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9 unexpected uses for toothpaste

Who knew the humble toothpaste was so versatile?
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Bites and Blisters

Toothpaste is great for healing itchy, weeping wounds such as insect bites and blisters. Applying a dab directly to the area can help lessen swelling and also dry up the wound, speeding up healing.

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Blitz those zits!

Want to speed up the healing of a pesky pimple? Apply a tiny amount of toothpaste to the blemish before bed and it will dry up like magic.

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Defog your goggles

How annoying is it when your goggles fog up under water? They’re meant to help us see, not restrict our vision! Try smearing a little bit of toothpaste on the inside of your goggles then rinsing it for a crystal clear view.

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Dirty clothing

To treat dirty clothing, apply toothpaste directly to the stain and rub until the mark is gone before washing as usual.

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Carpets

For carpets, apply toothpaste and scrub gently with a brush, then rinse immediately.

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Walls

Toothpaste will also remove crayon ‘artwork’ on walls. Simply apply a little to the area with a damp cloth and rub gently. Easy and so effective!

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Make your jewellery shine

Toothpaste makes a fantastic and cheap cleaner for silver jewellery and silverware. To use, rub toothpaste onto the item and leave overnight. Then in the morning, just wipe clean with a soft cloth. Don’t use on pearls as it will damage their finish.

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A very ‘handy’ scrub

Remove food smells such as garlic, fish and onions from hands by applying toothpaste to your hands and giving them a scrub. Now that’s something to smile about!

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Shine those nails

Although manicures are lovely and luxurious, we don’t always have the time to spare. Scrub your nails with a nailbrush and some toothpaste to keep them shiny and clean!

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