Everyone uses toothpaste to brush their teeth, but do you know the alternative uses? Did you know toothpaste can help heal a bruise? This is just one of the many unusual home remedies using toothpaste that bloggers have been raving about.
1. Heal a bruise
Try mixing toothpaste with lotion and applying the homemade salve to a bruise before bed. Loosely cover the bruise and rinse the area in the morning. Repeat this process until the bruise disappears (2- 3 days).
2. Treat acne
Dabbing nonwhitening toothpaste (no gels!) on a pimple in the evening will dry up the zit by the next morning.
3. Deodorize hands
If you've been cutting garlic or handling fish, you may feel desperate to rid your hands of those nasty smells. Toothpaste deodorizes hands in the same way it does your mouth.
4. Soothe a bug bite
Itchy from that nasty bug bite? Dab a drop of toothpaste on a bug bite or insect sting to soothe the itch or pain. This home remedy works for all sorts of skin ailments, from sores to blisters.
5. Clean fingernails
For shinier, stronger nails, scrub them regularly with toothpaste. If it works for your teeth, it should work for your nails too, right? Make sure to scrub both under and over the nails.
6. Shine silver and brass
You may be surprised to learn that toothpaste has applications outside the body. It can also be used to shine and buff silver and brass. Try lightly scrubbing your precious metals with a soft toothbrush treated with a dab of toothpaste. Rinse the materials thoroughly and polish with a soft cloth.
7. Clean a bathroom sink
Toothpaste functions as a natural abrasive and deodorizer, and therefor works wonders on bathroom sinks. Toothpaste is also useful in shining chrome faucets and ridding them of water stains. Simply rub in a dab of toothpaste and then rinse.
8. Make scuffs disappear
Remove scuff on leather and linoleum. For leather shoes and purses, rub the scuff with a soft cloth and rinse with a damp cloth. To clean linoleum, scrub the residue using toothpaste and a dry cloth.