If you follow the recommendations of the American Dental Association, you brush your teeth at least twice a day, so toothpaste is something you utilize on a regular basis. The toothbrush isn’t the only useful place for toothpaste. You may be surprised to know it has many other uses. These five diverge from what toothpaste is normally used for, but they start conveniently right in the bathroom.
1. Clean the Bathroom
Non-gel toothpaste is effective for preventing fogged mirrors. Coat the mirror with it before you even enter the shower, and wipe it off immediately; the mirror will not fog up. The toothpaste also has a fine abrasive that cleans chrome as well as commercial cleaners, when applied to a dry, soft cloth. A dirty sink can be scrubbed clean, and odors eliminated from the drain trap, with toothpaste. Just remember to rinse out the sponge afterward.
2. Heal Those Pimples
Apply non-gel, non-whitening toothpaste to that zit, and let it sit there until morning. It will remove the moisture from the pimple, absorb the oil, and allow the pimple to heal. Although sensitive skin may be irritated by doing this, toothpaste is an effective remedy, especially when pimples are already at a head.
3. Clear Wood Furniture or Watermarks
Watermark rings can be left behind by any beverage. Non-gel toothpaste works well on wood. Apply it using a soft cloth, and then use a damp cloth to wipe it clean. You can use good-old-fashioned furniture polish as soon as the wood dries.
4. Scrub Out the Crayon Marks
Kids love to mark up walls as soon as they get a hold of crayons, don’t they? If you squirt some non-gel toothpaste on the wall, and rub it with a rag or scrub brush, crayon marks can be removed without stress. Get some water to rinse the wall, and it will be clean again.
5. Get That Beach Tar Off Your Feet
Have you ever walked on the beach, only to be rewarded by gooey tar that won’t come off your feet? Rub with toothpaste and rinse. The tar will come off much easier this way, and your beach day or vacation will be remembered for the fun it was.
Toothpaste sure is a neat invention. Any time something needs cleaning, or there’s a blemish on your skin, think twice about what you can use it for. There’s more to it than keeping your teeth shiny clean.