7 Amazing Ways to Use Toothpaste

White, blue, and green stripe toothpaste oozing out of Colgate tube

A good dental routine includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist every six months. An important part of brushing your teeth is the type of toothpaste you use. From cavity protection to teeth whitening, different toothpastes offer different benefits.


However, did you know that toothpaste has other uses? Here are 7 unique ways to use toothpaste.


Removing Stains

Toothpaste can help remove stains from carpet and clothing. To clean a carpet stain, squeeze toothpaste directly onto the stain and scrub the area with a toothbrush. Rinse the toothpaste away with a damp cloth and repeat the process until the stain is removed.


To clean a stain on your clothing, apply a non-gel, bleach-free toothpaste to the spot with a little bit of water and rub the clothing together. Rinse the spot off and repeat the process until the stain is removed. While it may not work for all materials and stains, this process is very effective for removing ink stains.


Remove Watermarks on Furniture

If you’ve ever left a drink sitting on the table without a coaster, it’s likely that the glass left a watermark. Toothpaste can help remove the unsightly blemish from your coffee.


Water ring staining wooden table with glass of water sweating in background


Put a non-gel toothpaste onto a soft cloth and gently scrub the watermark. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away the toothpaste. Once the surface is dry, apply furniture polish.


Remove Cell Phone Screen Scratches

With a small amount of a non-gel toothpaste on a clean cloth or cotton swab, gently rub the phone’s screen in circular motions. Continue this until you see the scratch fade away.


Once your screen is scratch-free, wipe your screen with a slightly dampened cloth to remove the toothpaste.


Prevent Bug Bites from Itching

As we quickly approach summer in Texas, mosquitoes seem to enjoy ushering in the season. If you get a mosquito bite, put a dab of toothpaste on the bite. This will help stop the itching and will help reduce swelling.


Boy in red shirt itching bug bite on arm


Clean Your Vehicle’s Headlights

Thanks to bugs, dirt, and sun, headlights can become incredibly hazy, limiting what you can see when driving at night. However, toothpaste is a great way to clean away the grime. Squeeze toothpaste onto a clean cloth and scrub your headlights. The grime should gradually disappear.


Once you’re done scrubbing, wash off the toothpaste with water and a clean cloth.

Make sure not to get any toothpaste onto the vehicle; if you scrub the toothpaste off, your vehicle’s paint could be damaged.


Make Your Shoes Shine

To clean the rubber, white part of your sneakers, you can use toothpaste. Scrub a non-gel toothpaste over the rubber parts of your shoe with a toothbrush.


Dirty pair of green high top sneakers on wood plank background


Once you’re done, simply wash off the toothpaste with a damp cloth.


Wash Away the Stink

If you’ve been chopping onions or have been working in the yard, your hands can get stinky. Simply wash your hands with toothpaste to remove the stench. Just as toothpaste deodorizes your mouth, it can do the same for your hands.


Green and white toothbrush with white toothpaste sitting on bristles


The most important use for toothpaste is cleaning your teeth, which is a big part of maintaining healthy teeth. From teeth to furniture, toothpaste is a great item to always have on hand.


For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, contact Greenspoint Dental in Houston, Texas. We are dedicated to providing you and your loved ones with the best dental care.