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Did you know? Amazing uses for toothpaste.

Updated on June 10, 2013

In the ongoing series of "Did you Know" facts, we've covered a wide myriad of topics ranging from movies to WD-40 facts. Now we cover some really great uses for toothpaste that you may have never known about.

I'm a sucker for what some would term as useless trivia. But I'm also amazed at how many simple household items have many more uses than what they were originally designed for. With toothpaste, I call this the Swiss Army Knife in a tube.

I really hope you find this hub useful and get a kick out of what you find out.

Let's make those brains bigger guys!


Have you ever used toothpaste for anything other than brushing your teeth?

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Fixing CD scratches.

I sure do hate to hear a skipping track on a disc.

I actually tried this remedy years ago and I was amazed that it worked. Just put toothpaste on the scratch, rub it in extra well very carefully, then use a cloth to wipe it off. Voila!

Should clear up most of the scratches and skipping in no time!

Use it as shoe polish.

Just put some on any scuffs you may have on your shoes and rub it in. Wipe it off and the shoe will be quite clean.

This can work on anything from sneakers to dress shoes. Handy to have in a pinch.

Use to sanitize your hands.

Okay, this one seems a little weird but it actually works.

Take a small dab and mix with a little bit of water and it effectively becomes a unique germ-killer that you can use in place of soap or sanitizer. Who knew?

On a completely unrelated note, you can also use this to remove strong smelling odors from your hands. I've always wanted my hands to have that fresh breath minty smell.

Impress your date man.

Get rid of water marks on wood.

Oh man, I hate these things. The one time you forget to put a coaster under your cup of ice tea and the next thing you know you've ruined your tabletop.

Not to worry, with your handy dandy swiss army knife in a tube, you can rub some into the stain and take a soft cloth and wipe it off and it should remove most if not all of the stain.

Make sure you use regular and not gel toothpaste as that isn't very effective.

Pimple killer!

Wow, it cleans my teeth, sanitizes my hands and now kills zits? What will toothpaste not do man?

Put some on the offending pimple at night, wake up in the morning and wash it off. It actually sucks up the excess oils from the zit and flattens it out for you. Be careful only to do this maybe a few times a month because it could possibly dry your skin out. Make sure you do a small test run too because some folks get irritated skin.

Clean your silverware or jewelry.

You know the really nice pricey kind of silverware you bring out for special occasions?

Well, here's a great way to polish them at home now instead of spending money for a professional to do it. Get yourself a very soft brush and a small bowl of water.

Your silverware will be sparkling like new. Same goes for your jewelry.

Helps with burns or bites.

Ever burned yourself or been bitten by a bug of some kind? Sucks doesn't it?

This is a great soother and pain reliever for such things, just apply some to the affected area and you'll notice a difference in how you feel.

Gets crayon off the walls.

I will be dealing with this soon with the impending arrival of my child. Most parents have had to deal with this in one form or another so here's a great remedy to help.

Apply some toothpaste to these walls and wipe down with a damp rag. Should get your walls squeaky clean in no time!

Final thoughts.

Guys, I've actually used some of these remedies personally so I know that they work. I hope you found this list of facts helpful and enjoyable. It was definitely a lot of fun hunting down these facts and checking to make sure they were accurate. This is a shorter list, but the video has quite a few more that are fascinating!

Now I need to go and put some toothpaste on a pimple tonight....I had one just spring up and I need to do a check on it and see if it works.

I appreciate you reading and Kasman will return with another hub soon!

Thanks alot!

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Great info, Kasman! Here's another for your terrific list: you can use toothpaste to buff the haze off those oxidized headlights on your car. It will give you brighter light at night ... and it will save you from paying the local garage hundreds of dollars to do the same service.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Toothpaste works great on little tiny holes that you may have in drywall such as pin holes or holes from small nails.

      Wish I'd have know about the crayon tip when my boys were little as I sure could have used that one :)

      I've used toothpaste to clean jewelry and it really does work great.

      Voting +++ and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well my friend, if I live long enough I'll see, read and hear everything, right? LOL

      Who would have thunk it? You just know I'm going to try some of these things to see if they really work. :)

      Great fun and quite interesting buddy.

      bill

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a fun and useful hub! I'll try to remember some of these. Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and interesting!

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      Anamika S 3 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! I did not know that toothpaste had so many uses. Voted useful!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Voted Up and Useful. This is one of the hubs which could be a permanent reference guide. We'll always have these problems and hopefully toothpaste will have the same ingredients. Thanks a bunch!!

