9 Weird, But Practical Uses for Toothpaste

Believe it or not, toothpaste can do a lot more than just keep your pearly whites cavity-free.

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

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De-Grime Your Iron

You can kiss the days of a grime-covered iron goodbye. Apply a generous amount of toothpaste directly to the iron. Using a damp rag, spread the toothpaste around on the surface of the iron using circular motions. Remove the excess toothpaste, and your iron will look as good as new.

Get Rid of Polish Stains

Do you avoid brightly-colored nail polish for fear of stained fingers? Fear no more. Toothpaste has the cleaning power to remove those pesky stains and make your nails shine like they never have before. Remove the nail polish, and place a dab of whitening toothpaste onto each nail. Rub it in, and let it sit for approximately five minutes. Next, scrub each nail with a toothbrush. Finally, rinse the toothpaste off with warm water and pat dry. Voila! No more unwanted polish stains.

Polish Those Pearly White ... Tiles

Don't let grease or food splatters keep your tile from looking its best. Toothpaste has the cleaning power to keep your tiles looking brand new. Simply apply a small amount of toothpaste to a damp rag, and spread the paste onto the tile. Once clean, remove the excess paste and enjoy the pearly white results.

Deep Clean Your Grout

Banish ugly grout stains and unsightly buildup with toothpaste. Apply a dab of toothpaste to a toothbrush, and scrub away. Wipe off the excess toothpaste with a damp rag.

Fill Nail Holes

Whether you're a renter or a homeowner, you're going to love this hack. Tiny nail holes can be the bane of one's existence — especially if it means not getting your security deposit back. Toothpaste is ready to save the day. Place a small dab of toothpaste over the hole. Using a credit card, swipe the excess toothpaste off the wall. Once dried, cover the filled hole with paint and admire your handiwork.

Shine Those Silver Surfaces

Over time, silver and chrome surfaces can start to look drab and even dingy. Shine those surfaces with toothpaste. Apply a generous amount of toothpaste to a damp rag and spread the toothpaste over the surface. Wipe clean. Pro Tip: Use a toothbrush for tight spots.

Say 'See Ya' to Scuff Marks

Those scuff marks on your shoes are no match for toothpaste. Apply toothpaste directly to the scuffed area, and scrub with a toothbrush until the scuff marks are gone. Wipe away the excess toothpaste with a wet rag. Your dreams of squeaky-clean sneakers are now a reality. Bonus: Your shoes will smell minty fresh.

Freshen Up Your Walls

Is there anything more disheartening than a streak of crayon, pen or permanent marker on a clean wall? Luckily, you can get rid of those ugly marks with — you guessed it — toothpaste. Apply toothpaste directly to the mark, and scrub the wall until the stain has lifted. Remove any excess paste with a damp rag.

Defog Your Bathroom Mirror

Gone are the days of waiting for your mirror to defog after a hot shower. Prep your mirror for after-shower use with yes, toothpaste. Place a generous amount of toothpaste on a damp rag, and spread the toothpaste over the mirror using circular motions. Wipe the mirror clean, being sure to remove any toothpaste residue. Next time you step out of your shower, your mirror will be defogged and ready to use.

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