14 Innovative Ways to Clean with Toothpaste

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Toothpaste is a daily essential for your health. It helps whiten, brighten, and clean your teeth. It also has many other innovative uses too.

This health cleaning essential can be pretty handy in cleaning up around your home. Toothpaste is often made with a mild abrasive like baking soda that helps remove plaque. The same abrasive works wonder by removing scuffs and stains on many things in your home, such as walls and shoes.

I love using toothpaste for getting deep into those small places I cannot reach. Toothpaste is something I use a lot when cleaning my bathroom sinks and other small places in my own. If you start using toothpaste around your home, make sure you use solid white toothpaste and not a gel one. A gel formula contains a bit of dye that could possible discolor what you are trying to clean.

Check out these 14 innovative ways to clean with toothpaste in your home!

In the Bathroom

  • Remove Soap Scum: Put a bit of toothpaste on a damp sponge and use on shower doors or fiberglass shower enclosures. Rinse with a cloth in clean water. Buff dry to prevent water spots showing up. This will help remove soap scum buildup.
  • Clean the Toilet: Clean the toilet quickly by using a bit of toothpaste in the bowl. Use the toilet brush and scrub away. The toothpaste will remove stains, but it won’t disinfect any bacteria within the toilet.
  • Bathroom Sink: Use a damp sponge to clean the entire sink. Rinse the sink and buff it dry.

In the Kitchen

  • Removing Food Odors: If you have odors lingering, such as onion or fish, on your hands, use a dab of toothpaste into your palm. Rub your hands together on every surface of your hand. Rinse well.
  • Polish Silverware: Squirt a bit of toothpaste onto a soft cloth. Rub the cloth onto silverware. Rinse in hot water and buff with a dry cloth. This will give your silverware a good cleaning and remove the tarnish.
  • Tupperware: If your Tupperware has a funk smell, use a small bit of toothpaste to clean it out. Rinse after cleaning and remember to air dry. Don’t forget to clean the lids too!
  • Baby Bottles: Baby bottles can also develop smells. Use a little bit of water and toothpaste to reduce the smell of sour milk. Rinse and then air dry.

Other Uses Around the Home

  • Headlight Polisher: Use toothpaste on your headlights to polish them and remove headlight haze. You can also keep them clean by mixing toothpaste and soapy water. Clean with a toothbrush on both head and taillights.
  • Cell Phone Screen Protector and Watch Scratches: Use a tiny bit of toothpaste on your fingertip. Buff out small scratches on your cellphone. Wipe away with a damp cloth. Allow your cellphone to air dry. The same can be done for wristwatches.
  • Poster Adhesive: Add a few dabs of toothpaste to a poster to make it stick onto the wall. You can wipe away the toothpaste when it’s time to remove the poster.
  • Remove Permanent Marker: If you have permanent marker all over your walls, use toothpaste to remove it off the wall. Use a cloth and rub away. Rinse the toothpaste with water. Allow to air dry.
  • Iron Cleaner: Does your iron have stains on it? Use a toothbrush and toothpaste to remove the stains on the iron. It will look brand new!
  • Carpet Stains: Scrub away carpet stains with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Place the toothpaste on the stain and use the toothbrush to work out the stain. The toothpaste wont scrub away serious stains, but it will work for most stains.
  • Shine Up Shoes: Remove the dirt from your shoes by dipping them into teaspoon of laundry detergent that is mixed with a cup of water added with some toothpaste. You can use this on the fabric, mesh, and rubber areas. Never use on foam or leather areas of the shoe.

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