Surprising Uses for Toothpaste

I love finding ways to use everyday items in new and different ways. The internet is a great source for learning alternate uses but some of these are uses I’ve picked up from some of the great older ladies in my life. There are quite a few surprising uses for toothpaste that I’ve tried over the years. You may want to give them a try as well.


  1. Clean baby bottles – This one was taught to me by Nanny Jean when my first son was born. You can remove the sour milk smell from your baby’s bottle by using a toothpaste and water mix. Scrub the bottle with a bottle brush then rinse it really well. You want to be sure to get all the toothpaste out. A non-gel toothpaste is best for this. This comes in really handy if you have a bottle that rolled under the seat of the car and you don’t notice it for a couple of days until you open the car door and your stomach jumps into your throat.


  1. Remove crayon marks from walls – This is another Nanny Jean trick. Just rub some toothpaste on a damp cloth and gently rub the crayon marks. High gloss paint may not hold up well to this so test an area that won’t show. I used this trick when my oldest son was 20 months old and drew a Christmas wreath on the wall on Christmas Eve right before company was due to arrive.


  1. Treat bug bites – Use toothpaste on mosquito bites, ant stings, and other small insect bites. It also works on bee stings as long as you’re not allergic to those insects. Thank you to my Aunt Juanita, an old southern gal, for that one!


  1. Get rid of scuff marks on linoleum – Back to Nanny Jean for this tip. She had a lot of kids and grand kids and they weren’t always careful to remove their shoes in the house. Just use a bit of toothpaste on a dry cloth to scrub the scuff marks until they’re gone.


  1. Clean piano keys – Aunt Millie gets credit for this tip. Dampen a cotton swab and add a tiny bit of toothpaste. Swab each key gently and then wipe dry and buff a bit. Her piano keys were lovely!


  1. Remove scratches from car headlights – This one comes from, if I remember correctly, my Uncle Dave. Rub of good amount of toothpaste on the headlight cover and rub gently with a clean cloth. Uncle Dave spent a lot of time babying his car which we weren’t allowed to sit on, ride in, or look at really hard.


  1. Clean your diamond ring – When I got married the guy at the jewelry store told me this is a good way to clean diamonds in between professional cleanings. Just apply some toothpaste to an old toothbrush and brush the ring clean. Rinse thoroughly.


  1. Clean your shower door – Apply a non-gel toothpaste to a damp sponge and rub on the door in a circular motion. Rinse well and dry with a towel. This one came from a maid at an apartment building I worked at when I was young. She didn’t use it at work since she wasn’t going to explain buying 50 tubes of toothpaste a week to our boss. She did use it at home and swore by it.


  1. Clean the seals of your refrigerator – Use an old toothbrush and toothpaste to clean the seals of the refrigerator. A toothbrush is the perfect size and toothpaste is just abrasive enough to clean those tight spots. My friend, Lorna swore by this and I have to say it works!


  1. Get rid of skunk odor – Our dogs have only taken on a skunk once but the two that did were BIG dogs. Our Great Dane and my Anatolian Shepherd both got blasted. It was disgusting! Until I could get to the vet to buy their special skunk odor-removing shampoo I tried Aunt Juanita’s method. I wet the dogs down and then rubbed toothpaste all over the areas that got sprayed. I rubbed it in as best I could and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then I rinsed the dogs thoroughly. I then used toothpaste on my hands to get rid of the smell transferred from those damned, stupid dogs who thought it was a good idea to go mess with an animal that…. Never mind. It really did help the stench.



Author: Elizabeth

I'm a wife, mom, and grandma (known as Bam) who loves cooking, baking, gardening, and all things that go into making a cozy coop for my brood. I have a disability so you may pick up tips on how to do things when some things just don't work right!

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