If you’ve always thought that toothpaste is just for achieving a perfect clean set of pearly whites, you were wrong! It turns out, there are surprising uses for this common household item— that we never had any idea about— until we’ve watched this video clip from Howdini. Take note that you need to use the all-white version of toothpaste only for the following hacks.
1. Clean Dirty Sneakers
Scrub away dirt and scuffs from your shoes using a toothbrush with white toothpaste. Wipe with a cloth after scrubbing. Your shoes will be sparkling white again!
2. Keep Your Nails Strong and Bright
Here’s a simple hack to help whiten discolored nails effectively. Gently scrub your nails using a toothbrush with toothpaste. Rinse with warm water and pat dry after. For best results, repeat the treatment several times a week.
3. Polish Your Precious Jewelry
Bring back the shine of your old or dull jewelry by scrubbing using a soft toothbrush and white toothpaste. Rinse in water and wipe with a cloth after.
4. Soothe Bug Bites Fast
Get rid of the pain and itch of bug bites by applying an ample amount of toothpaste to the affected area. Also, make sure that you clean the bitten area first before applying the paste.
5. Dry Stubborn Pimples Overnight
Apply a dab of white toothpaste on unsightly pimples/acne to help them dry out and lessen their healing time. Leave it overnight and rinse the next day. Make sure that you only apply a little amount as too much toothpaste can cause a burning sensation which can worsen the problem.
Also, choose white toothpaste not the multi-colored/gel type ones because the white version does contain baking soda and triclosan; ingredients that can help heal your pimples.
6. Remove Crayon Marks Left By Kiddos On Walls
Roll up your sleeves and get a sturdy toothbrush plus white toothpaste to brush off the crayon marks on the walls.
7. Get Rid Of Stinky Smell Of Hands
Rub your hands with toothpaste to remove the foul odor that you get from slicing onions, garlic or even when preparing fish. Rinse your hands after. If toothpaste can get rid of the smell of bad breath, it can help clean smelly hands too!