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2X4: Four Unexpected Ways to Use Toothpaste

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Jessica
03.25.13

Toothpaste keeps your pearly whites sparkling, but you probably don’t give it much thought when you’re not brushing your teeth. It’s time to change that! Besides freshening your breath, toothpaste can brighten up your piano and clean your coffee table (and more).

Clean Old Shoes. Most of us don’t spend a lot of time getting our shoes professionally shined these days, so over time they’ve probably developed a few scuffmarks. To remove marks from leather shoes, squirt a dab of toothpaste on the scuff and rub it vigorously with a soft cloth. Wipe the toothpaste residue away with a damp cloth and your leather will shine like a new penny! Note: This trick works for dirty sneakers, too – just make sure the label on the toothpaste reads gel-free.

Remove Lipstick Stains. You probably strive to remove your makeup every night before bed, but some days that just doesn’t happen. If you’ve fallen asleep before removing your lipstick (and there are telltale red marks on your pillows to prove it) erase the evidence with toothpaste. Put non-gel toothpaste on the stained portion of the fabric and rub the two “lips” together. Rinse the pillowcase or sheets with water and then machine wash them on a cold cycle. If the stain doesn’t come out the first time, repeat the process!

Hide Drink Rings. Drink rings are easy to avoid, but only if you can convince your family to use coasters. If they forget to put a buffer between their cold drink and your wood table, it’ll be peppered with drink rings before long. To erase the watermarks, rub non-gel toothpaste into the wood with a soft cloth. Once the ring has disappeared, wipe it off with a damp cloth. Then, place a few more coasters around to gently remind your family to use them!

Brighten Piano Keys. Does someone in your house enjoy tickling the ivories? Even if their hands are squeaky clean before they touch your piano, the keys get dingy over time. Restore them to their former glory by brushing your keys just like you would your teeth. That’s right, grab an old toothbrush and paste and get after your keys – just be sure to carefully wipe them down with a damp cloth afterwards. This trick works for old-school ivory keys and modern plastic keys!

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