed by vinegar just isn’t cutting it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    My mom uses non gel toothpaste for any burns she gets from cooking. It works! I also really like this article. So many uses!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I use toothpaste on my stove top instead of Softscrub.  It can be used like a mild abrasive, even to get the ring out of the toilet.  Occasionally, I use it to brush my teeth too, but I would recommend using a different toothbrush.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Will have to try the “hanging up posters” tip…my kids are sooo into posters now

  9. THIS IS AWESOME…thanks so much! My husband looks at me like Im crazy everytime i bring home more toothpaste! :)

  10. Also works for drying out zits!! My daughter dabs some on after shower to clear up pimples n zits overnight!

  11. Meghan O'Connor says:

    I used to make jewelry.  Please, do NOT use toothpaste to clean real jewelry.  The ingredients may be abrasive enough to take plaque off your teeth, but it is too abrasive for jewelry.  It will wear away at it and cause marring that requires a professional refinish and buffing to fix.  Also, if the stone is soft like turquoise/opals/amber/lapis/etc, it will abrade the surface of the stone.  That also requires a professional to properly fix.  Toothpaste is bad for your jewelry.

  12. Anonymous says:

    what about Anti-itch for mosquito bites?