Cooktop Cove: Forget brushing your teeth, toothpaste can be used all over your home
Toothpaste keeps our breathe minty fresh, but it can have a lot of uses outside of just dental care. At only a few dollars a tube, it is an inexpensive way to solve many of your household problems. For an even cheaper fix, you can often find a tube for only a dollar at your local discount store.
These creative solutions use toothpaste in unique ways. From cleaning and freshening to solving problems in a pinch, you'll find you can easily reach for a tube and get the job done!
1. Hang a picture with ease (h/t Somewhat Simple)
Hanging one picture perfectly straight is enough of a challenge, but hanging a picture collage is even more complicated. A dab of toothpaste is the perfect solution for putting nails in the right places the first time. All you need to do is add a dab on the back of the painting and press on the wall. The toothpaste transfers off and shows you where to place the nails.
2. Remove tough coffee stains from your fave mug (h/t By The Stand)
Cup after cup of coffee or hot tea can take a toll on your favorite mug and leave behind a brown stain. All you need to do is gently remove it with a bit of toothpaste. It will gently polish off the stain without damaging the smooth surface of the mug.
3. Remove watermarks from furniture (h/t The Gracious Wife)
Watermarks can scar the surface of your furniture with unsightly white rings and spots. Gently polish them away with a generous squirt of a basic toothpaste. Gently rub it until the mark disappears and wipe clean.
4. Get rid of permanent marker (h/t My Life and Kids)
Sharpies and other permanent markers are great at staying exactly where you don't want them. Wood, glass, metal and even skin can be wiped free of permanent marker by using a generous dab of toothpaste. Gently rub the toothpaste in with a soft cloth until all the marker is gone.
5. Clear off foggy headlights (h/t Facts From Fiction)
The clear plastic of car headlights turn foggy and cloudy over time, causing your vehicle to look older. You can spend money on an expensive kit, but there is no need. All you need is a tube of toothpaste. It will gently buff away the foggy appearance and leave behind headlights that look as good as new!
6. Stop skipping discs (h/t Make Use Of)
There's nothing worse than a CD or DVD that skips - especially if its one of your favorites. You may think it is just trash, but the fact is that you can save many scratched discs by grabbing a tube of non-gel toothpaste. It will gently buff the edges of the scratch and allow the laser to read more accurately.
7. Fill a hole (h/t Snappy Living)
Small holes in the walls of your apartment or dorm could cost you big time. However, you don't need to rush out and purchase anything special. You can quickly patch the holes with white toothpaste. Simply fill the hole and use a straight, flat edge to make it level. A ruler or the edge of an index card will work.
8. Polish silver jewelry (h/t Our Everyday Life)
Silver tarnishes easily, especially special pieces that aren't worn often. To get it shining again, all you need is a good toothpaste containing baking soda. Rub it gently onto the jewelry with a damp washcloth. An old toothbrush can help you get into small areas and tight spots. This inexpensive silver cleaner will always be around when you need it.
9. Clear up a pimple (h/t Home Remedies for Life)
Toothpaste actually can be used on your face to help clear up blemishes, pimples, and acne. It contains drying ingredients that help reduce inflammation and redness. Simply dab it on the trouble spot at night and wash off in the morning.
10. Clean the sink (h/t Bright Nest)
Those drips and drops of toothpaste left in the sink do not need to go to waste. You can use them to clean the sink. Simply rub the toothpaste in with the corner of a towel or a cleaning rag and rinse to reveal a shiny, spotless sink. As an added bonus, no harsh chemical smells happen when you use a minty toothpaste.
11. Brighten your shoes (h/t Walking Shoes Center)
The toes of your Converse, your nice white running shoes, and your favorite sneakers - they all become a bit grungy over time. The perfect way to brighten them to a like-new white is to use toothpaste. Gently rub over the soiled area with a damp washcloth, then wipe dry.
12. Deodorize baby bottles (h/t Care 2 Healthy Living)
Plastic baby bottles and sippy cups can absorb odors after a while, especially if left in the car or under the couch for a bit. You can rid them of any funky odors by simply washing them out with toothpaste. Just make sure you rinse extremely well.
From stains to odors, toothpaste can help take care of your toughest household problems. Now that you know the power of toothpaste goes beyond the bathroom, share this with your friends and family on Facebook!
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