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The Many Uses of Toothpaste

Updated on February 19, 2013

Did you know you could fix a scratched CD with toothpaste?

It's time to raid the medicine cabinet. You've got a secret weapon against many household problems. What is it? ... Toothpaste. There are a ton of everyday uses for toothpaste besides brushing your pearly whites. I bet you could use one of these tips right now in your own home. Don't believe me? Then read on my friend.


So what can you do with toothpaste?

toothpaste to remove crayon
toothpaste to remove crayon

Remove scratches from cds - Just scrub a little paste on it and it should get you a few more plays.

Clean diamond jewelry - Dab some on an old toothbrush and scrub your jewelry. Rise off with water and air dry. Your favorite ring will look brand new.

Stain removal - Put toothpaste on an ink of lipstick stain, scrub, and rinse. Repeat if needed.

Soothe a burn - Apply on skin right after a burn to relieve the sting.

Crayon removal - Got an Picasso wannabe in your home and out of Magic Erasers? Use toothpaste and a soft cloth or scrub brush and it will come right off. Then rinse with water.

Remove carpet stains - Squeeze some onto the carpet, scrub, rinse, and let air dry.

Shine silver - Toothpaste has a mild abrasive in it. It will polish any silver, from your old spoons to antique jewelry.

Give your baby a bow - A lot of new moms get frustrated when their adorable little girl is mistaken for a boy. Dab a little toothpaste on a small pink bow and stick it to her pretty little head. Voila!

I'm not a boy!

I'm not a boy!
I'm not a boy!
soothe mosquito bite with toothpaste
soothe mosquito bite with toothpaste

Insect bites - Toothpaste will soothe the itch of mosquito and flea bites.

Out of spackle? - Toothpaste can be used to fill small holes in walls. It's not permanent but will help you out in a pinch.

Clean your shoes - If you have scuff marks on your shoes, rub toothpaste on it. This works great with leather boots and robber soles on your tennis shoes.

Clean your watch - Rub a little toothpaste on your scratched watch face and wipe away.

Clean your nails - Finger nails and teeth are made from the same substance so this makes sense. Scrub your nails with toothpaste and a nail brush and rinse off. It's like a mini manicure.

Treat acne - Put a dab on a pimple before bed and it will dry up the zit over night.

Prevent fogged up goggles - Rub toothpaste on the inside of your swim goggles and wipe off. This will prevent them from getting fogged up under water.

Deodorize your hands - Afte cooking your favorite meal, scrub your hands with toothpaste and water and it will remove the smell of onions and garlic.

"The patience of a mother might be likened to a tube of toothpaste, it's never quite all gone" -unknown

Get gum out of hair - Spread toothpaste over the gum in your child's hair or their clothing and let it sit. It breaks down the sugar in the gum and it will come right out.

Remove scratches from glass - Use a soft cloth and wipe a window of your glasses with the toothpaste and wipe off.

Deodorize baby bottles - Squirt a little toothpaste and water in a baby bottle and scrub with a bottle brush. Rinse. This will get rid of the sour milk smell that eventually shows up after a few uses.

Clean your iron - Get the gunk off your irin with a little toothpaste and a scrub. Make sure the iron is turned off :)

Removing watermarks - You can get rid of the water rings left from a glass by wiping the wood with toothpaste. Then wipe off.

Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ways to Save Money and Time

Okay. So now you've got some ideas on how you can get out of scrapes using toothpaste. This book will show you all kinds of other uses for other ordinary things, like vinegar, salt, string, pantyhose, mayonnaise, balloons, and more.

Make your own toothpaste

Have you run out of toothpaste?

If you used it all up cleaning the house, you can make your own from home by using one of the recipes here.

Books about toothpaste

Remove scratches from CDs and DVDs using toothpaste

Are you in love with toothpaste now? - Drop me a line!

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      webscan 5 years ago

      Got some stains on my shirts, gonna try toothpaste to remove them, thanks.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Great tips!

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      Ramona 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Wow!!! I never knew all the things toothpaste can do. Great job..

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I am off to get the toothpaste. I hope this works. I have 5 stains in my carpet that I have been avoiding. I seriously hate carpet!

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      Heather McGlaughlin 5 years ago from Marryland

      I got a bunch of FREE toothpaste with coupons, thanks for the tips!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I never knew many of these. Thanks.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      YUP!!!!! Thanks for tons of toothpaste hints!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      That saves a lot of savings right there. Just keep a stash of toothpaste around. Thanks for the tips.

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I didn't know a lot of this stuff. One more blessing.

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      roadroamer 7 years ago

      There are a lot of things that I could use toothpaste for that you've listed here. One thing that I could use often is the deodorizing the hands tip you listed. Garlic does make your hand smell for a while, so I'll have to give it a try. Great work!

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      WritingforYourW 7 years ago

      Fun idea for a lens. I'd heard of polishing silver and a couple other things, but lots on here I'd never thought of.

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      I knew toothpaste helps keep teeth clean but didn't realize it could be used to clean so many other things! Thanks for the helpful hints. Thank you also for blessing my Holiday Craft Fair lens! Hope your mom's craft fair is a big success! Would love to hear how it went!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Well that's alot of uses for toothpaste. We've used the spakle one before!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I remember using toothpaste to spackle holes in dorm walls (hee hee) I never realized there were so many other uses for it though!

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      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      Toothpaste is so much more than for your teeth! I knew about the zit stop but the rest is a great new resource!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Love these tips and have to say I used many of them! See also few new to me and that's great! :)

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Toothpaste is so resourceful. Thanks for letting us know that it isn't just for teeth.

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      Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      I'll have to try that "clean your nails" trick. My toenails get pretty dirty in the summer when working in the garden wearing sandals. Was thinking about going and having a pedicure but this might be better! 5*

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Some very useful info here!

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      Some of these uses for toothpaste are very clever, plus it will clean your teeth! :)

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Great resource with some very useful tips! 5*s.

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      I never knew it had so many uses!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      useful tips

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Useful and fun, great lens!

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Very neat lens!