Monday, October 18, 2021

15 Surprising Magical Uses for Toothpaste You Don’t Know About

Do you know that toothpaste can not only be used to brush your teeth, but that there are also many other magical uses for toothpaste?

15 magical uses for toothpaste in your daily life

1. Insect bites

With mosquito, bee, scorpion, and centipede bites, your skin will feel unbearably itchy. By applying toothpaste over the affected area, you will get relief from the itching.

2. Scrapes

If your skin gets scraped, you can lessen the inflammation and stop the bleeding by putting toothpaste on the wound, and then binding it up.

3. Headaches and motion sickness

If you have a headache and feel dizzy during a trip, you can coat some toothpaste on your temples. The mint ingredient contained in toothpaste will ease your pain.

Woman in a red jacket standing by a car and rubbing her temple with a pained expression.
If you have a headache and feel dizzy during a trip, you can coat some toothpaste on your temples. (Image: via Dreamstime.com © Nicoleta Ionescu)

4. Heat rash

If you suffer heat rash due to hot weather, you can place a little toothpaste on the affected area, and then wash it off with clean water. Itching and heat rash can be eliminated by repeating the process several times.

5. Blood circulation

When you are outside in the winter, sometimes the cold may cause your hands and feet to become swollen, itchy, and tender. As long as the swollen area is not broken, you can use a cloth with a dab of toothpaste to rub it, because the ginger oil and peppermint oil usually contained in toothpaste can relieve the swelling by activating your blood circulation.

6. Reduce inflammation

When you have a picnic and get burned, you can also use toothpaste to reduce the inflammation and pain.

7. Refresh your flashlight

If your flashlight is used outdoors for too long, its light will get dimmer because its reflecting lens has turned black. You can make it bright as ever by softly rubbing the lens with a gauze and a little toothpaste.

A black flashlight sits on a nightstand.
Brighten a flashlight’s reflecting lens by softly rubbing with gauze and a little toothpaste. (Image: Santeri Viinamäki via wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0)

8. Clean your faucet

The faucet’s lower part always gets rusty if you don’t clean it regularly. You can clean it very quickly by scrubbing it with some toothpaste.

9. Clear the rust from your iron

Sometimes a layer of rust coats the bottom of your iron. By placing some toothpaste on the bottom surface and wiping it softly, the rust will disappear.

10. Clean your silverware

If silverware is not used for a long time, its surface will turn black from oxidation. You can brighten your silverware by wiping each piece with some toothpaste.

11. Clear away the fish smell from your hands

After cleaning fish, the smell left on your hands is always very hard to remove. By washing your hands with soap first and then repeatedly scrubbing with toothpaste, you can get rid of the smell.

Raw fish sitting on a wooden surface.
After cleaning fish, scrub your hands repeatedly with toothpaste to get rid of the smell. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

12. Fix small scratches on glass

The small scratches on your watch surface can be removed by applying a little toothpaste on its surface, followed by repeatedly rubbing with a soft cloth.

13. Clean kid’s crayon graffiti

Kid’s crayon graffiti can be wiped off using a damp cloth with some toothpaste.

14. Sweat stains

People sweat a lot in summer. Sweat stains on the collar and cuffs are extremely hard to get rid of. By applying a little toothpaste on the stains and rubbing repeatedly, sweat stains can be removed.

15. Stain-free porcelain

Toothpaste can remove residual stains caused by drinking tea or coffee from porcelain cups.

Try these magical uses for toothpaste and see how they work for you.

Research by Joseph & Lulu

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Billy Shyu
Billy has a liking for the beauty of nature and authentic traditonal culture. He has published over 100 articles on the beauty of Taiwan, traditional culture, and other interesting topics. He will continue to share more interesting articles with our readers
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