I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Your toothpaste isn’t just for polishing your pearly whites. While we’ve already filled you in on the scratch removal prowess of your toothpaste, I’ve discovered several other cleaning uses for this great bathroom product.
To do any of these jobs, you’ll need the following:
The toothpaste, obviously!
Old toothbrush (more than one is a good idea)
Having normal as well as whitening varieties will be handy.
Polish your Bathroom
Did you know that you can use toothpaste to get your bathroom shiny clean? Soap scum will be history with this neat little tip. Just add some toothpaste, scrub with a toothbrush and rinse! For any stainless steel items, rub with a damp microfibre cloth instead of the toothbrush.
Remove Stains From Clothing
You’ll only need to use a little toothpaste here. Just apply a small amount to the spot, gently rub and rinse off immediately. You may need to do this a few times until the stain is gone, then throw in the washing machine. You should do a patch test first though as whitening toothpaste may have a bleaching effect.
Clean Plastic Furniture
Whitening toothpaste will work wonders on white plastic furniture. All you need to do is agitate stains with a scrubbing brush and the toothpaste, and wipe down.
Make Old Sneakers Shine
Time to make use of old toothbrush. Take the laces out and scrub sneakers well to make them look new. Rinse with warm water and put them out in the sunshine to dry. This was my favourite tip – my shoes look amazing.
Remove Marker and Crayons
Marks on the walls are removed in a jiffy thanks to your trusty toothpaste. My white walls have recently become artworks thanks to an ambitiously artistic toddler at home, so I was very excited about this trick. Squeeze some paste onto the marks and rub in a circular motion with a damp cloth until the toothpaste – and the crayon – is gone!
Shine up Silver Jewellery
No need to buy expensive jewellery cleaning products anymore. Put a small amount of toothpaste on your silver then use the microfibre cloth to rub it in well. Rinse in warm water then gently pat dry with either paper towel or a dry cloth.
Scrub Stinky Hands
While it’s definitely delicious, cooking with garlic and other smelly ingredients can make your hands really reek. Include some toothpaste while you’re washing your hands to remove those odours. Remember to scrub underneath your fingernails as well.
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