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Sure it whitens, brightens and prevents cavities, but there are more uses for toothpaste than you’d believe possible. We’ve compiled tubes and tubes worth of ideas to amaze and amuse you! Better yet, you’ll even find many of them useful.
A few caveats first: We strongly recommend you use one of the more inexpensive toothpastes””not gels, tartar controllers or whiteners unless otherwise specified. Look for a mild, abrasive stain fighter. Avoid toothpastes containing “triclosan.”
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1. Baby Bottles. Remove that sour-milk-smell baby bottles get by scrubbing them with a water-and-toothpaste mixture. Rinse very thoroughly or toss the bottles into the dishwasher.
2. Carpet Stains. Squeeze toothpaste directly onto the carpet stain and scrub it with an old toothbrush. Then rinse and repeat the process until the stain disappears. For truly stubborn or large stains, like vomit from aging cats, you might need to go with a professional carpet-cleaning product.
3. Cell Phone Screens. Unprotected mobile phone screens become hopelessly scratched over time. No problem. Lightly rub the screen with a touch of toothpaste and your finger. Rinse with a damp cloth and dry, but be sure to not get your phone too wet.
4. Clothing Stains. If toothpaste works on your carpets, it should work equally well on cloth. Apply the toothpaste directly to the stained area with a bit of water and rub hard before popping in the washer. This may not work on all fabrics or stains but it’s quite effective on ink and shirt-collar stains. You may have to repeat this process if the stain is old. Use a basic toothpaste without bleaching agents for this.
5. Crayon on Painted Walls. Children, crayons and walls are natural attractants. No need to panic; just gently rub a damp cloth and some toothpaste on your child’s masterpiece, then rinse with a wet cloth and dry. Make sure you run a test on a small area of the wall before applying to a large area, especially for high-gloss paints.
6. Leather. Put a dab on leather scuffs, rub in with a soft cloth, and rinse with a damp cloth. Works well on shoes, purses, coats or anything else made of leather. Just be sure to use a toothpaste that is free of bleaching and whitening agents.
7. Linoleum Scuffs. Scrub scuff marks with toothpaste and a dry cloth until no residue remains. This also works for floorboards and drywall.
8. Piano Keys. Tidy up those ivories before you tickle them! Rub each key gently with a damp, cotton swab and a touch of paste. Wipe dry and buff with a clean cloth. It takes time, but you’ll be stunned by how nice your piano looks in the end.
9. Patio Furniture. Apply some elbow grease, a brush and a mixture of toothpaste and water on your outdoor furniture. Use a teeth-whitening paste on white furniture for the perfect shine.
10. Silver and Brass. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to scrub lightly with just a dab of paste. Rinse thoroughly and polish with a dry, soft cloth. Dry again and polish. For heavy-duty grunge, apply paste and let it soak overnight. Caution: never apply toothpaste to pearls as the grit will remove the shiny finish.
11. Tennis Shoes. Use a brush to rub toothpaste onto the scuffed soles of athletic shoes. Wipe with a damp cloth and let dry. If the shoes are white, use a whitening toothpaste for added brightness.