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5 Handy Cleaning Hacks Using Toothpaste

These useful tips don't involve your teeth!


From vinegar to wax paper or salt, it no longer comes as a surprise when we discover that a household staple can serve more than one purpose. Now, your toothpaste can be part of your list of household wonders, too! Did you know that the thick goop we use to buff our pearly whites everyday is also an effective all-around cleaner? Here’s a list of alternative uses you can try: 

1. Polish your jewelry

Make your arm candy sparkle bright by putting a dab of toothpaste on an old toothbrush and gently scrubbing away any dirt build-up. Once it looks brand new, wipe off the excess toothpaste with a damp washcloth.

RL Tip: This hack works well for diamond rings, too!

2. Remove watermarks from furniture

We’re all guilty of forgetting to use coasters to hold our drinks which usually leads to stubborn watermarks on our furniture. To get rid of the white rings, gently rub some non-gel toothpaste on the wood with a soft cloth. Apply furniture polish as you normally would afterwards. 

3. Clean and remove scuffs from well-loved sneakers

Get scratches off of your favorite pair of kicks with a little bit of toothpaste and a mildly abrasive washcloth. Gently brush away any stains, wipe off residue with a clean cloth, and let it air dry when finished.

RL Tip: This tip doesn’t just work on canvas—it’s great for whitening dirty soles, too! 

4. Clean the bathroom sink

Non-gel toothpaste works just as well as your average detergent for cleaning the bathroom sink. All you have to do is squirt a small amount, scrub with a sponge, and rinse it out. The best part? Toothpaste kills any funky odors that are lingering around the drain.

5. Buff rust of iron

Do you often leave copper marks on your favorite shirts when ironing? When it’s not in use, scrub the underside of your iron with some toothpaste before washing it with soap and water to keep you from worrying about stains. 

PHOTOS: Miguel Nacancieno and (Main) | Marc Jao (2 and 4)  

Sources: Apartment Therapy | Trish Barber (Extraordinary Uses For Ordinary Things) via Reader's Digest

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