We love DIY cleaning recipes – they are simple, don’t require a lot of special ingredients and can replace many of the dangerous household products and detergents. We’ve already shared with you 6 great recipes with lemons, as well as 3 uses of salt for cleaning. Today, we decided to post these 10 curious uses of toothpaste – an inexpensive and easy to use product we all have in our home.
Repairing Scratched Old CDs and DVDs
The procedure is simple – wash the CD or DVD with water and then apply non-gel toothpaste on the scratch. Rub very gently with cotton pad and rinse with water. Dry well before using the disc. Doubt this will work? Here is a detailed explanation why this method works. You can use this trick to repair small scratches on your smartphone or laptop screen, or a scratched window.
Remove Water Rings from Wood
Having a nasty water ring on your wooden table or desk? The solution is simple – apply non-gel toothpaste onto the water ring. Just be careful to apply only onto the ring, not around it. Wait for 5 minutes and carefully scrub the paste into the wood, where the spot is. Wipe with damp cloth and dry with paper towel.
Remove Stains from White Fabrics
If you spill coffee or tea on your white shirt, or onto the white tablecloth – just apply some white toothpaste on the stain and let it stay for 2-3 minutes. After that remove the toothpaste with paper towel and rinse by dabbing the spot with clean damp cloth.
Clean Permanent Marker Stains on Wood
Apply generous amount of plain toothpaste onto the stain and start rubbing the wood with damp cloth without applying too much pressure. This technique may take between 1-10 minutes of gently, but continuous rubbing, but it works great. After you finish, wipe the toothpaste with clean damp cloth. Permanent market is gone and your wooden furniture is as good as new!
If you need to remove tarnish from your silverware and silver jewelry try this trick. Apply some toothpaste directly onto the silver and wait 5-10 minutes. Buff with microfibre cloth. Pay attention to small ornaments and details – this is where most of the tarnish forms. Rinse the toothpaste from the silver and dry well.
Clean Crayon Stains from White Walls
If your child had sudden artistic inspiration and expressed it with colourful crayon on the white wall – don’t panic! Just apply generous amount of plain, non-gel toothpaste onto the crayon marks, wait a few minutes, then rub them with a towel. Wipe the toothpaste using damp towel.
Polish Chrome Doorknobs and Other Fittings
Apply small amount of toothpaste onto a clean, lint-free cloth and gently rub the chrome fittings around your home. Don’t rinse the toothpaste with water just clean it with paper towel.
Make Soles of Your Sneakers White Again
In time the white side borders of the sneakers turn yellow. To restore the white colour of the sneakers soles apply some toothpaste, wait few minutes and then scrub them with old toothbrush. Rinse with water.
Clean the Scorched Iron
Apply non-gel toothpaste on the cold iron plate. Wait a few minutes, then rib the surface with circular motions using old cotton towel. Rinse with water. Then turn the iron on maximum heat and push turn the steam, to remove any toothpaste residues from the steam holes.
Clean Nails and Hands
If you are a smoker and your nails turned yellow rubbing them with toothpaste will restore their white colour. You can also use this trick to deodorize your hands after cutting smelly foods like fish, garlic and onion.
If you are not a fan of DIY recipes or you simply don’t have the time to clean, you can consider calling professional cleaners – nowadays companies provide wide array of cleaning services that will make everything in your home shine!