We all know that toothpaste is great for our teeth. In fact, it is nothing short of a requirement these days. But the paste has more uses than you may have imagined with a wide range of useful benefits if you know the tricks. Read on to learn a few of our favorites.
1. Silver Polish
By using a small brush or cloth, take a white toothpaste (something generic) and work the paste onto the silver. Make a few rounds with a solid polishing, rinse the item off with clean water, preferably warm, and buff it dry with a towel. Not only does this make the silver shine again, the paste is significantly cheaper than most silver cleaning products.
2. Get Rid of Water Rings
Just about everyone has a table or desk that has a few water rings on it. With a soft fiber cloth and just a little pressure, a small amount of white toothpaste will remove those rings with almost no problem at all. Once you have done the cleaning, use a moist cloth to dry the area then throw a little furniture polish or olive oil on it for a touch-up.
3. Clean Your Leather
Leather items throughout your house will get minor scuffs no matter how careful you are. While there are expensive polishes that will remove the scuffs, a little toothpaste, and a soft cloth will work just as well. After you clean the area with the paste on the cloth, use a clean moist cloth to wipe any remaining paste off the scuff. After that, you just need to let air dry the area.
4. Shoes Can Look New
Very similar to cleaning leather, shoes can benefit in the same way. Regardless of the material, a brush can be used to clean bottoms and other areas of tennis shoes with relative ease. A toothbrush is perfectly suited for this as it can get into the cracks and crevices of the shoes. A moist cloth is all you need to finish the job.
5. Car Headlights Need a Brushing
Car headlights can be a little more involved than the other tips on this list. First, you need to clean the headlights with soap and water to get any dirt and debris off of the surface. After that, take a cloth and apply toothpaste to rub across the surface evenly. Act as if you are waxing the headlight. Once there is a solid film and you have cleaned the entire headlight, a moist cloth will be all you need to give it a “like new” polish.
6. Fix Holes In Walls
Just like you would with a more expensive caulking gun, toothpaste can easily fill small holes on walls throughout your house. Simply apply some toothpaste to the small holes, fill the area a little and let it dry. If the paste doesn’t match the color of the wall, it is easy to apply some food coloring to find a matching color.