Most of us purchase toothpaste with one specific purpose: to brush our teeth. This is to be expected, considering that toothpaste is manufactured for that very purpose. But while it is certainly effective as an essential part of your oral hygiene routine, toothpaste can be useful in plenty of other ways, too!
Don’t Just Clean Your Teeth — Clean Your House!
Just as toothpaste can give you a gleaming and beautiful smile, it can help your house to shine!
Do you have watermarks on your coffee table? A non-gel toothpaste, gently rubbed onto the area with a soft cloth and then wiped off with a damp cloth, can make them disappear. Are dirty fingers making your piano keys look dingy? Brush them with toothpaste and a toothbrush to whiten those ivories.
If you want to keep chrome fixtures as shiny as your smile, toothpaste is abrasive enough to be an excellent polish. Scuff marks on linoleum will disappear when scrubbed with some toothpaste on a dry cloth. Does your iron need a cleaning? Scrubbing the surface — when cool, of course! — with toothpaste can remove discoloration that has been set by heat. Make sure to clean all of it off before you iron any clothes to avoid toothpaste remnants on your shirts.
Toothpaste: The Best Medicine?
Turns out toothpaste isn’t just good for your oral health!
One common treatment for pimples is to apply a little bit of toothpaste to the spot before bed, and then wash it off in the morning. Since it will dry your skin, it can reduce the appearance of a problem zit and speed up its healing. It can also be used to treat the itch of a mosquito bite or poison ivy, or even to soothe a burn (after running the affected area under cold water.)
Mixing toothpaste with lotion can lighten a bruise. If you dye your hair, toothpaste can be used to clean dye off the skin along the hairline. And if you want your nails to shine, buffing them with toothpaste can brighten them in a snap.
Is There Anything Toothpaste Can’t Do?
Do you have onion or garlic scented hands after cooking? Scrub them with toothpaste instead of soap to neutralize odors. Just make sure to put on lotion afterwards so your skin doesn’t dry out! Do you find that your goggles get fogged up while you swim? Treating the lenses with toothpaste first will prevent them from getting misty while you’re underwater. Toothpaste on a soft cloth will help remove scuffs on leather furniture, clean and freshen a ceramic sink, and even make your car headlights sparkle.
Of course, the best use for toothpaste is in your mouth. Don’t forget that the magic of toothpaste’s cleaning power can keep your smile not just bright and beautiful, but healthy as well. If you cultivate good brushing habits, your toothpaste can serve you well in every area of your life!
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