Yes, toothpaste is important for keeping your teeth clean and whole, but it also has many interesting uses around the house. Our friends at Coupon Sherpa compiled a list of 35 users for the wonder gel, some of which may not have occurred to you.
Logically, most of them involve cleaning things other than teeth, but not all of them. A few surprising highlights:
- Remove Acne
To reduce redness and draw the pus out of pimples, just put a pinch of toothpaste on the affected area for a few minutes then wash away. For dryness afterward, have some lotion handy. Again, avoid gels or pastes with unnecessary bleach additives, simple white abrasive toothpaste is all you need for maximum effect and minimal reaction risk.
2. Remove scuffs from shoes
A little toothpaste does an amazing job of removing scuffs from leather shoes. Just squirt a dab on the scuffed area and rub with a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. The leather will look like new.
3. Hair DO!
If you’ve ever dyed your hair and ended up with the stained skin around the hairline, you can remove the stain by treating with toothpaste. As a pre-treatment, you can also head off staining by simply smearing a little around the hairline before you begin applying the dye.
4. Clean your sneakers
Want to clean and whiten the rubber part of your sneakers? Get out the non-gel toothpaste and an old toothbrush. After scrubbing, clean off the toothpaste with a damp cloth.
5. Freshen Baby Bottles
A lot of money gets wasted on buying up baby bottles to replace some that start to smell like sour milk. Instead of tossing your next not-so-fresh bottle, try adding a little toothpaste and some warm water and then shaking it vigorously. Dump it out and rinse and you should be left with a clean and minty fresh bottle.