Many of us will have toothpaste in our homes; after all, dental experts deem it essential in keeping our teeth clean and healthy. But these 40 hacks have nothing to do with oral hygiene. Instead, they reveal the ingenious – and often unexpected – ways that toothpaste can solve our daily problems.
40. Soothe insect bites
Anyone who’s fallen victim to insect bites will know that they can be as irritating as hell. However, you can soothe the itching little lumps with just a dab of toothpaste, according to Reader’s Digest. Simply apply to the affected area and allow it to cool the skin right down. Top tip – toothpaste can apparently also be used in the same way to treat burns.
39. Tackle carpet stains
While it might seem counterintuitive to rub toothpaste into an already soiled carpet, the publication argues that the bathroom staple is actually an effective stain remover. You simply rub the paste onto the offending mark and rub it into the fibers using a sponge or toothbrush. Then rinse with water and repeat until your carpet’s clean.
38. Eliminate scuff marks from shoes
Rather than reaching for expensive polishes next time you come to clean your leather shoes, Reader’s Digest says that you should give toothpaste a go. Rub a drop onto any scuffs with a soft cloth before and then clean the area with a damp rag. The marks should come off before your eyes – leaving your footwear looking and smelling fresh.
37. Dry out pimples
If you need an overnight fix for a pesky spot, simply dab on a bit of toothpaste before you go to bed. The formula with help to dry out the pimple and absorb excess oil, according to the publication. The trick works best when used on a spot that’s already got a head, but this hack may not be for you if you have sensitive skin.
36. Get crayon off walls
Don’t despair the next time that your kids use your beautiful, clean walls as a blank canvas. Instead, Reader’s Digest says, just grab some toothpaste and use it to scrub the crayon away. The slightly abrasive nature of toothpaste makes it perfect for removing waxy messes. Furthermore, you can finish the job by rinsing the affected wall with water.
35. Fix up scratched phones
Given the amount we use our phones, they’re susceptible to scratches. But did you know that toothpaste can be used to reduce such marks, going some way in restoring our devices to their former glory? According to the YouTube channel Bokin DIY, just rub the paste on and remove it with a cloth.
34. Deodorize hands
Home cooks will know that there are some smells that just seem to stick on hands like glue. Sometimes no matter how much you wash with soap, the stink just won’t shift. However, according to Reader’s Digest, the ingredients in toothpaste which deodorize your mouth do the same thing for your hands.
33. Remove fabric stains
Toothpaste also works like a charm when it comes to removing stubborn lipstick or ink stains from clothes, the magazine says. Use a non-gel variety to treat the fabric and rub it vigorously to work the paste in. Then repeat the process until the offending mark is removed. After that, you might want to place the item in the laundry to remove the remaining menthol smell.
32. Clean up piano keys
If all your piano playing has left the keys looking grubby, it’s time to call upon your trusty toothpaste. According to the good people at Reader’s Digest, you can simply apply some with a toothbrush and then use a dampened cloth to clean the keys off. This method might sound strange, but if you think about it, ivory is basically pretty much elephant teeth. However, toothpaste will also work a treat on modern plastic keys.
31. Freshen up your toilet cistern
If you want to keep your toilet smelling good between cleans, why not use toothpaste? Simply pierce holes into the tube and place inside your cistern. The nifty trick will release a fresh, minty scent into your bathroom without you having to scrub away, The Sun says. The menthol in the paste can also act as a mild disinfectant – making it a double win.
30. Banish watermarks
Coasters are the easiest way to avoid unsightly watermarks on furniture. However, don’t worry if you or someone else has forgotten to use one. Reader’s Digest suggests applying some non-gel toothpaste to the stain using a soft cloth, and then wiping away with a damp one. Let the wood dry before giving it a spritz of polish.
29. Clean phone camera
If your images are coming out hazy on your camera phone, it might be worth giving the lens a little clean. By now, it will probably come as no surprise to learn that toothpaste is perfect for this task. According to imply smooth onto the camera and wipe away to remove any debris, and see how much your photography game improves.
28. Remove gunk from straighteners and curling irons
Many of us use multiple products on our hair, and this can lead to a sticky build-up on our heated implements. Luckily, lifestyle website The Spruce says that toothpaste works amazingly to remove unwanted gunk without damaging hair straighteners or curling irons. Simply rub onto the surface of the styling tools before removing the excess product. Complete the process by wiping with a damp cloth and allowing the appliance to air dry.
