Toothpaste. It keeps your teeth from rotting and falling out of your face. It makes you eligible for kisses you otherwise wouldn't qualify for. And it ensures that you drink your morning orange juice BEFORE brushing.

But it's got other uses. It can save you money, make you seem like a better roommate than you are, or rescue your TLC and Alanis Morissette CDs. Read on for some unusual uses of toothpaste. And if you've got a use for toothpaste that I didn't mention here, post it in the comments.

Step 1: Spackle Those Drywall Holes

It was 10:45, and my landlord was supposed to come around at 11:00 to do a final walkthrough of the apartment to determine if I would get back my sizeable security deposit. My place was so clean that the radiator and vertical slat blinds seemed oddly prominent, but there was still something off. I hadn't partied with Motley Crüe, I wasn't hoarding cats, and the burglars left surprisingly little damage once the broken window was cleaned up.

10:46. I'm wishing I had studied "Highlights for Children" more diligently while I waited to see my dentist. What's wrong with this picture?

Ohhhhhhh... there are a series of holes in the walls ranging in size from very tiny to small. Stupid picture frames, calendar nail, and curtain rods. Why didn't I realize that I would have to move out eventually and fill all of these holes? It's already 10:48?!

What to do what to do what to do... spackle. I need something spackly. Something white and pastey and... That's it! Toothpaste to the rescue. A quick dab here, a gentle smoosh there, and voilá! Handled.

