Toothpaste contains mild
abrasives and detergents
mixed with creamy thickening
agents that keep your teeth
clean and bright.
We tried it and found that those
same ingredients can help you
solutions to a number of messes
without resorting to expensive
1. Polish jewelry
Apply a thin film of toothpaste
to dull stones or tarnished metal
with a soft toothbrush or cloth.
Polish gently, rinse with water,
2. Remove carpet stains
Scrub stains with a toothbrush and
Blot with a damp cloth. Be sure to
test a small section of carpet to
make sure the dye doesn't come off.
3. Clean up scratched DVDs and CDs
• Gently dab a small amount of
toothpaste on the scratch with a
cloth and buff from the center of
the disk outward toward the rim.
• Rinse with water and dry with a
4. Spiff up sneakers
If the rubber soles of your
favorite kicks are getting
Scrub them with toothpaste
using a toothbrush or
5. Banish water rings on furniture
Gently buff away the water ring
with a small dab of toothpaste and
a soft, slightly damp cloth.
You may have to repeat the process
a couple of times
6. Clean the inside of grimy water bottles
Scrub with a narrow
bottlebrush and toothpaste,
and rinse thoroughly with hot
Rub a small amount of
toothpaste around the inside
of goggles or a diving mask
and rinse thoroughly.
8. Lift collar stains
Tackle those ugly gray stains
around the collars of shirts with
toothpaste and a toothbrush.
Rinse and launder.
9. Scrub your nails
Manicures are great until
the colored polish comes
off and your nails look
dingy and discolored.
10. Deodorize your hands
Wash your hands with a squirt of
toothpaste if you have been cutting
garlic or onions.
Do not use toothpaste on burns or
on your face to clear up pimples.
11. Patch small holes in walls
Fill thumbtack holes in drywall with
a little smear of toothpaste.
Smooth over the filled hole with a
piece of cardboard such as a playing
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