27. Deodorize baby bottles
After a while, baby bottles can wind up smelling of sour milk. To eliminate this unpleasant odor, Reader’s Digest recommends that you take some toothpaste and a bottle brush to the offending item before rinsing it thoroughly with water. The same method can be used on Tupperware and plastic storage boxes to remove the smell of last night’s leftovers.
26. Quick toilet clean
If your toilet’s in need of a quick fix but you’re fresh out of cleaner, use toothpaste instead. According to The Spruce, you can simply squirt it around the bowl and work it in with a toilet brush. The toothpaste won’t kill all the nasties as your regular cleaning product might, but it will leave your toilet sparkling and smelling minty fresh.
25. Defog goggles
Whether you’re doing some DIY or diving the deep seas, fogged-up goggles can be a problem. To prevent your eyewear from steaming up, rub toothpaste all over them and then clean it off, Reader’s Digest says. Not only will you be left with perfectly clear glasses, but they should stay see-through while you work or swim.
24. Keep silverware gleaming
With just a little bit of toothpaste, you can make tarnished silverware a thing of the past. Just rub on using a soft cloth and watch as the dull build-up comes away before your eyes. According to The Spruce, the hack even works on copper pots that are badly tarnished – though you may need to leave the paste there for a few minutes before removing. When you’re done, rinse well with hot water and then shine with a new cloth.
23. Remove soap scum
Toothpaste is also particularly effective in tackling soap scum build up in the bathroom, the website adds. It works perfectly on shower doors when applied with a damp sponge before being rinsed off and buffed with a dry cloth. You’ll be left with a pristine finish devoid of any unsightly build-ups or water marks.
22. Make coins shine
We’ve already covered how good toothpaste is at making things sparkle, and that goes for your money too. According to the YouTube channel Addyology, you should stir in some paste with a cup of water and leave old coins to soak in the formula. When you come to remove the coins, they’ll look so good that you might want to think twice about spending them.
21. Glue for your scrapbook
If you’re caught on the road without a gluestick and need to keep photos and memories in order, look no further than your trusty tube of toothpaste. The YouTube outfit Bokin DIY argues that the handy substance can be used as a make-shift adhesive – using it the way you would with any regular glue. Now, you can keep all your mementos together as you go.
20. Fix scratched glasses
Before you’re tempted to throw scratched spectacles away, try this handy hack. Rub them using a cotton ball and some toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. After a couple of goes, scratches might start to disappear, according to budgeting website A Cultivated Nest. However, beware of trying this on glasses with specialist coatings, as the toothpaste may damage these.
19. Brighten up your bling
Reader’s Digest argues that you can spruce up a diamond ring to its former glory using toothpaste. Simply use a toothbrush to apply the formula to your jewelry and wipe off the residue using a damp cloth. You should be left with bling that truly glistens – meaning you might never want to take it off.
18. Keep your fingernails clean
If your nails have been stained from cooking, cleaning or gardening, turn to toothpaste for help. According to A Cultivated Nest, simply put some on a toothbrush and scrub away at your fingers for around a minute. When you rinse the excess paste away you should be left with sparkling clean fingernails. However, this hack is best left for emergencies only, as too much toothpaste could dry nails out – making them brittle.
17. Prevent your bathroom mirror from steaming over
Trying to brush your teeth, shave your face or apply makeup can be downright impossible with a fogged-up mirror. So to help your morning routine go more smoothly, Reader’s Digest recommends wiping it down with toothpaste before you hop in the shower. That way, it will remain steam-free while you’re getting ready.
16. Clean white patio furniture
Toothpaste – particularly that with whitening properties – can come in handy when cleaning your white patio furniture. And according to A Cultivated Nest, it’s great at removing grass stains; just rub on, then rinse and repeat until clean. If you need to, you could wash the entire piece of furniture in this way – though you might need a big tube of toothpaste.
15. Fill small holes
If you need a quick fix for small holes in your walls – from nails, for instance – consider filling them with toothpaste. The frugal living blog recommends pushing the formula into the crevice before smoothing it off with an old credit card – ensuring it’s flat on the wall. And once the paste has dried you can paint it as normal.
