Surprising Uses for Toothpaste

toothbrush and toothpasteToothpaste is, of course, essential for maintaining strong dental health, but you’d be surprised at how many other uses you can find for it around the home. Besides toothpaste’s ultimate use as a tooth cleaner, here are some of the many surprising uses for toothpaste—just to give you a few more reasons to stock up on it.

Whitening piano keys

If you think about it, the ivory you find on many piano keyboards comes from an animal’s tusks, so it makes sense that toothpaste is one great whitening option for your piano keys. To whiten piano keys with toothpaste, you need only a tube of toothpaste and a soft cloth for buffing. Note: Pianos keys require special care when cleaning, as liquid seeping between the keys can be extremely damaging.

Cleaning your iron

Tired of that gunk sticking around on the bottom of your iron? Rub some toothpaste onto the soleplate of a cooled and unplugged iron, and then wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth.

Removing coffee table water rings

If you’re coffee table is plagued with water rings after someone forgot to use a coaster, try rubbing a soft non-gel toothpaste onto the wooden surface to remove the ring. Wipe away with a damp cloth, follow up with furniture polish, and you’re done.

Removing scuff marks from shoes

If you have canvas sneakers with scuff marks on them, try applying a thin layer of toothpaste to a soft cloth to gently buff away scuff marks. Follow up with a damp cloth to wipe clean.

Deodorizing containers

If you have clean plastic containers that harbor a strong food odor that won’t seem to go away, toothpaste can help you get rid of those odors. Simply scrub the insides of your containers with toothpaste instead of dish soap.

Deodorizing hands

Similarly, you can get rid of pesky garlic or onion odors by rubbing your hands with toothpaste under running water.

Whitening nails

If your nails are yellowed from past applications of nail polish, try scrubbing clean nails with a toothbrush and some toothpaste. Follow up with a lemon juice soak if necessary.

Defogging headlights

Cloudy headlights that won’t clear up with glass cleaner? They aren’t dirty—they’re oxidized. Plastic headlights can easily become oxidized after heat from your headlights, UV exposure, and other harsh elements work together to break down the protective film that originally protected your headlights. To get your headlights clear again (which is highly important not only for aesthetic reasons but also for safety), you can get a $20 headlight restoration kit from your local auto parts store, or you can save some cash by using simply an old toothbrush and some non-gel, gritty toothpaste to get the job done with similar results.