Toothpaste – a SuperMom’s secret weapon

By Drum Digital
25 June 2014

Do you battle to remove chewing gum from your children’s hair, clean their nails after they’ve played outside or remove crayon marks from walls? Toothpaste comes to your rescue. Here are 10 nifty uses for toothpaste – other than keeping teeth white.

Do you battle to remove chewing gum from your children’s hair, clean their nails after they’ve played outside or remove crayon marks from walls? Toothpaste does the trick. Here are 10 nifty uses for toothpaste – other than keeping teeth white.

  1. Remove chewing gum from hair: Spread toothpaste over chewing gum and rub until the chewing gum breaks up. Remove leftover bits and wash hair thoroughly. This should remove the chewing gum completely.
  2. Clean fingernails: Use toothpaste and an old toothbrush to scrub under kids’ fingernails after they’ve been painting or playing in the garden. Their nails will be beautifully clean and as a bonus the toothpaste helps to strengthen the keratin in their nails. But be gentle – little fingers are sensitive.
  3. Remove crayon marks from walls: Toothpaste gets rid of crayon marks on walls (or even an artwork if necessary!) Squeeze a little toothpaste onto a damp cloth and using circular motions gently rub until all the crayon marks have been lifted. This method should be safe to use on painted surfaces but if the marks cover a large area first test the toothpaste on a small area. Wait 24 hours to ensure the paint isn’t affected before tackling an entire wall.
  4. Clean plastic furniture: Remove stubborn stains on plastic furniture by scrubbing them with toothpaste – they’ll look as good as new, especially if you use whitening toothpaste on white furniture.
  5. Mozzie bites: Standard (not gel) toothpaste applied to a mosquito bite relieves the itching and redness. Leaving the toothpaste on the skin prevents kids from scratching.
  6. Stain removal: Toothpaste gets rid of lipstick, grass and ink stains on clothes, floors and walls. Apply a little toothpaste, rub gently and rinse immediately. Repeat until the stain has disappeared. Remember to first test the toothpaste on fabric and surfaces as toothpaste that whitens teeth could have a bleaching effect.
  7. Remove scratches on leather: Scuff marks and light scratches on leather furniture disappear if gently rubbed with a little toothpaste on a soft cloth. Wipe with a damp cloth.
  8. Clean headlamps: Dirty headlamps can dull the light they emit but a little toothpaste does wonders to help you see better in the dark. Rub until clean, rinse with water and polish with a soft, dry cloth.
  9. Clean glasses and no fogging: A little toothpaste rubbed onto the lenses of your glasses helps to cover minor scratches and prevents them fogging up in damp conditions. The same technique prevents swimming goggles fogging up underwater.
  10. Clean your iron: Toothpaste is ideal for removing mineral build-up on your iron. Using an old toothbrush on a cold iron, scrub it with toothpaste so it goes into the holes. Wipe with damp paper towel until clean and voila! Your iron will be as good as new.

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