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.
<p>Plain white cheap toothpaste can remove stains from a dry erase board!!</p><p>I used to keep my really big white dry erase board on my bedroom wall with important names, numbers, dates, times, etc. that I wanted to have immediately available for reference without the need of any tech gadget requiring a battery. I used a mixture of regular dry erase markers and some wet erase markers (wet erase markers, like the ones for use overhead projector transparencies, don't accidentally erase nearly as easily as dry erase after the ink has a moment to dry). A year or so later, I wanted to completely wipe clean my entire dry erase board because I had something else I wanted to use it for, but where the ink had been left for a long time it would not completely come off. After sifting through the links from several google search results, I discovered the toothpaste trick.</p><p>It makes it a much simpler task to a small section (of the dry erase board at a time.. I worked about a 3&quot;x3&quot; at a time on the very stubborn stained areas. Putting a dab of toothpaste on the board, and using a dampened old or cheap toothbrush, scrubbing in circles I worked the toothpaste into the board where the stains were and leaving the section with a thin layer of the toothpaste to allow it to air dry. Then, using a damp (not dripping) washcloth or paper towel, re moisten the toothpaste and wipe clean with a dry cloth. Again working in small sections makes it a much more manageable task.</p><p>I personally used toothpaste to clean my board, and ended up with a dry erase board that appeared even more white all over than it was brand new, and it had a fresh minty smell, too! It was awesome!!</p>
<p>toothpaste is great for mouth ulcers too. Cheaper &amp; faster working than the stuff in pharmacy. It does sting for about 30 seconds and dries ulcer up in a few hours.</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.
<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?
i make the x then bring a hammer down in the middle<br>seems to work well no more fogging
<p>wow this is helpful and entertaining thank you!!!!</p>
<p>Works like a charm on scratched glass/plastic. (Watch faces, windows, mirrors, binoculars, etc.)</p>
<p>I'm only on page 2 and I have to say, you have an amazing knack of writing funny and witty stories</p>
<p>Toothpaste will also brighten your headlights. Rub it on with a damp paper towel and buff with a dry one. </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>
I think using on pimples works for some but not all. Heard from people on both opinions. Doesn't hurt to try
Does it work on vhs tapes and could u use it to clean inside vhs player?
<p>just try noxema it prevents pimples and cures them too</p>
It helps mosquito bites they stop itching in about 2 to 5 minutes mint is the best:)
<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>
What About Floppy Disks And VHS Tapes?
<p>Hahaha XD Truth. I still have the original Starwars Trilogy on VHS</p>
I know what a record is we have one
But I don't have any Polish jewelry...is that the only kind that requires toothpaste?
<strong>Internet smirk</strong>. Capital letters have never been so much fun.
Ha You're Ever Looking At Him
Err... It is just talking about being able to polish jewelery you don't have to worry about getting jewelery that is Polish ;)
But it made you smile, didn't it? :)
Ha ha yeah :)<br>
When I was in to scuba we used saliva to keep the mask from fogging up. Spit on the lens, smear it around, quick dunk in the water and wear.
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.
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.
Thanks so much for the post! I have been using toothpaste to treat zits for years, but I had no idea about all the other uses. I wonder what it is in toothpaste that helps so much? Are they doing <a href="http://www.rapidmedicalresearch.com" rel="nofollow">clinical trials</a> on that ingredient? They really should be.
I have actually only used toothpaste on my walls to fill in holes, but I'm tempted to try it on my stubborn zits. Someone really should do <a href="http://acr-research.com" rel="nofollow">clinical trials</a> to see how this affects the skin. It sure would be cheaper than my other acne treatment. How long would you actually use it for, and how long would I actually keep it on for? I will do anything to avoid having to get &quot;cover-up&quot; bangs.
Twenty or thirty years ago, Darkie (now Darlie?) toothpaste is very effective for cooling / first aid for burns. 3 years old got burns from hot exhaust pipe of a motorcycle but managed to contain skin damage before bringing to clinic. I dont know if it still works now.<br>
The problem is that the fluoride in toothpaste will etch the glazed surface.<br><br>So make sure to wipe the toothpaste off well. Same applies to mouthwash...
Ok, i used this trick a few days ago and my converse got some serious swagga now! thx, dude!
