Normally, you use toothpaste just twice a day: in the morning before breakfast and at night before going to sleep. But toothpaste can do much more, as these pictures show. It dries quickly when exposed to air and absorbs moisture around it. So it’s the ultimate stain and dirt remover!
1. Tarnished silver
When silver gets tarnished, you don’t have to go buy anything! All you have to do is grab some toothpaste from the bathroom cabinet. Just scrub for a bit and the silver will shine again like a newly discovered piece of treasure.
IN YOUR BATHROOM
Next time you drop a glop of toothpaste into the sink, don’t rinse it down, scrub it around. The natural abrasive works like other cleansers and deodorizes the drain at the same time.
Anyway who’s watched “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” knows toothpaste is a great emergency zit cure. It helps reduce the redness and draws out puss. Don’t pop the pimple before application, however. (Please excuse the indelicacy.)
Apply a pinch of menthol toothpaste and leave it on for several minutes, then wash off before you head to the church. Some recommend leaving the toothpaste on overnight but this can leave you with dry and cracked skin. No matter how long you’ve left on the pasty poultice, apply a good lotion immediately afterwards to replace moisture.
If you find your facial skin reacts badly to the toothpaste, next time crush an aspirin, mix it with water or witch hazel, and apply it to your skin. Aspirin works because it contains salicylic acid to clear up the blemish. For even more sensitive skin, tea tree oil mixed with witch hazel also reduces blemishes.
This remedy is a godsend for chronic klutzes, like me. Before heading off to bed, apply a mixture of toothpaste and skin lotion to the bruise and wrap with an ace bandage or a band-aid to keep the sheets clean. Wash the paste off in the morning and reapply for two or three nights. Bruises that normally take a week or two to fade disappear much faster.
For mosquito, ant and other small bug bites, apply toothpaste to sooth itching and cool the skin. You can apply paste to bee stings, as well, but seek medical assistance if you experience shortness of breath or other serious symptoms.
I’ve been using my grandmother’s tip for years on mild burns and it’s only recently come into popular favor.
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. (Not butter! This is a myth.) After the acute phase is over, 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.
If you receive a serious second-degree or third-degree burn, wrap the area in cold, wet, smooth towels or a sheet. Call 911 or have someone drive you straight to the hospital.
Do those water spots on your bathroom faucets bug you while brushing your teeth? Apply a dab of paste, rub it in and rinse. Now you can admire your reflection while making those strange brushing faces.
After finishing with your teeth, take your toothbrush and run it over your diamond ring to make it sparkle. Clean off any residue with a damp cloth.
Toothpaste contains the same water-soluble polymers found in many hair gels. In a pinch, it can serve the same purpose. Toothpaste also is a great stick-um for baby barrettes.
Remove the stench of onions, fish, garlic and other odoriferous foods from your skin by scrubbing briefly with toothpaste. Apply lotion after to moisten hands.
Gentlemen: Next time you’re brushing your teeth in the shower, smear a bit of toothpaste on the mirror before shaving and wipe it dry. It’ll keep the mirror from fogging so you can see your face clearly. No nicks, no cuts and a face like John Hamm: Well, maybe.
We’re talking the nails on your fingers and toes; not the ones you pound into walls.
Next time you’re out of enamel, give your nails a natural shine with a touch of toothpaste and a soft brush. It only takes a mild buffing to bring out the brilliance, so don’t go overboard.
A whitening toothpaste with peroxide also will remove the orange or yellow tinge created by extensive use of nail polish. Again, make sure you buff lightly.
Finally, the grit in toothpaste helps remove grunge in the cracks around your nails after cleaning the fireplace or working in the garden. Use a nail brush and scrub around the edges. Avoid polishing too vigorously on the nail itself or you’ll remove the natural sheen.
Toothbrushes are the perfect size for cleaning refrigerator seals and toothpaste is perfect for whitening those seals. In other words, altogether a perfect combo.
For closed-skin rashes, avoid itching, apply toothpaste and allow it to cool down the skin. Please note toothpaste should not be applied to skin rashes that have open sores.
Dampen a sponge and smear it with a bit of whitening toothpaste. Clean the shower doors with a circular swipe and rinse thoroughly and you’ll be able to see through your doors once again.
Coffee Table Water Rings
This is an oldie but goody: Simply rub some toothpaste into the irritating ring with a soft cloth and wipe dry with a clean, damp cloth. Apply a finishing shine with a touch of furniture polish or oil (olive oil works, too). Then break out the coasters and make sure they get used.
DVDs and CDs
Remove shallow scratches and smudges by applying a thin coating of toothpaste to the disc and rubbing gently. Rinse thoroughly and buff with a soft, cotton cloth. The mild abrasive evens out the playing surface but too much grit will make things worse, so make sure you’re gentle. (I’m told smooth peanut butter also works well but haven’t had a scratch on which to test this theory.)
Toothpaste works especially well on the marks made by multi-disk changers that use “grabbers” and dig gouges into the disks.
Toothpaste has long been known as the poor-man’s caulking agent for unsightly nail holes. If you don’t have matching paint, you can tint the paste with food coloring or eye shadow to match the wall. It’s even easier if the walls are white.
This method also works well in holes left by hanging-plant or speaker hooks, particularly on textured ceilings.
Scratch removers are expensive but toothpaste can hide minor damage for cents. Apply a dab of toothpaste to a damp sponge and rub in a circle, then wipe with a soft cloth. Don’t rub too hard or you’ll damage the paint job.
Next time your dog gets in a battle with a skunk, wet him down, rub toothpaste into his fur, leave the mixture on for several minutes and rinse thoroughly. I’m not saying this process will be easy, but fluoride does soak up a majority of the stench.