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      Angel Caleb Santos 3 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

      Thanks for sharing. Great hub. Voted up!

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      Gous Ahmed 3 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Didn't know that!!! Really good uses for toothpaste instead of just using it for cleaning teeth.

      Voted UP!!!

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 3 years ago from America

      I used toothpaste to clean my keyboard on my computer..............i dt..dddindent. wo--rk..sooo gre-e-a--ttt ARGH!

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Hmmm...who knew?

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well MJennifer, I had a feeling I missed a few good uses so I'm definitely welcoming to anyone that has any input to add. I made a shorter list on purpose because there are so many great uses for this stuff. Thanks for your addition and if I ever update this thing, I may just add it in!

      I appreciate your comments!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Susan, you're awesome! I love that you brought that tip forward. I actually considered adding it in but I just thought it might be too well known. I knew someone was going to call me on it, lol.

      I'm glad you've tried the jewelry cleaning one, I personally don't have any that I could try.....probably cause I'm a guy. I appreciate you stopping by, your votes, and your shares!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yep Bill. You know, speaking of living long enough......since you've got a few extra years on me, why don't you write a list of the most amazing things you've seen, lol. That would make for an interesting read.

      Let me know if they work out for you brother cause I haven't tried them all!

      Thanks for stopping by my fun hub world.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well Queen Victoria, I bow to your thoughtful insights. I appreciate you stopping by and voting up my lil ol hub. It really is a pleasure to see ya here. Thanks a lot!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Hi there Anamika! Pleasure to have you here. There are many uses I didn't list so this is just the tip of the iceberg. I appreciate your comment and vote.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      MsDora, you're a treat to have grace my page. I thank you for your comments and votes.

      I know I was just as amazed at all the natural applications for home remedies this has. I couldn't help but write about it.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you so much montecristo. I'm blessed that you popped in!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      G miah. I didn't know a few of these uses so you're not the only one. Thanks for your votes brother.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Patriot quest, I loved the humorous response. If this is true, I'll know never to do what you just did with my keyboards. I appreciate you stopping in and commenting!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Lol Sheri, such a simple comment that speaks volumes. In my opinion, simplicity can be the ultimate in complexity! Thanks for dropping by.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I knew about the pimple remedy and silver cleaner, but not the rest. Great tips, Kas. I wasn't able to view the video, tho. I can hear it but the visuals don't come thru. I've been having this trouble on HP lately and not sure why!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I knew a few of these, but forgot about them.

      I have used it on pimples, although my skin gets irritated after a while, and it kind of eats into my skin. But if I leave it on for a half hour or so, it is pretty effective at drying it out.

      I was also amazed at how well it works on silver. I had a piece of old jewelry once that was very dull. I used the toothpaste, and it was as sparkly silver as ever!

      I like the tips about using them on discs, and on burns and bites.

      This is very useful information. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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      Abdus Salam 3 years ago from Bangladesh

      It's fantastic :). Great hub. thanks for sharing..

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Just saw the "Queen Victoria" response. Aw, Kas, you make me blush. LOL. The pleasure is all mine. :-)

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      Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC 3 years ago

      Great hub. I've used toothpaste for a few of the things you wrote and Just Ask Susan's comment on filling holes in drywall, it works GREAT. Will remember to give it a try next time I burn myself or have stinky hands. THANKS for the info. Voted up.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you Bravewarrior for stopping by.

      I'm really not sure why you're having this problem. I haven't heard it from anyone else yet. I wonder if it's a problem with the player itself for certain ip addresses. You never know. I hope you report it to HP directly and get it solved soon.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you so much Kathryn for sharing your experiences with this. I'm glad to hear this worked well for you because to be honest, I'd never heard about the jewelry cleaning stuff before and I thought that was very useful....for my wife specifically. I appreciate your comments and stopping by my lil spot!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well thank you so much for dropping in vertualit! It means a lot to hear your comments!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      You're welcome Victoria. I had a knack for that before I met my wife, lol. Now I like to make her blush!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Awesome azrestoexp! I'm glad this hub was useful to you. You're the second one to mention the nail thing, I will definitely have to add it in! I appreciate your votes and comments!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Now I have a few CDs with scratches and I must go check the toothpaste remedy out, Kas. Thanks for sharing!!

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      tebo 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I knew about the crayon on walls, but have never tried it. The other uses are new to me and I think they could be very useful. I shall have to remember to refer to this hub. I will try the CD or DVD I guess scratches one. Could do with that one. Thanks for enlightening me.