Believe It or Not! If you burn your skin, liberally apply colgate toothpaste to the affected area and it will NOT blister.
toothpaste can also be used as antiseptic ointment on small burns on skin. the thing about small burns is that no matter how small they are, they STILL hurt like hell, so toothpaste relieves that pain quickly too.<br>
Spray Scrubbing Bubbles paper towel or wash cloth and apply in small circles, will shine and remove the scuffs.
apropos of people having reactions to toothpaste, check the ingredients on the stuff you use. In my house, two of us seemed cursed to suffer canker sores but then I somehow learned that one of the ingredients on most toothpastes was actually the culprit.<br> <br> Sodium lauryl sulfate is the villain: it's a foaming agent that, as best I can tell, gives you the impression you're doing an awesome job even if you're not. Maybe it helps get the Good Stuff into more places but I could do without the searing mouth pain. So if you have skin reaction, check the ingredients.<br> <br> And as a fix, lysine, a commonly available supplement, is very good at clearing them up.
yup yup..! <br>gold and silver especially..:)
Bread soda and water works brilliantly and is a lot cheaper than using toothpaste :)
also you can just spit in them if you brushed your teeth at morning (diver trick!)<br>IN WORKS!!
One more fantastic use for the stuff...when dealing with any malodorous stench i.e. a ruptured abcess in the back of an ambulance, put a tiny dab under each nostril before going back out to clean the rig. It works almost as well as vick's vaporub and most hospitals have it right on hand. This has also saved me from dog vomit, disastrous diapers and some road kill that we needn't talk about here.
I love your writing skills, sir! Not only are you lyrical and well-read, but your unapologetic humor brings me to tears (in a good way). <br><br>I cannot believe you brush your teeth and pee at the same time; You're ridiculous, but awesome.
you can use it as thermal paste and save money.
This is bad advice. One of the causes of acne is halogen-group chemicals.<br><br>Like chlorine chemicals... or fluorine.<br><br>Fortunately, toothpaste doesn't have any fluoride in it.<br><br>Oh wait. Yes it does.<br><br>It does often have other antibacterials in it, and they can offset the fluoride, but on balance I cannot recommend toothpaste.<br><br>(Actually toothpaste reliably breaks be out.)
That's just silly. <br><br>You must be referring to chloracne which is a sign of acute poisoning by halogenated aromatic compounds. It is fantastically rate with literally just a few hundred cases over the last century. It requires that the compounds be ingested. <br><br>In any case, toothpaste has none of those compounds and the sodium fluoride (NaFl) used in most toothpaste is just the fluorine version of common table salt (NaCl). It's harmless unless ingested in large amounts in a very short time (just like table salt.) There are parts of the world were well water contains hundreds of times as numb sodium fluoride as you get brushing your teeth. <br><br>You can't say, &quot;OMG certain halogenated aromatic compounds cause a rare form of acne so everything in the world with halogens in them must cause acne!&quot; Chemistry, especially biochemistry doesn't work that way. <br><br>
Yup, it's 'chloracne' due to the fluoride.<br><br>Google: &quot;perioral dermatitis&quot;
Perioral dematitis is just latin for &quot;inflamed skin around the mouth.&quot; Like a fever, It's a symptom and not a disease in and of itself. It has many causes from infection to autoimmune disease to excessive lip licking. <br><br>I suppose you could get periorial dematitis from developing an allergy to toothpaste or from smearing ungodly amounts of it on your face but you could probably cause the same problem by smearing a paste containing table salt on your face as well. <br><br>There are many regions in the world where the well water has very, very high levels of sodium fluoride and other similar compounds. People in those areas suffer no noticeable ill effects even though their fluoride exposure is thousands of times higher than normal. <br><br>They do, however, have great teeth and bones which is were the idea of adding similar fluoride compounds to toothpaste and water came from. <br><br>Paranoia is about fluoride is one of those strange little conspiracy ideas that floats around and it has since the 50s when the John Birch society declared that fluoridation of water supplies was a communist plot. Somehow the idea took hold and despite decades of research and real world experience, a lot of people still think it has some validity. I think it's a case of, &quot;where there's smoke there's fire,&quot; but substitute &quot;ill informed chatter&quot; for smoke. If enough people talk about the existence of possible threat some people will assume that there must be a threat driving the chatter.
I'm certainly no conspiracist, but I get acne around my mouth when I brush my teeth and *then* floss, whereas if I do it the other way around and am a lot more careful with the toothpaste, I get a *lot* less. So it seems to be the toothpaste.

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