Toothpaste as a Cleaning Agent

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Toothpaste is great for cleaning a lot of stains.  The same cleaning agents and compounds that do such a good job of cleaning, whitening, and polishing your teeth have hundreds of other applications in taking the bite out of stains all around your home. Here are some ways on how toothpaste can help clean different stuff.

Grass stains are some of the most stubborn of water-soluble stains, and kids love to grind grass stains into their trouser knees.  You’ll also find grass stains on your kitchen floor, on the carpet, and on running shoes.  To clean these, dampen the grass-stained fabric and use your fingers to work a dollop of toothpaste right into the stain.  Work up a good lather then rinse with cold water.  Repeat the procedure several times if necessary.  Bear in mind that toothpaste also contains a bleaching whitener, and it can cause colored garments to fade.  Other cloth stains that can be removed by the toothpaste are chocolate syrup, ballpoint ink pen, and soy sauce.

Use it with an old toothbrush for getting into those hard-to-reach places like the blades of your blender, between the grooves of your golf clubs, or removing grass stains from white leather shoes.  You can also remove tobacco stains from ashtrays using toothpaste.

On the kitchen range, that heavy, greasy buildup that accompanies sautéing, broiling, frying, or whatever can be cleaned by using an old toothbrush and toothpaste.  It also works for other metal appliances.

It’s ideal for cleaning jewelry, fine filigreed silverware, metal watchbands, countertops, around the bathroom sink taps, china cups and plates, even dusty figurines.

For those who have children and have seen crayon markings on the wall, you can clean these markings by rubbing a damp cloth with some toothpaste on the soiled area. Same can be done to clean soiled carpets, tile and vinyl floors.

You can even use toothpaste to clean the corners of your fingernails and toenails. Try it and watch the stubborn dirt go leaving your nails shining and squeaky clean.

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