Toothpaste isn’t just for brushing teeth: 6 household hacks
Dentists recommend that each person brushes their teeth at least twice a day, but the Internet recommends hundreds of other day-to-day uses for toothpaste. Toothpaste is a cleaning agent. In the mouth, it tackles some of the toughest stains and smelliest bacterias on a daily basis. Since toothpaste has been around for so long, major companies have been able to perfect their formulas over the years. Why not use decades worth of deodorizing, stain-fighting power in other parts of the home? Toothpaste is also good for way more than cleaning. Unless otherwise noted, white, regular toothpaste, rather than colorful gels or foaming toothpaste, is recommended.
Clean filthy sneakers
Toothpaste can remove sticky plaque from teeth because it has small particles inside it that help to rub the grime away. This aspect also makes toothpaste perfect from removing ground-in dirt from sneakers. The best types of toothpaste for removing tough sneaker stains are whitening toothpaste and those that have cleaning crystals. The same chemicals that help to whiten teeth can also whiten the surface of sneakers. Extra crystals give the toothpaste an added layer of mechanical action to help lift tough stains. Since toothpaste is safe to use inside of the human mouth, it does not contain any chemicals that could damage shoes. With the exception of suede, toothpaste is a safe cleaning agent to use on any sneakers.
Substitute toothpaste for caulk
There have been viral videos of dry ramen noodles being used to repair ceramic sinks. Toothpaste may not be equipped for that kind of heavy-duty construction, but toothpaste is a simple and cheap option for repairing small holes, like those created by nails in walls. For this type of alternate use of toothpaste, it is best to use a brand that is white without any colorful flakes or crystals. Simply rub a generous amount of toothpaste on top of the hole. Once the hole is completely sealed with toothpaste, use a rag to thoroughly and gently remove all of the excess paste from the wall. In a day, the toothpaste will dry, the hole will be closed, and no one will be able to tell the difference.
Deodorize plastic containers
Toothpaste has properties that eradicate the odor-causing bacterias that cause bad breath. These same properties can be used to attack other kinds of odors. Tupperware is one of the most heavily used items in the average kitchen. Even if it is cleaned thoroughly, Tupperware can begin to hold the colors and smells of past foods. A mixture of water, toothpaste, and baking soda can prevent this issue. Water and baking soda need to be mixed in a separate container first. Dip a clean rag in the water and baking soda mixture. Next, squeeze toothpaste onto the wet rag. Using the same rag, rub toothpaste all over the plastic container. This will remove stains, deodorize, and clear up any scratches or impurities in the plastic.
Clean cloudy headlights
Driving around with cloudy headlights at night is a serious safety hazard because it decreases how far ahead a driver can see. Car dealerships and mechanics offer expensive headlight cleaning packages, and there are a few companies that have complicated DIY kits. With toothpaste, all that is needed is a tube of the incredibly useful paste and two rags. Use one of the rags to rub the toothpaste all over the headlights. Use the other rag, with a little water on it, to make sure that all of the toothpaste is removed from the headlights. The small, abrasive particles in toothpaste will help to polish the lights and get rid of all the grime and gas that makes them cloudy. The hardest part of the process will be removing and replacing the headlights, but it is certainly much cheaper than getting headlights professionally cleaned.
Wash smelly hands
Some types of dirt require more than soap to go away. After cooking with strong-smelling ingredients, like sardines or garlic cloves, or working with harsh-smelling chemicals, like paint or motor oil, the odor could remain on the hands long after the original substance is washed off. After using soap and water to get rid of germs, use toothpaste and water to tackle smells. Simply squeeze toothpaste on to the hands and lather up just as one would when washing the handles with soap. After rinsing the hands, the smell should be gone. Especially when it comes to removing chemical smells, this is a safer solution than harsh industrial soaps. Many industrial soaps have warnings on the label about carcinogenic ingredients.
If there is a surface that can get foggy, toothpaste can prevent it. Bathroom mirrors, swimming goggles, work goggles, glasses, and scuba masks are just a few of the glassy surfaces that toothpaste can keep fog off of. Before the fog occurs, use a cloth to wipe toothpaste all over the glass surface of the item. Then, use pure water to thoroughly rinse all of the toothpaste off. This will prevent fog for forming on the surface. As the months pass by, it may be necessary to repeat this process to keep your glass surface fog-free. This alternate use of toothpaste is especially useful for the bathroom mirror because a foggy mirror is a daily annoyance for so many people. Although it may seem like this concept should work on the windshield of a car, toothpaste is not recommended for windshields. Windshields are very large and they are expensive to repair. The amount of time and rubbing necessary to wipe a large windshield with toothpaste is likely to cause the paste to be left on for too long or rubbed in too hard. This could leave scratches or permanent residue.