10 Awesome Toothpaste Life Hacks


Apply the toothpaste to the cool iron, scrub with a rag, then rinse clean. Polish a diamond ring: Put a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and use it to make your diamond ring sparkle instead of your teeth. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth.

1. 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.

2. Silver and Brass
Use a soft toothbrush to scrub lightly with just a dab of paste. Rinse thoroughly and polish with a dry, soft cloth. If toothpaste remains in any cracks, clean the toothbrush thoroughly and brush under water to dislodge the white paste. Dry again and polish.

For heavy-duty grunge, apply paste and let it soak overnight. Whatever you do, however, don’t apply toothpaste to pearls as the grit will remove the shiny finish.ron Grunge

Apply a little toothpaste and rub into the iron’s plate, then remove the residue with a dry and clean cloth.

3. 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.

4. Goggles
You’ll never need to buy expensive goggle-defogger gels again. Rub a small spot of toothpaste into each lens of your google and rinse thoroughly. Don’t rub too hard, however, or the abrasive properties of toothpaste could scratch the lens.

5. Diamonds
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.

6.Clean your clothes iron:
The mild abrasive in non-gel toothpaste is just the ticket for scrubbing the gunk off the bottom plate of your clothes iron. Apply the toothpaste to the cool iron, scrub with a rag, then rinse clean.

7. Cell Phone Screens
Unprotected mobile-phone screens become scratched to heck over time. Lightly rub the screen with a touch of toothpaste and your finger. Rinse with a damp cloth and dry. This also works on watch crystals, for those of us Luddites who still wear watches.

8. Burns
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.


10. Teeth
Okay, so I lied in the headline about not mentioning your teeth. There’s a reason they call it “tooth” paste.