A lot of items in the house can surprisingly double up to perform more than one task. Take the quintessential toothpaste for example. If you thought that toothpaste is used only to brush your teeth, then you are very wrong. Almost every toothpaste available in the market out there contains possible ingredients that help clean a lot of messes around the house. So the next time, you opt to clean your house, check the list below to see which tasks can be accomplished using a simple old tube of white toothpaste (note: avoid colored toothpastes and gels as they leave stains).
Here Are 9 Ingenious Ways To Repurpose Toothpaste Around Your Home:
Remove Carpet Stains
Got a stubborn stain on the living room carpet? Well, use some toothpaste to remove it. Wet the stained area with a damp cloth. Using a clean toothbrush, apply some toothpaste on the stain and scrub gently. Wipe the paste away with the damp cloth to remove the stain completely.
Cleaning Water Bottles
It’s very hard to reach and clean the insides of the bottle nicely. With time, the bottle will start collecting scum and become too gross to use. In this case, you can fill up the bottle with some hot water first. Use a narrow toothbrush to apply some toothpaste on the insides of the bottle. Scrub nicely and rinse with hot water to get a squeaky clean bottle again.
A little bit of toothpaste can go a long way in keeping your jewelry clean and shiny. Simple dab a small amount of toothpaste onto a soft toothbrush. Polish the jewel gently for a few seconds and rinse it with warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. If the dirt is stubborn, apply some toothpaste directly on the jewel and wait for an hour before scrubbing it. Note: avoid using toothpaste on pearls, rhinestones and turquoise as soft surfaces can get scratched.
Remove Collar Stains
Toothpaste can be used to remove collar stains as well. Simply use a toothbrush and some white toothpaste to scrub the collar gently until the stain fades away. Rinse the area with warm water and wash the shirt with normal soap afterwards.
Remove Water Rings on Furniture
Does your furniture have too many water rings caused by placing glasses on them? Remove the water rink effectively by applying some toothpaste on the stain and wiping it away with a damp cloth. Repeat this a few times and ensure to scrub gently. The stains will disappear after some time.
Remove Scratches on CDs and DVDs
Got a favorite CD or DVD that has got too many scratches on it? Use toothpaste to remove all these scratches and use the CD/DVD again. Apply some toothpaste directly on the scratches. Using a slightly damp cloth, buff the CD/DVD, moving from the center towards the rim. Rinse the CD/DVD in running water and dry it with a microfiber cloth.
If your goggles get fogged up continuously, use some toothpaste to defog them. Simply apply a small amount of the toothpaste on the insides of the goggles with a damp cloth. Rinse the goggles nicely with warm water. Note: avoid using the toothpaste on goggles with anti-glare coatings.
Patch Up Holes In Walls
Too many holes on your walls owing to nails and thumbtacks? You can effectively patch up these holes with the help of nothing but toothpaste. Simply dab a small amount of toothpaste on the hole. Use a small pencil to push the toothpaste into the hole. Apply more toothpaste until the hole is filled up nicely. Use a playing card to smooth over the hole and wait for it to dry.
After the initial shine of a manicure wears off, your nails will start looking discolored and dingy. If you want to bring back the natural color and shine to your nails, scrub them gently with some toothpaste (use a nailbrush for the same purpose) and rinse with warm water. Your nails will start glowing again.