One of the most useful and unexpected products that I use all over my house is toothpaste. There are literally so many uses that it was hard picking just 4 for this post, but I’ve broken it down to the things that I mostly use toothpaste for, other than brushing my teeth, admittedly sneaking in a few tips too. My favourite toothpaste to use, is the Sunstar GUM Original White toothpaste as it is both gentle and effective, being sure to get any job done. It is key to use a non-gel toothpaste.
Removing nail polish and hair dye stains
I am always wearing nail polish but sometimes find that the darker colours can leave really bad stains that are often seen right through my lighter nail polish. To remove these stains, I first clean my nails with nail polish remover and then apply some toothpaste on a nail brush and gently scrub my nails, being sure to cover every nail. After rinsing the minty formula off, you can see the dramatic difference. Sunstar GUM Original White toothpaste is especially great for this, as it is a whitening formula so is even better at getting your nails in tip-top condition. For more stubborn stains (yes, I am looking at your toes) try this method daily until the stains have lifted.
I recently had my husband dye my hair and what a messy job he did. I started freaking out when not even nail polish remover was getting the stains off my forehead (right before an event, no less) so I tried my luck with toothpaste and a baby toothbrush by gently rubbing it all over my forehead and scrubbing the dye marks. In no time, the stains were washing away and after a second application, even the toughest stains had vanished.
I don’t wear a lot of jewellery – because TODDLER! But I never take off my wedding ring. With time, I have noticed that the twists in my band can gather a build-up and that my diamond may seem a little dull. Instead of taking it to be cleaned, I just use a baby’s toothbrush and toothpaste. Gently cleaning between all the twists and turns, and rubbing over the stone. I have found that it is one of the most effective ways to clean my jewellery and considering that Sunstar GUM Original White toothpaste is gentle on enamel, you can count on it being just as good on your jewelry too. If you have silver appliances or mirrors around the house, you can also use toothpaste to polish them and remove scuff marks or prevent glass from fogging up.
Removing crayon from walls
Do I need to say more? My toddler is a self-proclaimed wall artiste and usually has me stressing and worrying over all the marks that he has left on the walls of our rented home. Once a week, I remove all his art with some toothpaste and a cloth, the marks easily vanish and fade away, making space for new murals and graffiti. This method is also very useful for removing ink or lipstick from clothes.
Do you remember that old TV advert where the girl is walking around with a lobster on her face? I feel like that all too often but have found that applying a dab of toothpaste just before bed does the trick. The toothpaste dehydrates the pimple and absorbs any oil. Note: This may irritate sensitive skin.