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20 Uses of Toothpaste Other Than Brushing Your Teeth

Updated on May 15, 2009


Most everyone uses toothpaste to brush their teeth at least once, usually twice a day. Well, I bet most people didn't realize how many things you really can use that one tube of toothpaste for.  You can use that one tube of toothpaste to help clean and deodorize with toothpaste, as well as other beauty and miscellaneous purposes, all besides just brushing your teeth.

Clean with Toothpaste

  1. The plate of your clothes iron. The toothpaste will help clean off the scorched marks or marks made by melted fabric, as well as watermarks and calcium deposits in he grooves. You can rub toothpaste one the bottom of the cold iron, let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe it away; you can heat it up and rub the iron over an old cloth to complete cleaning.
  2. Jewelry. Brush your jewelry with an old toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse thoroughly. Make sure that valuable jewelry is professionally cleaned, not with toothpaste.
  3. Polish chrome. Rub the toothpaste onto the chrome, rinse, and buff with a soft cloth.
  4. Walls. If you have crayon marks on the walls, you can rub toothpaste on the marks and wipe it way with warm water to clean your walls.
  5. Shoes. You can use toothpaste to clean shoes, especially white shoes, clogs, and plastic and leather shoes. Toothpaste is a great tool to use to clean the bottom and sides of your sneakers. Rub and rinse with a damp towel.
  6. Scratches on leather. You can use toothpaste to remove scratches on leather. Use a dab of toothpaste and a soft cloth to rub it clean, wipe with a damp cloth and the scuffs will disappear.
  7. Furniture. You can remove watermarks from your furniture with a little toothpaste. Gently rub the watermark with toothpaste using a soft cloth, and wipe it off with a damp cloth, let it dry and apply a furniture polish.
  8. Piano keys. If you play the piano, then you know that your keys can get pretty dirty; you can keep them clean with a little toothpaste and a toothbrush- rub on the toothpaste and then wipe the keys down with a damp cloth. This technique will work well with ivory keys and key covered in plastic.
  9. Beach tar. You can use a little toothpaste and rub away the beach tar that you may develop on your feet.

Deodorize with Toothpaste

  1. Sink and drain. Rub your toothpaste around the bowl of think sink and rinse it away so that you can freshen the drain and prevent stale smells.
  2. Plastic bottles and boxes. When kept close they can start to smell, so brush them with a little toothpaste, let sit for a few minutes, and then rinse to wash the smell away.
  3. Onion and garlic smells. If you have onion or garlic smells on your hands, rub them with toothpaste and then rinse in warm water.
  4. Freshen your car. Squeeze a little toothpaste on a paper towel and fold it up. Place the folded paper towel underneath the seat of your car when in the sun, and when heated the toothpaste will release a minty smell to your vehicle. Replace as needed.

Beauty Tips

  1. Pimples. You can dab a little bit of non-whitening toothpaste on a forming pimple and by the time you wake up, the pimple will have dried and shrunk in size.
  2. Skin relief. Toothpaste is a great reliever for bee stings, bug bites, minor rashes, burns, and cold sores. Just dab a little bit on the painful or annoying area and you'll get quick relief.
  3. Nails. You can polish your fingernails and toenails with a little toothpaste and a nail brush. Your nails are made of a similar substance as your teeth, so it all cleans about the same.

Other Miscellaneous Tips for Using Toothpaste

  1. Fog resistant. It may not be the most efficient way, but you can prevent foggy mirrors, glasses, and goggles, by coating them with toothpaste and then wiping them clean with a damp cloth.
  2. Stain removal. Although, it doesn't work well on all fabrics and stains, you can scrub using an abrasive brush and toothpaste, rinse, and the stain will come right out. If the stain doesn't come completely out, you should repeat until it does. Toothpaste works great to remove ink and lipstick stains.  
  3. Wall filler. If you have small pin and nail holes in your walls, you can use toothpaste as a nice filler since it dries quickly. You can use it on white woodwork as well.
  4. Poster adhesive. You can hang posters on the wall without tape. Just dab a little bit of toothpaste on the corners of the poster and in-between the edges. When you're ready to remove the poster, it's easy to remove, and if you have any toothpaste remnants on the wall, just use a damp cloth to wipe it away.


