Toothpaste is one of those items we’ve been using our entire lives to help keep our teeth clean and cavity-free. But like many items in our home, it has more than one intended use.
YouTuber Wengie shares some of her favorite toothpaste hacks. While a couple of them get a thumb down from Wengie for not working as intended, the majority of these 15 toothpaste hacks will make you wonder how you lived without them. Here are 15 toothpaste hacks for making your life a little easier. Don’t forget to watch the video at the end of this article!
Toothpaste Hack #15: How to clean jewelry with toothpaste.
To restore a shine to your silver and gold jewelry, simply place a dab of toothpaste and scrub gently with a toothbrush. You’ll want to scrub every nook and cranny to bring out the shine in your rings and other jewelry.
Toothpaste Hack #14: How to remove coffee and tea stains with toothpaste.
Remove coffee and tea stains from your cups or thermos easily by scrubbing the interior with a generous amount of toothpaste and water. It may be difficult to gauge if they are clean so one tip is to pour the contents into a bowl. If it needs more cleaning, just pour the toothpaste and water back into your cup or thermos and scrub gently with a toothbrush until stains are gone!
Toothpaste Hack #13: How to waterproof matches with toothpaste.
To make regular matches waterproof, just coat their heads with toothpaste by inserting them into the toothpaste tube. As the toothpaste dries, it will create a coating to protect matches from water and other liquids.
Toothpaste Hack #12: How to seal an envelope with toothpaste.
If the thought of licking envelopes makes you sick, you can seal them by placing a tiny dab of toothpaste on your finger and applying it across the envelope opening. While this hack received a thumb down and didn’t really seal the envelope properly, it may ultimately work if the envelope has a chance to dry.
Toothpaste Hack #11: How to make fun stress balls with balloons and toothpaste.
For DIY life hack, you’ll need to balloons and a tube of toothpaste. Just secure your balloon over the tip of your toothpaste tube and squeeze toothpaste into the balloon until full. Tie it off when done and you’ll have a DIY stress ball. To make it even more fun, cut holes in a second balloon and place the first balloon into the balloon you just cut. This makes a unique stress ball that will have you squeezing just for fun.
Toothpaste Hack #10: How to clean a mirror with toothpaste.
Cleaning a mirror without streaks is the goal and many methods just don’t work. Cleaning a mirror with toothpaste is as easy as scrubbing toothpaste onto the mirror and removing with a tissue or damp cloth.
Toothpaste Hack #9: How to thread a needle with toothpaste.
If you don’t have a needle threader, try rubbing the end of the thread between your fingers with a little toothpaste. This will help reduce stray thread and make the thread a little stiffer at the end and make threading a needle a little easier.
Toothpaste Hack #8: How to remove onion smells from your hands with toothpaste.
Cooking with onions is healthy and while they make our breath smell like onions, our hands may also smell too if we have to chop onions. Ever notice even washing your hands with soap doesn’t remove the onion smell? Instead, try rubbing your hands with toothpaste like you would with soap and rinse your hands. The onion smell should be gone and your hands will smell minty fresh!
Toothpaste Hack #7: How to remove permanent marker with toothpaste.
Permanent marker is not so permanent when it meets toothpaste. Because most brands of toothpaste contain very, very mild abrasives, they can help remove permanent marker from most surfaces. Just place a dab of toothpaste on the area and gently scrub the permanent marker away with a toothbrush.
Toothpaste Hack #6: How to use toothpaste to correct writing mistakes instead of correction fluid or white-out.
While it certainly doesn’t replace correction fluid, if you are really stuck and need something to correct a spelling mistake, toothpaste does work. While you may need to apply a few coats with your finger, it will dry and form an opaque coating to let you write over.
Toothpaste Hack #5: How to clean shoelaces with toothpaste.
If you don’t feel like doing a load of laundry to simply clean your shoelaces, try cleaning them with toothpaste instead! Add about 1/2 cup of toothpaste to a small bowl of water and let your shoelaces soak for a second. Then, use a toothbrush to brush away stains and leave them smelling minty fresh!
Toothpaste Hack #4: How to stick photos on the wall with toothpaste.
While using double-stick tape is probably the most secure method, you can stick photos on the wall with toothpaste and avoid damaging your walls in the process. Once the toothpaste dries, it will feel more secure and the photo can easily be removed at any time if needed.
Toothpaste Hack #3: How to clean coins with toothpaste.
While there are several methods to clean old coins, toothpaste is definitely the easiest but it does involve a little more elbow grease. Simply add a generous amount of toothpaste to a cup of water and stir until dissolved. Then, drop your coins into the solution and let them soak for at least 15 minutes. Using a toothbrush, give them a final scrub to remove stubborn stains. They should look much better than before and as an added bonus, they’ll smell minty fresh!
Toothpaste Hack #2: How to squeeze the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube by using a syringe.
While this hack gets a big thumb down from Wengie, it certainly does look like more trouble than it worth. If you still want to attempt, simply squeeze the remaining toothpaste into a syringe to make it easier to dispense the remaining toothpaste.
Toothpaste Hack #1: How to clean your phone screen and remove minor scratches with some toothpaste.
Keeping your smartphone screen spotless is somewhat difficult but when it needs a good cleaning, try toothpaste. Just like cleaning mirrors, spread a thin amount of toothpaste to your smartphone screen and wipe it off gently with a tissue or damp cloth. You’ll want to ensure that your phone is water resistant or waterproof before trying this toothpaste life hack.
Bonus tip: This toothpaste hack not only cleans your screen but is also useful for removing minor scratches. If you want to remove tiny scratches, simply use a cotton swab or soft cloth and rub the screen in a circular motion after applying a thin amount of toothpaste. Then, wipe your screen clean with a tissue or damp cloth.
Watch these 15 toothpaste hacks in action to make your life a little easier…
Just like these house cleaning tips using normal household ingredients, toothpaste is one item that does a lot more than help your teeth stay clean. Please share these toothpaste hacks with your friends and family.