Toothpaste isn’t just for your teeth, you know! We’ve got some of the best “who knew?” uses for your next tube of Colgate.

Here’s 9 of the best toothpaste hacks to solve every day problems in your mum life! 

Okay, so you know that your Colgate keeps your mouth healthy, your smile bright and your teeth white. But, that’s not all. Did you know that your tube of toothpaste is actually a major multi-tasker? Yep. Check out these not-so-expected uses for your tube of Colgate.

Un-scuff Your Shoes

Your guy’s dress shoes have definitely seen better days. They’re scuffed, and you have absolutely no shoe polish on hand. That’s okay. Toothpaste to the rescue! Squeeze a small amount on the scuffed area and rub gently (in a circular motion) with a damp washcloth. Don’t overdo it when it comes to the water. Lightly wet the cloth. Using too much water may damage the leather.

Polish Your Kitchen or Bath Fixtures

Your fine fixtures are delicate. An abrasive cleanser will scratch and dull the surface. So, you need something that shines without being too harsh. Your paste is perfect. Think about it. The abrasive in your toothpaste is gentle enough to use on your teeth. But, it still gets your whites pearly. Take that same gentle cleaning ability and apply it to your fixtures. Lightly rub a dab of toothpaste onto the surface, and wipe it off with a wet washcloth.

Stop CDs/DVDs from Skipping

Again, it’s the gentle abrasiveness at work here. Lightly buff out those scratches with a tiny dab of paste. The scratches might not disappear, but the toothpaste smooths the surface enough to stop most skips. That is, unless you have a truly deep groove. (see what we did there?!)

Whiten your sneakers

No, not the canvas parts or the fabric laces. Toothpaste whitens the rubber parts (such as the top toe area or sides) of your workout shoes. Slather it on and then grab an old toothrbush to get the gunk, yellowing and dirt off. When they’re clean, wipe the remaining paste and residue off with a damp cloth.

Removing crayon from your walls

Smear a tiny bit of toothpaste onto a damp cloth and use a circular motion to take the crayon away. Avoid gel toothpastes – these won’t work as well and may just leave behind a bluish mess. Keep in mind too, as the paste may remove more than just the crayon. It may also take away some of the colour or lustre that the paint has. Of course, your child may already kind of ruined the paint with her impromptu graffiti session. So, you don’t really have a lot to lose.

Hole Filler

Hmm, say what? Let’s say you toddler tosses his favourite race car into the wall. Why would he do that? Well, because he’s a toddler. Now you have a teeny little hole or a crack. Instead of Polyfiller, grab a pure white toothpaste and squeeze a small amount into the hole and use a putty knife or the edge of a credit card to smooth it out. After it dries you’ll need to cover it with paint.

Zap Zits

Yeah, you thought those pimples went away years ago. Maybe you just had a baby, you started some sort of new birth control or you’re super-stressed. Hormones, anxiety and plenty of unknown factors can cause you to have a breakout (or a few). A little dot of plain, non-whitening toothpaste will dry up that zit. But, put it on at night. It’s not exactly a daytime look you want to sport.

Clean the Toilet

Do you need to polish some not-so-pleasant looking marks and stains off the sides of the porcelain bowl? Just squeeze the paste onto the inside of the bowl, scrub it with a brush and rinse!

Get Smells Out

Well, it makes your breath smell minty fresh. Right? So, it stands to reason that it might also help out with other odours. Use it on hard surfaces, such as that leftover container you filled with onions, as an odour-reducing cleanser. Make sure to thoroughly rinse the container before using it again.

Still Want More?

This cool little video has more Colgate tips and tricks – is there any end to what you can do with toothpaste? Happy hacking! Want more check out 10 Must Know Cleaning Hacks! 

Author

Erica Loop is a mum, parenting writer and educator with an MS in child development. Along with writing for websites such as PBS Parents, care.com, Scary Mommy, mom.me, Modern Mom, education.com and others, she also is the creator of a kids' activities and art blog.

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