10 things you can clean with toothpaste (that aren’t your teeth) 18



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We all use toothpaste every day to clean our teeth, but did you know it is also a great cleaner for many things around the house? Here are some of our favourite ways to use toothpaste, feel free to add your own!

1. Clean your white shoes

There is nothing more annoying than getting stains on your good white shoes. Use a whitening toothpaste and a brush and scrub at the stain with a little water and wipe off with a damp cloth, voila!

2. Clean your iron

Irons get build up like the best of them so using a non-gel toothpaste to gently remove gunk is really effective. Make sure the iron isn’t on, though!

3. Polish your diamond rings

Who needs expensive ring cleaners when you have toothpaste? Simply put it on a brush, rub gently and wipe off.

4. Get crayon off the walls

You love them but sometimes the grandkids can make a whole lot of mess, some of it hard to get rid of. If they’ve left crayon on your wall, grab some toothpaste and a scrubbing brush and it will disappear in no time.

5. Remove ink or lipstick stains 

Everyone dreads having to remove lipstick or ink from their shirts but it does happen from time to time. An effective way to remove the stain is to rub whitening toothpaste on the stain and then rinse and pop into the wash with stain remover as normal.

6. Prevent foggy mirrors

We all love a hot shower but it can be frustrating trying to see yourself in the mirror when it keeps fogging up. To prevent this, all you need to do is coat the mirror with toothpaste and wipe it off.

7. Shine bathroom and kitchen stainless 

Don’t waste money on a special stainless steel cleaner – you have one in your bathroom already. Polish the paste on with a dry cloth and wipe away to reveal shiny steel!

8. Clean headlights

If you’ve noticed your headlights are a bit dim, it could be because they are really dirty. They’re outside all day so they should get as much attention as the rest of the car. Remove the covers and rub the dirt off with a basic, homebrand toothpaste. The cheaper the better as the more expensive ones can leave streaks.

9. Nails

Run out of nail polish? No worries: you can use a dab of toothpaste and a nail buffer to shine your nails – they look great!

10. DVDs and CDs

If you have tiny scratches on a CD, pop a bit of cheap toothpaste on and rub gently…it will remove the marks. If there’s any residue, wipe over with a damp cloth and dry.
Do you have any other toothpaste tips? What’s your favourite and what works best for you? Tell us below!

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  1. Windex or or a couple of drops of liquid Amonia in 20ml water are best for jewelery or better a microwave cleaner. Meths is best on stainless. B|

  2. Some good ideas, but has the writer seen the cost of toothpaste? Crème cleanser does the same thing for rings, iron and stainless steel.. Better than toothpaste at removing lipstick is dish washing detergent, or any detergent for that matter.

    5 REPLY
    • Anne Webber No thanks. I don’t like Colgate for a start and I am a little suspicious of where those cheap toothpastes are made

    • Anne Mitchell , I would suggest that the cheaper toothpastes come from the same “toothpaste factory” that the more expensive ones come from only in a different tube and I can’t see anything suspicious about a toothpaste factory.

    • Owen Gustafson You could well be right, but until I can decipher what is written on the side of them, sometimes in an Asian language, I am sticking to what I know.

    • Owen Gustafson Absolutely nothing and don’t try and start a racist argument. Some countries do not have the same standards in production as others. Something you probably know very well. As I don’t read any Asian language I would much rather purchase items that have details written in English.

  3. Toothpaste is excellent for cleaning your goggles or mask so that they don’t fog up. Rub the toothpaste on the inside then wash off with water and dry…easy.

  4. Stopped using carcinogenic toothpaste some time ago when I discovered one totally free of harmful ingredients. It works better, tastes good and we don’t wake up with bears breath the next morning. Check it and heaps more at: https //loismorris.shiftingretail.com.au

  5. I once had a stain on a laminex bench top that I couldn’t shift. I put toothpaste on it and left it over night. Next day I wiped the toothpaste off and the stain had gone.

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