Helpful Household Hints: Toothpaste for Cleaning

Did you ever think of toothpaste as a multitasking household item? If not, then think again! Toothpaste is meant for brushing teeth, but it has other uses as well. Next time you buy a tube of toothpaste and don’t like the flavor of it, don’t toss it out in the garbage; put it to good use elsewhere in your apartment!
  • If your children get carried away with their coloring and get some crayon marks on the walls, then Colgate or Crest can come to the rescue. Rub a little bit of toothpaste on the crayon marks on the walls and then take a damp rag and wipe them away.
  • If you run out of Spackle to fill in nail holes or tack holes in the walls, then use white toothpaste to fill in the holes instead.
  • Toothpaste works as an excellent polisher for silver. Toothpaste is also a useful tool for getting scratches off of surfaces made of plastic and even to get rid of scratches on CD's.
  • If you are tired of the fog and steam that builds up on your bathroom mirror after your shower, then try this trick: put a tiny speck of toothpaste on your mirror and leave it there for a few seconds and then wipe it off. This will not prevent fog or steam from showing up, but it will cause it to not be as heavy as it was before. This does not just work on mirrors but also windows, goggles and so on.
  • You know how sometimes you buy a bottle with juice in it and after the juice is gone you want to use the bottle for something else but the odor of the drink is too strong? Toothpaste can act as a deodorizer in these instances. It also works for sour milk in babies’ bottles or any type of drink that has sat for too long in a glass, mug or bottle. Put some warm water in the bottle with a dab of toothpaste and then rinse it thoroughly. For really strong smells, you may need to let it sit for a while before you rinse it out.
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