11:15. Full deposit returned in exchange for my minty-fresh apartment. Cashier's check, you and I are going to the bank before the toothpaste dries.
As a landlord, I wouldnt appreciate the toothpaste in the wall. A for effort but lets just say I would be deducting some money depending on how many holes i needed to remove toothpaste from and spackle with compound and repaint.
<p>Apparently you can also use it to clean your teeth!<br></p>
<p>I have no teeth anymore so all of these ideas have actually saved me money. I have used toothpaste to clean my jewelry for years. Try it! Use a old toothbrush in doing this, rinse your jewelry &amp; brush at the same time, then your done!</p>
Great Instructable! I used to run a used record/cd store, and toothpaste was an effective tool to remove scratches (I always used Pear Drops). I recommend rubbing from the center of the disc to the edge, rather than concentric circles, though. Turtle Wax also makes a good finishing step...
I've used Armor All too for finishing, but Turtle Wax is also a good product. DON'T use Future floor wax or the other floor wax that contains Future. It makes it nice and shiny, but the disc will no longer play.<br> <br> I just got a new TV (my 20 year old POS finally crapped out). Then I had to update my DVD player because my fantastic old carousel didn't talk to the TV. Then we had to get a new Thing, I don't even know what it's called, for all the other thingies to plug into. (The last time I got one of these it was called an amp, where you plugged in all your components.) THEN we had to get a new cable box, and we got a dealie to read off flash drives and SD cards for all the crap we downloaded. And finally, we bodged in a way for the VCR to play (looks like sh*t now on the fancy-pants TV). The record player required a new pre-amp to plug into this amp-on-steroids, and now I can listen to my A-Ha and DuranDuranDuran records again. Woot! They sure sound great through the Polks.<br> <br> Day after we finally got it all working, the next door neighbor came over and asked if we wanted his old TV coz he was going to go hi-def. We told him to expect to pay a lot more than just for the TV to upgrade his system.<br> <br> Why do they keep changing things? It's not like the shows are getting any better. You'd think with all the sparkly new A/V stuff, they might show happier news on TV, play better music on the &quot;radio&quot;, or have better shows on TV. But no, it's just more channels of crap to choose from. If I rub toothpaste on the remote control, will it spiff up the programming? Maybe I should rub toothpaste on the dudes in charge.<br>
<p>I've saved SO much more money than I ever realized - by Not &quot;having to buy&quot; all the above-mentioned items. You even mention that &quot;the shows are not getting any better.&quot; Our TV (which I literally do not even know how to turn on) has this amazing thing called an &quot;Off button.&quot; Works like a charm. I make my husband use it every time he leaves the house. If it were up to me we would not even have a TV. Why watch fake things happening when you could go out and do a lot more exciting things yourself? (Like finding other uses for all that money you're saving...) OK, rant's over.</p>
<p>Smart person. Don't you especially enjoy seeing a television being the main attraction of a living room and then there's not a book insight.</p>
<p>? </p><p>No Books?!?</p>
<p>I believe those &quot;Things&quot; are called &quot;Speakers&quot; or a &quot;Sound System&quot;.</p>
<p>Try it on your subs anus for a slow warming effect! </p>
<p>You missed by far the most important (after brushing your teeth) use. Removing scratches from glass, especially TVs and monitors. It is absolutely astounding - take your TV, put a big gouge in it (generally, I find this happens without assistance if you have kids around). Scream loudly at the kids, and then pull out your toothpaste, fill the gouge with toothpaste, wipe off the residue to leave it smooth and the scratch is entirely removed. I've done this several times for several very bad scratches - it is amazing.</p>
<p>Haha! That's fun and informative. Thank you!</p>
<p>The best unusual use I have found for toothpaste is as treatment for Mosquito and other bug bites. It stops the terrible itching like almost nothing else does, even specialized anti-itch treatments. I told a camp nurse about it a number of years ago and now she swears by it.</p>
<p>Awesome and HUGE THANKS! Living in the south, the skeeters are BIGGER as are ALL of the bugs. The itches just don't get quenched by ANYTHING. Now .. just have to REMEMBER the next time a bite sets it to grab my tube of toothpaste! Delighted :-D</p>
<p>I have also had this experience , my huwsband stepped into an ant's nest while working outside so I bought a special oitment. That ointment didn't do a darn thing. He couldn't believe how quickly the toothpaste took the itch away.</p>
<p>believe it or not, this may sound crazy bt i know it works firsthand. Okay, so when my oldest daughter was 3 she drew all over our brand new flat screen tv, wall, and 3 day old laminate flooring. I freaked, her dad was gonna be livid. So out of sheer panic of having no cleaners on hand, i grabbed my toothpaste, the good ol original white Crest. Rubbed it on the TV screen, floor, and wall area w my fingers. Left it on while i ran and grabbed a wash rag, kind of buffed n a circular motion... BAM! ALL of the permenent marker was GONE! ive tried it several times since then and its worked everytime. It can remove perm marker off any hard surface ive tried. Washer, dryer, floors, walls, tv screens, computer screens, ipad screens, refrigerator, etc.</p>
<p>Busy little girl. Is she an artist now?</p>
<p>Not only were these tips brilliant, but the writer's voice - hilarious and FUN! Thanks a ton for great tips written with wonderful wit!</p>
<p>We moved into an apartment where someone had used the toothpaste-as-spackling tip. A week or so after we moved in, I began finding these little white balls all around the floor near the walls. I inspected the walls and found dozens of little holes that had once held the now dried toothpaste. Works for you, but not much for the next occupant! </p>
<p>Hilarious, I'm laughing out loud.</p>
