From busting something as harsh as ugly grout to something as simple as filling leftover drill holes, toothpaste as a cleaning agent can come really handy. The readily available cosmetic has its uses beyond just shining your teeth.
So, what else can a simple toothpaste do? Well, here are the 8 uses of toothpaste around your house that can save you both time, money, and sometimes, even your dignity.
1. Clean Faucets and Sinks With Toothpaste
You can easily remove stubborn soap deposits or limescale residues on fittings with toothpaste and a disused toothbrush.
- Put some toothpaste on the dirt.
- Let everything sink in for a moment.
- Then use the brush to remove the cream residue.
- Toothpaste has the same effect when cleaning stainless steel sinks.
2. Toothpaste to Polish Silver Cutlery
Not only fittings but also tarnished silver cutlery or jewelry makes toothpaste shine again.
- Rub the tarnished areas with a soft, damp cloth and some toothpaste. It is important that you
- Do not use gel or a tooth whitening product for this.
- Then rinse everything off thoroughly.
- Rub the cutlery dry with a soft cloth.
3. Clean Your Iron With Toothpaste
The iron soleplate is susceptive to developing limescale and salt deposits. You can instantly smoothen the plate with a toothpaste treatment.
- Put some toothpaste on the underside of the cold iron.
- Rub the toothpaste with a soft cloth. Make sure that the steam nozzles do not become clogged.
- Remove the cream residue with a clean, damp cloth.
- Switch the iron onto the lowest level and press the steam function several times in a row to ensure no residue sticks onto the openings.
If you are not satisfied with the results, you can use these more aggressive ways of descaling your iron.
4. The Mirror No Longer Fogs Up
While you can use special glass cleaners to clean mirrors, your toothpaste is equally effective.
- Put some toothpaste on a soft, damp cloth.
- Use it to polish the mirror.
- Rinse the surface with clean water.
- Enjoy a mirror that catches less fog.
5. Fill The Drill Holes
Mortar is, in fact, the ideal product to fill any leftover drill holes. But, if you don’t have mortar around, your toothpaste can do the job equally well.
- Fill the holes with white toothpaste.
- Let it dry and if it shrinks, add more.
- The drill holes are gone for good.
6. Clean The Ugly Grout
Ugly grout? Some toothpaste and an old toothbrush can bust it easily.
- Put some toothpaste on the grout.
- Rub it with an old toothbrush.
- Rinse with warm or hot water.
- To ensure all residue is cleaned, you can use a damp cloth to clean afterward.
7. Remove Unpleasant Smell From Fingers/Nails
Cutting garlic, onions, or treating fish can leave sticky smells on the fingers, and even deep inside the nails. No worries though, something as readily available as your toothpaste can help.
- Take some toothpaste and massage it well into the skin.
- Let it stay for 2 minutes.
- Wash thoroughly with warm water.
- To add extra care, you can apply a moisturizing cream afterward.
8. Clean White Shoes With Toothpaste
Don’t want to give up on your white sneakers? Great, just clean them with your toothpaste to give them a second life.
- Squeeze some toothpaste onto a toothbrush and rub it onto the shoes.
- Let it stay for up to 20 minutes.
- Clean with a damp cloth to a new shine.
So, these were our cleaning hacks using toothpaste. Do you know any other cleaning uses a toothpaste offers? We would love to know!