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15 Uses For Toothpaste That Have Nothing To Do With Your Teeth

Everyone likes a nice smile, but did you ever think that the toothpaste you use to keep your teeth healthy can be useful around your home too?

From cleaning, to stain removal and dealing with pimples and bites, toothpaste has more uses than just cleaning your mouth.

How many have you tried before?

1. Remove scuffs from your shoes

Have your leather shoes seen better days? Bring them back to life with a some help from toothpaste. Just add a little toothpaste on the scuffs of your shoes and rub with a soft cloth. The scuffs will disappear after you wipe them clean.

2. Clean your iron

Get the gunk off the bottom of your clothes iron with the help of the non-abrasive nature of toothpaste. Just apply the toothpaste to your cool iron, scrub with a rag and then rinse clean.

3. Polish a diamond ring

Has the sparkle diminished from your ring? Clean it up in a jiff with a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush. Once you're done scrubbing, just remove the residue with a damp cloth. This is so much easier than going to the jewelry store or paying for an expensive cleaner.

4. Stop itchy bug bites

Nothing ruins a great outdoor experience than being covered in itchy bug bites. Stop those pesky bites from bothering you by adding a drop of toothpaste to the effected area to cure the annoying itch. This will also help to cool down the irritated part of your skin.

5. Remove smell from your hands

Have you been chopping garlic and now no matter how many times you wash your hand the odor remains? Toothpaste can actually help. The ingredients found in toothpaste are able to deodorize your mouth, so the same effect can happen to your hands. Minty fresh!

6. Clear up pimples

Did a pimple pop up just before you have that big staff meeting at work? Dab a little non-gel, non-whitening toothpaste to the effected area and it will be dried up by morning. The toothpaste dehydrates the pimple and absorb the oils so that it disappears quicker.

7. Remove smell from baby bottles

After a while, baby bottles take on the smell of sour-milk. Believe it or not, toothpaste can take care of that! Just add a dab of toothpaste to the end of your bottle brush and scrub the inside of your bottles. After a good rinse, they will be like new again!

8. Prevent goggles from getting fogged

It can definitely be annoying to jump in the pool and have your glasses fog up on you. The same goes for when you're in your workshop or on the ski slopes. You can prevent your goggles from becoming fogged with a little help from toothpaste. Give them a thin coat and wipe it away for a fog-preventing hack.

9. Clean chrome in the kitchen and bathroom

Sure, they make commercial cleaners to get the chrome taps and appliances to shine like new, but that can be costly and full of harmful chemicals. Instead, grab that tube of fine abrasive non-gel toothpaste and polish it with a soft, dry cloth.

10. Stop bathroom mirrors from fogging

Don't have time to wait for the mirror to unfog before getting ready in the morning? Grab some non-gel toothpaste and coat the mirror and wipe it off before you get into the shower. When you get out of the shower, the mirror will be nice and clear!

11. Remove crayon marks from walls

Most parents know that getting crayon out can be a challenge. Instead of worrying about repainting, grab some non-gel toothpaste to clear up those crayon marks your little one left behind during their last creative moment. Just put a little of the toothpaste directly on the wall and start scrubbing with a scrub brush, wash it away with some water and the crayon is gone.

12. Take out ink and lipstick stains from fabric

It's always a shame when a pen leaks onto your shirt or your lipstick gets smeared on your collar. While this may not work every time, depending on the stain and fabric, it's certainly worth a try. Put a non-gel toothpaste on the stain and rub the fabric vigorously together. Rinse and repeat to watch the stain fade away.

13. Remove water marks from furniture

Did someone forget to use a coaster the last time they put a drink on the table? Get rid of those irritating rings by gently rubbing some non-gel toothpaste on the mark with a soft cloth and wipe it away with a damp cloth. Let it dry before applying furniture polish to completely clear it up.

14. Get stains out from the carpet

Stains are inevitable. Whether it's dropping food on the dining room rug, or a wine spill in the living room, toothpaste can actually help! Just rub the toothpaste into the carpet with an old toothbrush or sponge. Rinse with warm water and repeat until the stain disappears.

15. Remove small scratches from your phone screen

Your phone takes quite a beating. From dropping it on the floor to moving it from purse to pocket, jacket to car, your phone is bound to get scratches along the way. Clean the front and back of your phone, wherever the scratches are, with a bit of toothpaste. It will reduce the look of the scratches and make your phone look a lot better.

Which one will you try first?

Source: Reader's Digest