14. Polish kitchen chrome
Many supermarket chrome cleaners contain a very gentle abrasive to help make surfaces shiny. And guess what? Toothpaste is also slightly abrasive in order to clean our teeth. So, if you don’t have your usual product handy, simply smear on some toothpaste and polish off using a dry cloth, according to Reader’s Digest.
13. Clean car headlights
Car headlights can become cloudy over time as they oxidize. This can decrease your visibility in the dark and can, therefore, become a danger. To get your car headlights shining brightly, once more use toothpaste, the publication argues. Grab a sponge and rub the substance onto the lights in circular motions before rinsing off with water or a damp cloth.
12. Remove nail polish
If you’re out of nail polish remover but need to fix up your talons, look no further than toothpaste. Simply rub it on your fingernails in the same way you would use acetone, the website Home Hacks argues. As an added bonus your hands will be left smelling lovely and minty – which makes a change from lots of other removers.
11. Restore your white sneakers
When the white, rubber parts of your sneakers become marked try cleaning them with non-gel toothpaste. Reader’s Digest using a cleaning pad or toothbrush to apply the formula and letting it dry onto the shoes. When you come to wipe it off, use a cloth dampened with water and soap. As you do, the dirt should lift off before your eyes – leaving your sneaks gleaming white.
10. Clean your iron plate
The semi-abrasive nature of toothpaste makes it perfect for cleaning sticky, starch build-ups off irons. Wait for the plate to cool before rubbing the paste onto the metal with a cloth and then scrub it clean once more with a damp rag, the publication says. You should be left with gleaming iron that will make smoothing out laundry a breeze.
9. Repair CDs and DVDs
CDs and DVDs may seem pretty old school nowadays, but many of us still have piles of them in our homes. When they were released back in the day, CDs were cited as being “indestructible.” Nevertheless, the nostalgic discs are susceptible to scratches. But, according to the website Awesome Inventions, you can easily fix them up by wiping them over with toothpaste.
8. Remove permanent marker from wood
Next time your children’s doodles make it onto your wooden furniture, do not despair. Awesome Inventions claims that even permanent marker can be removed with a squeeze of toothpaste. Just rub it gently on to the affected area and take it off after a few minutes. However, you might need to repeat the process if necessary.
7. Clean the bathroom sink
Toothpaste is pretty miraculous stuff, so don’t let it go to waste if you drop a dollop in the bathroom sink. Scrub it into the basin using a sponge before rinsing it away with water, Reader’s Digest says. You can even squeeze a bit down the drain to leave it smelling fresh.
6. Get gum out of hair or clothes
Removing gum from clothes or hair can be a difficult task, but once again toothpaste can help and all you’ll need is a little bit of patience. Awesome Inventions recommends applying some paste to the sticky area and allowing it to dry out naturally. Once the toothpaste has fully set, the gum should come away more easily.
5. Heal bruises
In one of its more unusual uses, toothpaste can apparently be used to help bruises heal more quickly. According to A Cultivated Nest, just apply a thin layer to the skin, cover it over with a bandage and leave it for an eight-hour period. Wash off in the morning and repeat the process for the next few days until you see a difference.
4. Clean your credit card microchip
If you’re having trouble using your credit card, try cleaning the chip with toothpaste before getting in touch with your bank. Apply the formula to the metallic strip with a q-tip and remove gently with a cloth, the YouTube channel Addyology suggests. The same method can also be used on faulty SD and sim cards in a last-ditch attempt to get them working.
3. Freshen up your footwear
It seems that toothpaste has you covered for all your footwear needs. Not only can the wonder substance buff away scuffs and clean up white soles, but it can also leave your shoes smelling sweet. As per Home Hacks, if your best kicks are in need of some freshening up, rub toothpaste into the soles to give them a fragrant boost.
2. Hang posters
If you live in a rental where you can’t fix nails to the wall, Home Hacks also claims that you can use toothpaste to hang your pictures. As we’ve covered, the bathroom staple can be used as a nifty makeshift adhesive that will come in handy when sprucing up your place. And unlike blue-tac, nails or glue, it won’t damage your walls when you come to take it off.
1. Remove scratches from your car
It’s fair to say that toothpaste can be extremely useful for removing scratches, considering we’ve already mentioned its ability to fix glasses and phones. But, the website claims, toothpaste works on scraped-up cars too – providing a low-cost way of keeping wheels looking their best.