Toothpaste is generally known to be used in promoting oral hygiene when we use it to brush, but who says your toothpaste should have only one use for you?
Toothpaste is a paste, gel or powder product that help remove plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums. It also improves the mechanical brushing and cleaning power of a toothbrush. But it can do so much more.
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For Removing Small Screen Scratches
Toothpaste can work for smaller scratches or marks on your phone’s screen
Simply dab a bit of toothpaste at the end of a cotton swab or a soft cloth. Make sure you gently rub it in to the screen in a circular motion, and make sure you do not remove any surface coating.
Wipe your screen down with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
To Remove Gum From Hair Or Clothing
To remove gum from hair/clothes, gradually put pea sized amounts of toothpaste in your hair until the gum starts to come out, then wash your hair with shampoo.
To Remove Stains From Fabric/Carpet
Before using toothpaste on a stain, it is best to make sure it is not going to damage the stained item by testing it on an inconspicuous spot, if possible.
Stains on fabrics can often be removed by simply scrubbing the area with toothpaste and a damp rag.
Rub the toothpaste briskly into stains on clothing or carpet. Wash or rinse as usual. However, be warned that using whitening toothpaste can bleach clothes.
To Relieve Irritation From Bee Stings And Insect Bites.
Instead of scratching those pesky bites until they swell up and become unbearable, dab a little toothpaste on it and forget about your itchy worries. But be sure to take the bee stinger out first of course.
Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the sting/bite to stop the itching and decrease any swelling. The toothpaste dries up the wound and helps it heal faster.
To Make Silver Jewelry And Diamonds Sparkle.
Rub toothpaste onto jewelry and leave overnight. Wipe clean with a soft cloth in the morning. You can also shine diamonds by gently scrubbing them using a toothbrush, toothpaste, and water.
Metal jewelry and watch bands can also benefit from being rubbed using a dab of toothpaste on a soft rag. Once the shine is restored, the cleaning should be follow up with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue.
To Clean Shoe Soles
Toothpaste and a scrubbing brush can restore your old sneakers back to life by whitening it again.
Also, you can put a dab of toothpaste on a washcloth or old toothbrush and gently rub the stains with the toothpaste, then rinse.
To Wipe Water Marks On Wooden Furniture
A white toothpaste such as Sensodyne is required for this. Dab a bit of it directly on the water stain ring, gently rub the toothpaste along the line of the stain and the stain immediately disappears or lightens.
No need to scrub very hard or for very long to see results. Just take proper care to go easy on the scrubbing as the harder and longer you scrub at the surface of your wood, the more likely you are to wear away at the finish instead of simply removing the water ring itself.
As Deodorant To Neutralize Foul Smells On Hands
Pungent foods, cleaning products, and fragrances can linger on your hands no matter how many times you wash them. Try washing your hands using a small dab of toothpaste in addition to soap and water.
To Clean Toilet Bowls
Containing both abrasive agents and bleaching power, toothpaste is able to cut through grimy, built-up stains on a variety of surfaces such as your toilet bowl.
Squeeze 2 to 4 tablespoons of toothpaste onto a paper towel, Flush the toilet so the bowl is wet, dip an old toothbrush into the paste on the towel and scrub the stains with the brush, using the toothpaste as a cleanser. The toothpaste works on stubborn stains, and the minty smell will leave a fresh fragrance after you flush the toilet.
To Clean Iron Surface
Scrub off the gunk from the iron’s sole plate with a little white toothpaste (not gel) applied directly, being sure to hit trouble areas.
Finally, wipe it off with a damp cloth to remove the buildup of grime and mineral deposits, then set the iron on steam and steam a cloth for five minutes.
To Repair CDs/DVDs
This technique works well on only shallow scratches and smudges. Apply a thin coating of toothpaste to the disc, rub gently and rinse clean.
When all of the toothpaste has been washed away, dry it with a towel. Wipe it from the inside to outside. Do not dry it in a circular motion. It must be wiped from the inside to the outside.
Repeat the process if there are many scratches remember, to be careful to avoid touching the center while holding your CD in one hand.
To Remove Permanent Marker Off Wood
Make sure you have enough white toothpaste on your wood so that your cloth moves freely across your wood without a lot of friction so as not to damage the finish on your furniture.
You may have to do several applications before the marker is completely removed, so your patience is required here.
Rinse your rag and wipe off all of the excess toothpaste. Repeat the process if there are still areas of permanent marker needing removal.
To Clean Piano Keys
Ivory piano keys can benefit from the whitening power of toothpaste. A toothpaste-loaded toothbrush can be used to gently scrub the grime off the top of the keys. The cleaning should be followed up with a damp cloth to remove any remnants of toothpaste.