There are so many clever ways to use household items, and toothpaste is no exception. It’s made specifically to whiten teeth and remove odors, so that makes it the perfect tool to do the exact same thing around the house, too! Check out these unique ways to use toothpaste around the house in your daily life.
1. Clean up your fingernails.
Scrub your nails with a toothbrush and toothpaste for cleaner nails! That strange yellow tint that shows up on your nails after leaving polish on for too long will be gone in no time! Similar to how toothpaste removes the yellow stains from your teeth, it removes the stains from your nails in the same way!
2. Remove odors from your fingertips.
After handling garlic, fish, onion, mustard, or any other food with a strong smell, scrub your hands and fingertips with toothpaste to get rid of the odor. I wish I had learned this trick earlier! I used to spend days with fingers that smelled like garlic and peppers. It really works.
3. Clean dirty shoes.
If your shoes are getting dirty, the white trim starts looking a bit dingy, or even the shoelaces are turning brown, you can scrub away the dirty with toothpaste! Your shoes will be good as new after a good scrubbing.
4. Clean piano keys.
The keys of your piano retain oil from your fingertips. This means the dust or dirt sticks to your keys that much easier. Rub a bit of toothpaste over the keys to really help them get a good deep cleaning before wiping everything away with a damp cloth.
5. Defog swim goggles.
The worst part of swimming is how quickly your kid’s goggles fog up! They have to keep wiping away, and by the end of the trip they’ve got water inside of the goggles. Before you go swimming, put a dab of toothpaste on the inside of your goggles and rub it around gently. Rinse the glass off and wipe them dry. No more foggy goggles!
6. Clean carpet stains.
Make sure to use white toothpaste for this tip – you don’t want to stain your carpet blue or green while trying to get out another stain! Squeeze out a bit of toothpaste on the stained area and scrub the paste into the stain with slight pressure. Rinse it with clean water and repeat the process until the stain has lifted.
7. You can clean your bathroom sink.
This one is great for my household because it seems like everyone just loves to leave the chunks of toothpaste that fall off of their toothbrush in the sink. One cleaning day, I just took an old sponge and used the toothpaste clumps to clean the sink of any dirt or grime that has built up. It sounds gross, but after having kids, you get used to it – plus, my sinks are easily cleaned! That’s one less cleaning product that I have to buy for the bathroom.
8. Clean your car’s headlights.
Wipe away any dried dirt from your headlights before beginning. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a cloth and rub the faded light in small circles. Rinse the cloth out and finish polishing until the headlights shine again. Rinse off the toothpaste and enjoy your clean headlights!
9. Get rid of a zit.
Dab a bit of toothpaste onto a large zit and let it sit overnight. Wash the paste off in the morning and see the redness and size of the zit has shrunken just a bit! Chalk one up for small victories! This tip saved me on picture day in high school.
10. Clean your wedding ring.
Is that diamond loosing a little bit of that sparkle? Personally, I never take mine off. Buildup and soap residue ends up coating underneath the diamond and makes it dull and not as sparkly. Grab an old toothbrush! Put a small amount of toothpaste on it and scrub underneath the ring. The soft bristles of the toothbrush won’t scratch the diamond and the ring will be sparkling like new in no time!
Try these out and see how well they work for you. My favorites from this list are cleaning my wedding ring, cleaning the sink, and getting rid of odors on my fingers after chopping vegetables and cooking. See if they work for you as well as they have worked for me!