Did you know there are a whole host of alternative uses for toothpaste? Its cleaning capabilities work wonders on many things besides our teeth.
We strongly recommend you use one of the more inexpensive toothpastes – not gels, tartar controllers or whiteners unless otherwise specified.
11 UNEXPECTED USES FOR TOOTHPASTE
1. GET RID OF BRUISES
Toothpaste can make the discoloration and swelling disappear faster. It also calms inflammation. Working underneath the skin, the toothpaste helps to break up and release the blood that is then flushed through the skin.
- Combine toothpaste and lotion. Mix well;
- Apply the mixture to bruise before you go to bed;
- Cover the area with an ace bandage;
- Wash off the paste in the morning;
- Do this for the next 2-3 nights.
2. DEODORIZE HANDS
Get the smell of chopped garlic or onions off your hands by dabbing them with some toothpaste before washing them.
3. RELIEVE IRRITATION FROM BUG BITES AND ITCHING
Stop bug bites from itching by putting toothpaste on them.
4. DECREASE THE SIZE OF A FACIAL BLEMISH
Apply a tiny dot of toothpaste to the affected area at night before bed. Wash it off in the morning.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR FINGERNAILS
For cleaner, shinier, and stronger nails, simply scrub the underneath and tops of fingernails with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
6. POLISHING CHROME
Toothpastes have a gentle exfoliating effect that works as well on chrome as it does on teeth. Spread a non-gel toothpaste on your chrome fixtures then wipe off with a dry cloth and see how they gleam.
7. MINOR BURNS
Next time you burn yourself on the stove or a hot pan, plunge the affected area under cold water to rapidly bring down the skin temperature. Then, smear non-gel toothpaste thickly over the burn until the skin cools permanently and the sting is gone. Finally, apply a healing agent, such as aloe vera.
8. REMOVING CHEWING GUM FROM HAIR
Spread toothpaste over the gum, leave for a few minutes. Then, gently pull the gum free. The toothpaste breaks down the sugar in the gum, as it does when you’re brushing your teeth, thereby loosening it from the hair.
9. CARPET STAINS
Squeeze toothpaste directly onto the carpet stain and scrub it with a toothbrush. Then rinse and repeat the process until the stain disappears.
10. FILLING HOLES IN WALLS
Need to quickly fill a hole in a wall where a nail used to be but don’t have time to go and get some plaster filler? White toothpaste makes an excellent stand-in, and no one will be any the wiser.
11. TENNIS SHOES
Use a brush to rub toothpaste into the scuffed soles of athletic shoes. Wipe with a damp cloth when your done and admire.