Another great way to prevent goggles from fogging (which I use on paintball goggles and would only assume would work for diving goggles as well) is to take paraffin wax or an old birthday candle and draw an X on the inside, then take a cloth and rub it into the goggles in little circles to coat the entire inside with a fine layer of wax.. it doesn't last forever and wears off quicker in high heat but it works amazingly, I've done it with paintball goggles (which would be the same as ski goggles) my glasses (because those fog bad under goggles as well) bathroom mirrors (for kicks to test it).. First time I tried it I held my glasses over a pot of boiling water and they didn't fog up or collect any vapors at all.
i make the x then bring a hammer down in the middle<br>seems to work well no more fogging
<p>You are all making my day. Such wonderful sense of humour. Thank you :).</p>
<p>I used to do that with my motorcycle visors years ago, it also works well if you coat the outside, rain runs off like water off a duck great for screens to, I had a full touring fairing and a few minutes before a long ride with a tea candle kept in one of the storage compartments and an old T-shirt kept everything clear of water and fog.</p>
thats pretty smart i was just thinking about this knda stuff but with turtle wax super hard shell 12 month lasting. RE: &quot;pravus&quot; username is that from the chronicle of vladimir todd?
Does it work on vhs tapes and could u use it to clean inside vhs player?
yeah... you first brush your teeth with the paste and then just spew the wad thru the tape insert slot on the VHS player...
<p>Oh my gosh lol.</p>
<p>It won't work on VHS tapes as far as I am aware, because the problems with tape are usually magnetic, not optical. Rubbing with toothpaste will not change whatever magnetic hiccups have caused your problem. If the tape has obvious dirt on it, you could try a solvent to remove it, but I'm not sure what solvents might damage the tape (Do NOT use acetone!) If you want to try it on a tape (one with visible gunk), I would try Methylated Spirits or Ethyl Alcohol because these will leave the least residue. The reason toothpaste can work on CDs and DVDs is because it can 'polish out' small scratches in the surface that might be stopping the laser-reader from properly detecting the pits in the surface.<br><br>As for the VHS Player, what do you want to clean? A vacuum cleaner can remove a lot of the dust you'll find (Use a small one if possible, not a powerful house one.) If it is the head you are concerned about, again use Ethyl Alcohol or something similar. Do NOT use anything abrasive like toothpaste. The 'gap' in a VHS head is very fine and even a fine abrasive could damage it. The alcohol should remove any deposit on the head. I did this a number of times over the years and, in almost every case, it helped. (In one case we decided that the VHS player was just past it.) A note about alcohols: any alcohol that has water in it (spirits, etc) could cause problems because the dissolved substances will be left behind and can clog the heads, plus water in any form is not recommended for the insides of electronic equipment. I don't know about rubbing alcohol, but it probably has a water content, too. You need something that is essentially ONLY alcohol. Methylated Spirits isn't 'pure', but it is a mixture of 2 alcohols: methyl and ethyl. At one stage, I asked a chemist for some ethyl alcohol, and when he heard what it was for, he sold it to me. Things stronger than alcohols, like acetone or petrol, are not recommended because they may do damage. I'm not suggesting kerosene or turpentine because these can leave oily residues behind. But if the alcohols don't work, and you don't care if the equipment is damaged, try whatever solvent you like. I was an electronics technician for many years, and the one we used was isopropyl alcohol.</p><p>Hope this helps (and isn't too long), Antony Wells</p>
also you can just spit in them if you brushed your teeth at morning (diver trick!)<br>IN WORKS!!
<p>So funny lol, although true also lol.</p>
<p>probably because of the toothpaste you used to brush before spitting in your goggles/mask ?</p>
Sorry, but... the zit thing is just another beauty myth, it really just irritates the blemish further. The best spot treatment is to leave it alone.
Sorry Ms. Smarty pants but this works like a charming Big Macintosh. I tried leaving a zit alone and it didn't go away. It got bigger. I put toothpaste on it overnight and it went away like Discord. Not a brony? IT WORKED WELL. Don't diss somebody that tried it themselves. The best motto for Instructables and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Screw YOLO.
<p>Good for you. Hilarious, love your sense of humour lol and your straight forward honesty.</p>
<p>It only works with white toothpaste, NOT gel. I've used this trick for years too. Works great on most pimples. </p>
<p>The gel doesn't work well on little holes in the walls either... ;)</p>
Scroll down to the "Zits" paragraph. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=52086<br /><br />Audrey Kunin, MD, seems to know her business.
<p>I haven't tried tooth paste for this so I can't address the permanence factor but I have used another common household product, scouring powder, for this problem and can attest that Ajax sets up quickly and is durable and paintable. I reccomend Ajax because it is white. </p>
<p>Please use the correct product for repairing walls. Otherwise your passing a problem on which will show up one hole at a time (not all at once for an easy repair and repaint - instead it will be fill two holes and touch-up paint, oh, then 2 weeks later fill two more holes and touch-up paint - on and on - been there, got paid to repeatedly go back because a tenant cheated and hid the problems rather than repair them correctly before they moved out).</p>
<p>I filled a .32 cal hole in a friends wall with Colgate brand white toothpaste. It was still undectible after 12 years.</p>
<p>@DougM2; I had the same thought. It is dishonest to use tooth paste to hide the damage. It's not a permanent repair. </p>
<p>Tooth paste also works well to clear the fogging due to weathering of auto headlight covers. Ite processes isn't effortless but worth the time considering the cost of replacement.</p>
Interesting uses, some of them never crossed my mind honestly.
<p>They crossed your mind dishonestly?</p>

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