Not Just for Teeth: 7 Surprising Uses for Toothpaste

If Modern Filipina were to award one hygiene product with the most number of uses, toothpaste would be a clear winner. Apart from doing a wonderful job removing stains from teeth, there are a few other uses for toothpaste. This product has insoluble particles that can remove stains, dirt, and grime.

Here are some of the unexpected uses of toothpaste:

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Image from Markus Grossalber via Flickr Creative Commons

1. Polish Jewelry Pieces

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get your old jewelry pieces to sparkle. Simply put a small amount of non-gel toothpaste on an old toothbrush to make your gemstone or silver pieces shine again. Use a damp cloth to clean off toothpaste residue.

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Image from simone-walsh via Flickr Creative Commons

2. Brighten Fingernails

Stained and yellowed fingernails can ruin the look of your hands. One sure way to brighten those nails is by using whitening toothpaste to clean them. Simply apply a small amount to each nail and rub it. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse off with water. This can also strengthen your nails and make them shine.

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Image from Christopher via Flickr Creative Commons

3. Clean Clothes Iron

It is so frustrating to iron a white shirt only to get it dirty with horrible black mark stains. So, the next time you iron your clothes, rub some white toothpaste on the bottom plates and wipe them off with a clean damp cloth. Non-gel toothpaste has mild abrasive components that can break down grime and dirt.

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Image from Doug via Flickr Creative Commons

4. Remove Lipstick Stains

Lipstick stains can do more than just ruin your clothing. As they contain intense pigments, oil, wax, and moisturizing ingredients, they can be a difficult to deal with. Apply some non-gel toothpaste on the stain and rub the fabric together. Repeat the process several times until the stain is gone. This also works for ink.

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Image from LariKoze via Pixabay

5. Prevent Foggy Mirrors

A fogged-up bathroom mirror can be a major hassle, especially when you’re getting ready in the morning. Use a non-gel toothpaste to coat the mirror and wipe it off before you get in the shower. This will prevent the steam or the bathroom air from clinging onto it. Just choose a toothpaste that does not contain any abrasives to prevent scratches.

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Image from Sommerfeldt via Flickr Creative Commons

6. Clean Sneakers

It is easy to brighten and restore an old pair of sneakers using non-gel toothpaste. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the rubber part and the soles of your shoes. After scrubbing, wipe the residue with a damp cloth. Toothpaste is also effective for removing stains and scuffs on leather shoes.

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Image from StockSnap via Pixabay

7. Whiten Ivory Piano Keys

If you want to make your piano look brand new in just a few minutes, clean those dingy keys with a toothbrush and toothpaste. This trick will also work on modern pianos with keys covered with plastic instead of ivory.

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Image from Elliott Billings via Flickr Creative Commons

These are just a few of the surprising uses of toothpaste. Get the most out of this hygiene product by trying one of these tricks.

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