11 ways to use toothpaste you’ve probably never heard of

We all know toothpaste it a great tool for helping keep our teeth clean. But that’s not the only thing this versatile product is good for.

Check out this list of super smart uses for toothpaste when you’re in a pinch and looking for a cleaner you already have on hand.

  1. Remove crayon from walls
    Ever have kiddos with crayons create a masterpiece on a surface other than paper? Well the n squirt some non-gel toothpaste onto a scrub brush and get ready for an arm workout. The abrasive in toothpaste will do a much better job of getting waxy crayon of the wall than most regular cleaners.
  2. Remove scuffs from leather shoes
    Just a little dab rubbed gently into the leather with a soft cloth and then wiped clean will leave your shoes looking like new.
  3. Deodorize baby bottles
    To get rid of any sour smell scrub the bottle with toothpaste to remove any bad odors. Just make sure to rinse very thoroughly after!
  4. Shine up chrome
    The very fine abrasives in toothpaste make it an excellent cleaner that won’t leave any damage; plus, you won’t have to make a trip to the store for a fine abrasive polish.
  5. Prevent fogged mirrors and goggles
    Coating these in a thin layer of (non-gel) toothpaste and then wiping it off will prevent that annoying—or potentially dangerous if you’re underwater—fog that we all know too well.
  6. Dry out and take redness from pimples
    Dab a bit of regular (non-gel and non-whitening toothpaste) onto a pimple before you go to be and it will help reduce the redness and inflammation. Put lotion on the next morning to prevent over-drying of surrounding skin. (This works best for people who don’t have overly sensitive skin.)
  7. Remove beach tar, tree sap, and other sticky things from skin
    All you need to do is scrub some toothpaste onto the sticky surface for a few seconds and then rinse. Sticky no more!
  8. Remove ink or lipstick stains from fabric
    While this doesn’t work 100% of the time, it’s well worth a try to save your favorite shirt. Squirt some toothpaste onto the fabric and rub it together. If you see that it’s only removed some of the stain repeat the process a few times until it’s all gone.
  9. Remove gum from hair
    While this is messy, it’s one of the quickest ways to remedy and unfortunate situation. Toothpaste is mean to break down sugars and other chemicals you’ll find in gum, so spreading a generous layer over the affected area and letting it sit for a bit should mean you’ll soon be able to pull the gum out.
  10. Get rid of (not to deep) CD and DVD scratches
    This one takes a light touch, but by applying and gently working a small amount of toothpaste onto the shiny side of a CD or DVD (working from the inside out to the edge in small, circular motions) you can smooth out the scratch on the disc.
  11. Keep hair fly-aways at bay
    This calls for a gel toothpaste, but if you’re in a pinch where no hairspray or gel is in sight this will definitely work to hold hairs in place. Gel toothpaste has a lot of the same components and hair gel and small amounts will work similarly.