Toothpaste is such a common object in our house that we can often forget how useful it can be – it isn’t just a teeth cleaner!
It’s actually an awesome cleaning aid, as well as a stand in for creams, beauty products and other expensive pastes.
Here’s some of our favourite ways to use toothpaste, do you have any others to add?
1. Clean your iron
Irons get built up grime over time, so to clean them, use a non-gel toothpaste to gently remove the gunk. Make sure the iron is cool and turned off at the power point. Wipe off and polish.
2. Polish your diamond rings
Who needs expensive ring cleaners when you have toothpaste? Simply put it on a brush, rub gently and wipe off.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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!
6. 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.
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!
8. 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.
9. Remove watermarks from furniture:
To get rid of those telltale watermark rings left by drinks, gently rub some non-gel toothpaste on the wood with a soft cloth. Then wipe it off with a damp cloth and let it dry before applying furniture polish.
10. Clear up blemishes
Dab a bit of non-gel, non-whitening toothpaste on the blemish and it should be dried up by morning. The toothpaste dehydrates the pimple and absorbs the oil.
11. Remove odours from hands
The ingredients in toothpaste will work on your hands, so if you’ve handled something smelly, simply wash your hands with toothpaste, and they’ll smell great.
12. Relieve skin irritation
Relieve irritation from bug bites, sores, minor rashes, cold sores and blisters with toothpaste by applying a drop to a bug bite or insect sting to stop the itching and decrease any swelling.
13. Heal a bruise
Before heading off to bed, apply a mixture of toothpaste and lotion to the bruise and wrap it in a bandage. Wash the paste off in the morning and reapply for two or three nights.
14. Remove hair dye from your hairline
If you’re dyeing your own hair and need to get the hair dye off your scalp, simply dilute a bit of toothpaste and scrub away any stains along the hairline.
15. De-scuff linoleum
Use toothpaste and a dry cloth to scrub scuff marks away on your lino. Keep scrubbing until no residue remains, then rinse.
16. Fill in holes
Toothpaste can fill in holes where you had pictures hanging on the wall. If you have white walls, white paste toothpastes are perfect for filling in the small holes left behind by removed nails.
17. Buff out scratches on leather
You can use toothpaste to remove scratches on leather. Use a dab of toothpaste and a soft cloth to rub it clean, wipe with a damp cloth and the scuffs will disappear.