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17 Efficient Toothpaste Hacks to Clean Something Other Than Your Teeth

We all know what toothpaste is used for, right? To keep our teeth as clean as possible, fresh and white. But is this the only thing toothpaste can do for us? Not quite. Toothpaste has a wide variety of uses, from removing dirt from shoes to cleaning the bathroom or kitchen sink. And there are many more where that came from.

Read on to find out how to make the most of toothpaste and do all sorts of things around the house to make everything squeaky clean and shiny, not only your denture.

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Efficient Toothpaste Hacks to Clean Things Around the House:

Repairs scuffs from shoes

Since we’ve already mentioned it, let’s get into more detail as to how toothpaste can efficiently remove scuffs from your shoes. If you add just a tiny amount of toothpaste to your leather shoes and clean it with a soft cloth, you’ll witness a miracle happening. Your shoes will look brand new in a matter of minutes. Rather than throwing away your shoes, it’s worth trying this method first, right?

Clean your piano keys

This toothpaste hack can do wonders for your piano keys. After all, classic piano keys are made of ivory, which is basically elephant teeth.

Use a little bit of toothpaste and a toothbrush to gently scrub the piano keys, then use a damp cloth to wipe them. The same procedure can also be applied for modern pianos which might have plastic-covered keys. The cleaning effect will be the same.

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Clean your sneakers

haven’t tried it by now, it’s time you do it! You’ll never get back to your old ways of cleaning your sneakers. The white part of sneakers is usually made of rubber, which can be successfully cleaned with toothpaste. Just put some non-gel toothpaste on that part and use an old toothbrush to scrub. After that, clean it with a damp cloth. Impressed by the results? Told you!

Clean your clothes iron

Non-gel toothpaste can also be used on the bottom plates of irons. Given that it is not that abrasive, non-gel toothpaste will efficiently clean the gunk and leave the bottom plate like new. Just make sure you do all that when the iron is not plugged in!

Deodorise baby bottles

Have you noticed that no matter how hard you scrub and sanitize, baby bottles still have a sour milk smell? Well, say goodbye to that foul odor, as you have just found the answer to your prayers: toothpaste, of course. Put some of it on the baby bottle, clean and rinse. The results will definitely leave you speechless.

Clean foggy goggles

No one likes to have fogged goggles, regardless of the activity they are doing. Apart from being annoying, it can also be dangerous in certain situations. To eliminate the problem, use toothpaste. Coat the goggles with toothpaste and then wipe it off with a clean cloth. It will prevent them from fogging for a long period of time and allow you to see the world (underwater or otherwise) with different eyes (or should we say, lenses).

Prevent fogged bathroom mirrors

Sometimes, the more you wipe your bathroom mirror, the foggier it gets. So, what is it that you’re doing wrong? The answer is simple: you’re not using any toothpaste.

Next time you want to have a clean, non-foggy mirror, coat it in toothpaste and wipe it just before you start showering. Just make sure that you are using non-gel toothpaste, as it is mildly aggressive. When you finish your shower, the mirror will be crystal clear.

Make bathroom and kitchen chrome shine

Don’t believe everything you see in commercials! This is also valid when it comes to bathroom and kitchen cleaning products, as in most commercials, to make chrome shine, very fine abrasive products are used. But the very same products might not have the same effect once we use them at home.

But do you know what always works? Yes, you’ve guessed it. Toothpaste. It’s also mildly abrasive and works just as well, if not better. Put a small amount on the chrome item and polish it with a dry cloth.

Clean the bathroom sink

If you want to save some money, use toothpaste to clean the bathroom sink as well. Why buy all those fancy products when you can use one that has so many properties? Put some toothpaste in the sink, use a sponge to scrub it and rinse it thoroughly.

The added bonus is that toothpaste will also work as an odor eliminator, killing the foul smells released by the drain trap and leaving your bathroom smelling fresh and clean.

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Polish jewelry

The toothpaste trick also works on your silver jewels, diamond rings included! If you want your diamond ring and other jewels to sparkle like there’s no tomorrow, toothpaste can help you remove the residue.

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Remove crayons from walls

There’s nothing more scary than a kid with crayons around the house. You never know who the next victim of their creativity is going to be. If your walls look like they’ve been through the war of crayons, worry not. A tub of non-gel toothpaste will make them look brand new. Get a scrub brush and scrub the toothpaste on the dirty wall. Then gently rinse the wall with water and voila, no more crayon marks on the wall. It’s that simple.

Remove ink or lipstick stains from fabric

Kids are not the only ones ruining things. You can also ruin your favorite shirt by accidentally tinting it with lipstick or smudging it with ink from one of your pens. Toothpaste can also be useful in such cases. However, its success depends on the type of fabric, so, don’t be disappointed if the results are not quite up to par.

However, instead of tossing the fabric, try putting some toothpaste on it first, and rub the stain thoroughly. After that, rinse with water. If you’ve managed to get some of the ink out, that’s your cue to try again and again until all the ink is gone. Do the same in the case of lipstick stains.

Remove watermarks from furniture

Coasters are meant to protect the furniture from watermark rings. Sadly, some people disregard them completely and you’re left with ugly spots on your favorite table or countertop. To get rid of them, hassle-free, put some toothpaste on the wood and rub softly with a dry cloth. Then wipe it with a damp cloth and allow it to dry. Next, apply some furniture polish and there you have it, clean and watermark-free furniture.

Clear up pimples

As a teenager, surely, you’ve tried every tip and trick out there to get rid of an obnoxious pimple. Some might have worked, others didn’t.

But have you ever tried applying toothpaste on one of your pimples? It works like a charm. The pimple is dehydrated and dried by the toothpaste, all in the course of several hours. For it to be efficient, it needs to be applied on pimples that have formed a visible whitehead. It will not work for blind pimples, the ones developing under the surface of your skin.

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Eliminates smells from hands

Toothpaste contains certain ingredients that give your mouth that fresh smell. The same ingredients can eliminate bad odors on your hands.

What can possibly smell that bad on one’s hands to make you want to use toothpaste? Well, there are numerous “stinky” possibilities, so if you happen to find yourself in one, just know that toothpaste can be a great ally against bad smells.

Eliminates itchy bug bites

Come summer, and certain people become magnets for all sorts of bugs and insects. If you’re in such a dire situation and always get bitten by bugs, toothpaste will prevent you from scratching those bites and make the situation worse.

Put a small amount of toothpaste on the bug bite and you’ll soon notice its calming effect. This tip is also valid in the case of skin burns.

Helps with scratches on your phone screen

No matter how much we try to protect our phones, they still manage to get small scratches on the screens. To get rid of them, dab a small amount of toothpaste on the scratch and then wipe it off. Your phone will look a lot better in a matter of minutes.

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