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      Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I have tried toothpaste on our older car's headlights. It took a lot of the yellowing off and made the lenses clearer. Good tips on using toothpaste for other than brushing your teeth.

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      Louise Lately 3 years ago from London, UK

      Really good tips, thanks! I use toothpaste to clean my silver jewellery - it works a treat!!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I was going to suggest it for removing crayon marks from walls, but you've got that one already. Another one is it works better for cleaning around bathroom faucets than a lot of the expensive cleaners too. I've learned that from cleaning toothpaste out of bathroom sinks.

      This was a great hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lynsey Harte 3 years ago from Glasgow

      Voted up and useful! Although I knew a few of the uses, I discovered a few more, thanks for sharing!

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      stillwaters707 3 years ago from Texas

      These are all great tips with a catchy writing style. Thanks for the hub.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Hey midget, good to see you as always! Yeah go try it out, I have tried toothpaste and petroleum jelly both on discs. They both seem to work very well! I hope it works for you, just be careful doing it!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks a lot tebo, lol. We're always in the know about things but rarely do we ever try then out. There are so many home remedies I know of but I rarely ever put the knowledge to good use so I know what you mean.

      I hope it works for you! Thanks for dropping in.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you Angelo for dropping in and commenting. I knew about the headlight one but I didn't really want to make this a long list. I'm glad to see my friends and visitors are leaving those solutions in comments because other people will get more solutions from what you guys are writing.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks for your kind comment kaltar.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well thank you so much Louise, I'm very glad to hear that one of those tips works well for you already! Good confirmations all around. I appreciate your visit!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks for the extra kudos on the tips there Barbara!~ It's good to add some of your own in here so it makes it more diverse. Thanks for your comments!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I'm so glad this helped you sparkleyfinger. I appreciate you coming onto my page and enjoying what I write!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you for dropping in stillwaters707. I appreciate your kind and generous comments.

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      Nicole S Hanson 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting list! The only one that I've tried is the toothpaste on a zit. It didn't work wonders but it may have helped a little. I suppose it may depend on the type of toothpaste you use as well?

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yeah, as far as I can tell....supposedly you should use regular toothpaste instead of gel. It just depends I suppose on the kind of ingredients in it as well. I really appreciate you stopping by and throwing your experience in there because it makes me want to research it! I appreciate you Nicole! Thanks a lot for dropping by!

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      alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, this is all new to me. My favorite is using it as soap. When I travel, I usually have a tube of toothpaste but never a bar of hand soap. Now I can make the tube do double duty. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Brett Caulton 3 years ago from Thailand

      This is an awesome hub, some really useful tips in here!! I've bookmarked it, as I can definitely use a couple of the suggestions.

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Wow! I'm impressed, had no idea! So, does it matter what kind? Gel or white paste? Tartar control or peroxide? Crest or Colgate? Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great hub! I have used toothpaste before to clean my jewelry, makes my diamonds sparkle! I will be trying it today on some insect bites. Those nasty little mosquitoes LOVE me! Pinning this so I will have it handy for future reference! Voting up, useful and interesting too! :)

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      Excellent, never heard of most of these. I'm gonna give the shoes polish a go. I hope it doesn't get sticky though.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I know, that one in particular blew my mind as well. I travel a lot and keep hand sanitizer on me but never once did I consider using my toothpaste as soap. Thanks again for dropping in alocsin.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks a lot for coming by my page Brett, you're always welcome here brother! I'm glad to know a simple tube of toothpaste is going to mean that much more to you man. Thanks for the comments, votes, pins and the rest!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I may get back to you about a few of those janshares, as far as I can tell its mainly between paste and gel. They both can be used but if you notice I did include a disclaimer about gel on one of the uses. So the ones I know about are in there! Thanks a lot for the votes!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks sgbrown for gracing my page! I know, I hate those little bloodsuckers, they drive me crazy. I am glad to know you've done the jewelry one as I haven't tried that one yet. I appreciate your pin and votes!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Hezekiah! I love your name; you're one of my favorite kings in the bible......so you're royalty to me! I hope it doesn't get sticky for you either! Give it a go and hit me back with the results! Thanks for enjoying the page!

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Amazing! I have used toothpaste for cleaning my jewelry. It really works! Outside of that, I didn't know toothpaste was good for much else. So, the first time my husband put toothpaste on a mosquito bite, I was shocked. Then, I put toothpaste on a mosquito bite and it worked. Loved the video, "Scrub-a-dub-dub!"

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much Marlene, I'm glad to hear that you found more that you can do with the toothpaste and that you thought the video was great! I appreciate you dropping in.

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