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    • faith_love_hope32 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great hub and very informative! I'm a problem solver at heart too. This article oozes with problem solver abilities. You rock!

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      9 years ago

      Nails and toenails are NOT made of a similar substance as teeth at all. Some moron said that and everyone on the Net is repeating it.

      Nails are the same as hair. Teeth are covered in enamel.

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      Michael Kruschinsky 

      9 years ago

      In the Army, we used it to polish our Brass on our dress uniforms...

    • bob9125 profile image


      10 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the info. It sounds useful.

    • RoseGardenAdvice profile image


      10 years ago from San Francisco

      The only other use for toothpaste I knew about is for polishing jewelry. Interesting that it can also be used as a deodorizing agent! Very informative hub...thanks.

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      Jennifer Maldonado 

      10 years ago from West Palm Beach

      Wow, good tips. I wish I would have read this 4 years ago when my daughter wrote all over the wall all the time. Thanks for the tips!

    • sasanqua profile image


      10 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This is very interesting. The one problem I have is the suggestion you can use toothpaste on burns. When a person is initially burnt, the only thing that should be used on the burn is water. Afterwards, specialised creams can be used, but only those developed specifically for burns.

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      Ben Zoltak 

      11 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      You forgot to add, that toothpaste can be used to replace mayonnaise in a sandwich. OK not really, how gross would that be! Ha!

      I told my daughter about the pimple use, craziness. I will be telling my wife about the car freshener, very inventive, kudos to you Whitney!

    • shareitt profile image


      11 years ago

      Love the information...just imagine what it does to the insides of our body if we swallow too much.

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      11 years ago

      I applied toothpaste to poison ivy/oak and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse with ice cold, soapy water and it helped sooo much. Do this two times a day until it's gone. Unbelievable, IT WORKS!!!!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      11 years ago from USA

      Hi Whitney05, I've heard about some of these and some are new to me. You've compiled a great list.

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Georgia

      Human toothpaste is NEVER EVER suggested for use on animals. There are pet approved toothpastes that you can use.

    • rvsource profile image


      11 years ago

      I don't have any pets right now, but when I had two dauchsunds, one was pretty old and his teeth were bad. I used to put a little toothpaste on my finger and rub it on his tongue. It gave him "minty" fresh breath for a little while!

      Great hub, where in Georgia? We are close to Atlanta


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      11 years ago

      You can also rub some on scratched cds. (:

    • marifc profile image


      11 years ago from Southern California

      I've always used toothpaste to clean my jewelry, but your other suggestions sound really great and interesting. I'm so curious to try them! Thank you!

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks guys. I had fun doing research for this one. Had to make sure I got as many uses as I could. :-)

      I have used toothpaste for pimples and knew about plugging up small holes in the walls and cleaning shoes, which is what brought me to wonder what else you could do.

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      Ethel Smith 

      11 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I have heard it works on coldsores but have not tested it out. Good job. I shall stock up on toothpaste

    • ReuVera profile image


      11 years ago from USA

      Good and practical advises. I use some of them, like cleaning surfaces and for itchy skin (it is a good desinfectant). Only if you apply it on skin, rinse it shortly, don't let it burn your skin.

      I know one more use for tooth paste.... When I was a child we use to make fun on each other in overnight camps. Sneaking into boys' cabin on dawn, we were putting toothpaste over sleeping boys, on their faces- mustaches, brows mostly.  Boys were doing the same on girls.

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      Jerilee Wei 

      11 years ago from United States

      Very nice. You've taught me a couple of things. Never knew about the poster adhesive, fog resistant, and crayon marks uses.


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