Interesting uses for toothpaste
Toothpaste is a pretty self-explanatory product (it is in the name), but did you know it can clean more than your mouth?
Toothpaste is the number one product used on life hack videos for anything from cleaning old jewellery to removing scuff marks from shoes. And the list continues.
Okay, so we would be crazy not to first share the benefits toothpaste has on your oral health. Toothpaste is a necessary part of a daily mouth-cleaning routine. The fluoride in the toothpaste keeps the enamel and outer layers of the teeth nice and strong. It also prevents tooth decay and leaves the surfaces white and shiny.
Different brands of toothpaste aren’t all created equally and some brands add in certain factors for extra benefits.
When brushed in the right way, toothpaste will help you remove bacteria and plaque that live on your teeth, explains VKL. Fluoride toothpaste also includes antibacterial ingredients. This decreases the risk of infection of the gums and softer tissues in the mouth. The reason your teeth need fluoride is that this chemical helps increase resistance to decay as well as other teeth disorders, besides its common benefits on oral hygiene.
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My old Piano
Many musicians will attest to having cleaned their piano keys with some toothpaste and a toothbrush. The white keys tend to turn a yellowish tinge over time, and the toothpaste will really liven them up.
Why is this?
Older piano keys were made from ivory, which is animal tooth and bone (the main part of the tusks of an elephant, walrus or narwhal). Modern piano keys are made from plastic, but toothpaste works equally well for cleaning, says The Spruce. Use a small amount of toothpaste and an old toothbrush to reach tight areas and then wipe down with a damp cloth.
Shine bright like a diamond
This toothpaste hack is quite well known too; you can clean your silver and diamond jewellery by mixing toothpaste with a bit of water. There are many methods, but basically, you can lay the dirty, dull jewellery in the solution for an hour then scrub off the loosened dirt. Then give the jewellery a good rinse and dry it thoroughly. WikiHow does, however, warn that while toothpaste is great for cleaning silver jewellery, it can also damage it if not used correctly.
Toothpaste contains abrasive particles that can polish off tarnish. These same particles can scratch the silver.
Avoid using toothpaste on sterling silver, highly polished silver, or anything that is silver-plated. These items are very soft and can be easily damaged by the toothpaste.
Fog in the Bathroom
This is a strange one, but it really works! You know the trick: Apply a thin layer of toothpaste to your bathroom mirrors and polish it into the surface. This way, when you are done showering (and steaming up the place) you can still look into clear mirrors.
In the same vein, it also does wonders for watermarks left on countertops and other surfaces. Add some toothpaste to your cleaning solution.
Ditch the Lipstick
Getting lipstick on your clothes is unavoidable. Especially now that we all need to wear masks in public, your make-up will inevitably get swiped on the inside of the fabric. Morning Chores says that toothpaste is the solution to this problem.
You simply put toothpaste on a toothbrush and gently scrub the stain until it is removed, the blog advises. Wash the clothing as usual thereafter.
The same goes for removing ink stains from cloth. Sometimes we get ink on our clothing by dropping a pen on us or ink splattering from a pen.