26 November 2012, Singapore – You have it in your mouth twice a day. Some people likes to swallow, some prefer to spit. Yes, I am talking about toothpaste. Toothpaste is important for keeping your teeth clean and whole, but there are also loads of primary uses for toothpaste which most people never knew about. Just be sure to use the white pasty stuff, not gel.
1)Cleaning bathroom sinks
Next time you drop a blob of toothpaste into the sink, don’t rinse it down, scrub it around. The natural abrasive works like other cleansers and deodorizes the drain at the same time.
2)De-odorize your palms
Cutting onions, cleaning fish, or handling garlic can leave a strong odor on your hands. Wash them with toothpaste to remove the smell.
Cover pimples with a dab of toothpaste before you hit the sack, then wash your face clean in the morning. This works for bug bites and bee stings too—just remove the stinger first. The paste will dry out and shrink your offending blemishes.
4)Soothe a stinging burn
For minor burns that don’t involve an open wound, toothpaste can deliver temporary cooling relief. Apply it delicately to the affected area immediately after a burn develops; it temporarily relieves the sting and prevents the wound from weeping or opening.
5)Clean up your fingernails
Our teeth are made of enamel, and toothpaste is good for them, so it stands to reason that toothpaste would also be good for our fingernails. For cleaner, shinier, and stronger nails, simply scrub the underneath and tops of fingernails with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
6)Crayon on painted walls
Children, crayons and walls are natural attractants. No need to panic. Just gently rub a damp cloth and some toothpaste on your child’s masterpiece, then rinse with a wet cloth and dry.
7)Prevent mirrors and glasses from fogging
Foggy mirrors in bathrooms are frustrating for people as we can not see our face clearly in it. Likewise, the hazy goggles can also lead to difficulties for drivers, swimmers and athletes. Apply non-gel toothpaste on mirrors and just remove it with soggy fabric. Be cautious at the time of cleaning goggle; don’t rub much because toothpaste can abrade its surface.
8)Brighten your jewelry
Use a soft toothbrush with a tiny amount of toothpaste to brush dull metal jewelry, then rinse and polish it to a shine with a soft cloth. Soak seriously grungy metal in a cup of water with dissolved toothpaste. Don’t use it to get a pearly white finish on actual pearls—toothpaste damages the surface.
9)De-funk a bottle
Wash baby bottles with toothpaste and a bottle scrubber, making sure to rinse them very well with water. The paste will get rid of that nauseating sour milk smell. You can wash your protein shake bottles/gym bottles this way to remove the smell too!
Scrub a carpet stain with toothpaste on an abrasive brush, then rinse with water. Tough stains require a couple of scrubbings. Toothpaste can also remove stains in cotton clothes, but it doesn’t work for all types of fabric. Try it on the rubber parts of your canvas shoes, it’ll work too!