Does it seem like I’ve been talking about teeth a lot lately? Last week I wrote about uses for floss, and today we’ll be talking about toothpaste hacks. My dental hygienist must have really gotten into my head during my last cleaning! ;-) But in my defense, my main priority is to gather and share useful ideas, and pacing out those topics and ideas tends to fall by the wayside. So I hope you’ll forgive my temporary fixation on oral health topics! :-)
But I digress! Today I have 11 brilliant ideas to share with you today, and they all have one thing in common—toothpaste! Toothpaste isn’t only useful for keeping your teeth and gums clean. It can also be surprisingly useful for a variety of household tasks! Before we dive in, I wanted to mention that the type of toothpaste you use does make a difference. Most of these toothpaste hacks work best with paste-style toothpaste, rather than the gel kind. Just something to keep in mind!
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11 Clever & Useful Toothpaste Hacks
1. Clean Your Headlights
You know that hazy film that builds up on your car’s headlights over time? You can get rid of it using toothpaste! Just squeeze a bit of toothpaste onto a rag, then rub the paste all over your headlights. The toothpaste will cut through the grime and leave them looking much clearer! Follow up by buffing them clean with a dry cloth.
2. Remove Permanent Marker
Accidental permanent marker stains happen all the time, but toothpaste can save the day! Apply a bit of toothpaste to the mark, then use a damp cloth to rub the paste into the stain. Then rinse the cloth clean and wipe up the toothpaste, and the stain will be gone! This trick works on walls, wood floors, and even TVs.
3. Clean Rubber Soles
If you have a pair of shoes with white rubber near the soles, then you already know how dirty it can get! Use toothpaste to help whiten and brighten the rubber. Just apply a bit of toothpaste to the rubber and scrub it with an old toothbrush to loosen dirt and grime. Wipe the dirt and toothpaste away using a damp cloth.
4. Keep A Mirror Fog-Free
A little bit of toothpaste can help you fog-proof your bathroom mirror! Just squeeze a bit of toothpaste onto the mirror and rub it thoroughly over the glass. Then rinse the glass well to remove the excess toothpaste, and you’re done!
5. Clean Hair Tools
Is your curling iron or flat iron covered in scorched hair product gunk? Use toothpaste to clean it off! Apply a bit of toothpaste to a cool and unplugged hair tool, then rub it in with a damp cloth. As the gunk loosens, wipe it away with a clean damp cloth.
6. Lighten Discolored Fingernails
If nail polish has left your fingernails looking a bit discolored, grab your whitening toothpaste! Apply a small dab of whitening toothpaste to your nail, then use a nail brush or a toothbrush to give it a good scrub. Wash your hands to remove the toothpaste, and repeat daily until your fingernails return to their original color.
7. Erase Coffee Stains
You can use toothpaste to remove stubborn coffee and tea stains from the inside of a mug. Just rub toothpaste onto the stains with a damp sponge. After the stains disappear, just wash the mug with soapy water and it’ll be good as new!
8. Hang A Frame
Use toothpaste to help mark where you want to hang a frame. Start by applying a dab of toothpaste to the hanger on the back of your frame. Then press the frame against the wall where you want to hang it, and the toothpaste will leave a mark on the wall where the nail should go!
9. Shine A Sink
Toothpaste is excellent for shining up stainless steel sinks and fixtures! Squeeze a bit of toothpaste onto a damp sponge and rub it over the surface. Rinse clean with water, and stand back to admire the shine!
10. Fill Nail Holes
Have small nail and pushpin holes in your walls that need filling? No problem, just grab your toothpaste! Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste into the hole, then wipe up any excess paste with a damp rag. It’s a quick and easy fix!
11. Fix Small Scratches
You can use toothpaste to remove small scratches from CDs, DVDs, and even your smartphone screen. Apply a tiny bit of toothpaste to the scratch with a soft cloth, then gently rub it in using circular motions. (Don’t rub too hard, or you could remove the protective coating.) Wipe the paste away with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
Bonus Hack! – Use Every Last Drop
Have a tube of toothpaste that’s nearly empty? You can get the very last of the toothpaste out by simply cutting the tube open! You’re sure to salvage enough toothpaste for one last brushing (or enough to use for any of the hacks above!) For more tips for making the most of your stuff, check out my post below!
Do you use toothpaste for anything other than brushing your teeth?