Awesome ways to use toothpaste other than brushing your teeth 7



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Every single one of us has toothpaste in our house and we use it every day, but are we taking advantage of its awesome cleaning power aside from our teeth?

Toothpaste is also a great cleaner for things around the house. Here’s some of our favourite ways to use toothpaste, do you have any others to add?

1. Clean your white bowls shoes

There is nothing more annoying than getting stains on your 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. They’ll look good as new.

2. Clean your iron

Irons get build up over time as you use them. Use a non-gel toothpaste to gently remove gunk when cool and turned off at the power point. Wipe off and polish.

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. I was told that toothpaste was too abrasive to clean diamonds. Now I am just confused. Can someone out there clarify? I also clean my dvds and cds with eucalyptus oil. Works a treat.

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    • A jeweller told me to put handy andy and very warm water in a bowl and soak for a few hours. Rinse well under warm running water and dry with a cloth.Scrub with a soft tbrush if necessary .Diamonds and gold look like new. My 40year old rings still look like new after years of doing this.

  2. I am going to try the one with the bathroom mirror! If that works, it may also work on the car’s inside windscreen

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