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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

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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.
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imyxhuang14 days ago

Works like a charm on scratched glass/plastic. (Watch faces, windows, mirrors, binoculars, etc.)

RK81 month ago

I'm only on page 2 and I have to say, you have an amazing knack of writing funny and witty stories

EvaO4 months ago

Toothpaste will also brighten your headlights. Rub it on with a damp paper towel and buff with a dry one.

EvaO4 months ago

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!

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?
mckaedaA1 year ago

just try noxema it prevents pimples and cures them too

It helps mosquito bites they stop itching in about 2 to 5 minutes mint is the best:)

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.

wolf9962 years ago
What About Floppy Disks And VHS Tapes?

Hahaha XD Truth. I still have the original Starwars Trilogy on VHS

boom man562 years ago
I know what a record is we have one
aldebaraan3 years ago
But I don't have any Polish jewelry...is that the only kind that requires toothpaste?
wilgubeast (author)  aldebaraan3 years ago
Internet smirk. 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 :)
Takelababy2 years ago
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.
wilgubeast (author)  luvchocolate43 years ago
Scroll down to the "Zits" paragraph. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=52086

Audrey Kunin, MD, seems to know her business.
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.
Zak3 years ago
The problem is that the fluoride in toothpaste will etch the glazed surface.

So make sure to wipe the toothpaste off well. Same applies to mouthwash...
GummiBear3 years ago
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.
the47man3 years ago
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.
jcryer13 years ago
Spray Scrubbing Bubbles paper towel or wash cloth and apply in small circles, will shine and remove the scuffs.
paulbeard3 years ago
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.

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.

And as a fix, lysine, a commonly available supplement, is very good at clearing them up.
rutuj3 years ago
yup yup..!
gold and silver especially..:)
angieball3 years ago
Bread soda and water works brilliantly and is a lot cheaper than using toothpaste :)
Pravus4 years ago
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.
thats pretty smart i was just thinking about this knda stuff but with turtle wax super hard shell 12 month lasting. RE: "pravus" username is that from the chronicle of vladimir todd?
raja681 Pravus4 years ago
i make the x then bring a hammer down in the middle
seems to work well no more fogging
nisoe4 years ago
also you can just spit in them if you brushed your teeth at morning (diver trick!)
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).

I cannot believe you brush your teeth and pee at the same time; You're ridiculous, but awesome.
mpeguero4 years ago
you can use it as thermal paste and save money.
wolfkeeper4 years ago
This is bad advice. One of the causes of acne is halogen-group chemicals.

Like chlorine chemicals... or fluorine.

Fortunately, toothpaste doesn't have any fluoride in it.

Oh wait. Yes it does.

It does often have other antibacterials in it, and they can offset the fluoride, but on balance I cannot recommend toothpaste.

(Actually toothpaste reliably breaks be out.)
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