Household Uses For Toothpaste

Sure, you know toothpaste is great for a clean, healthy smile, but did you know it has dozens of other household uses? See the list.

You know that tube of toothpaste cleans and polishes your teeth and freshens your breath, but it does so much more!

Tooth Cleaning Through History

Before there was a handy tube, toothpaste was actually tooth powder, often made from items such brick dust and crushed china. Prior to that, the earliest efforts to cleanse one’s mouth may have taken the form of tooth sticks, or from 23 to 79 A.D., many thought that drinking goats’ milk sweetened the breath.

According to Toothpaste World, ashes from burnt mouse heads, rabbits’ heads, wolf heads, ox heels and goats’ feet were seen as breath enhancers. In the early 19th century, glycerin was added to tooth powder turning it into an early incarnation of the now familiar paste.

Reportedly inspired during an 1892 trip to Paris by the collapsible metal tubes artists used for paint, the son of Dr. Washington Sheffield, a New London, Connecticut dentist, suggested his father use the packaging for his own brand of toothpaste: Créme Dentifrice. According to sources, until that point toothpaste was sold in a porcelain jar into which each family member dipped his or her brush. Talk about a personal hygiene no-no! Four years later, Colgate began using tubes and the official toothpaste delivery system was born.

Tube or otherwise, in addition to oral hygiene and 1,000-watt smiles, toothpaste’s multi-purpose uses include the following:

  1. Silver cleaner – Toothpaste can also clean tarnish from silver items and most jewelry (especially diamonds).
  2. Burns and bites – It also provides relief from burns, itching, and insect bites and stings (be sure to use paste and not gel, and let dry).
  3. Clear up breakouts – Toothpaste helps clear up acne breakouts. Simply dot and let dry.
  4. Whitens nails – The white of your nails stained? Apply toothpaste to a nail brush and scrub.
  5. Remove water rings from furniture by rubbing in toothpaste with a damp cloth.
  6. Shine chrome – The fine abrasive in toothpaste (not gel) will shine chrome fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen.
  7. Clean smells from plastic and hands – Sour milk smells in baby bottles are eradicated using toothpaste and a bottle scrubber, as are garlic, fish, onion and other seemingly impermeable odors on the hands.
  8. Carpet stain remover – Stains on white carpet can often be removed by applying toothpaste and scrubbing with a brush, and stains on whites are said to come out by applying toothpaste directly, rubbing, and then laundering.
  9. Removes crayon marks – Toothpaste on a damp cloth can remove crayon marks on walls. Just rub a little in with a soft cloth.
  10. Beach tar stuck on feet? Non-gel toothpaste and a little elbow grease should get it off.
  11. De-fogger – Coat bathroom mirrors and swim goggles with non-gel toothpaste and wipe off to prevent fogging.
  12. Cloudy headlights? Headlights get dirty and hazy, making them hard to see at night. No need to buy expensive cleaners and buffers — simply work a dab of baking soda toothpaste (any brand, but the kind with baking soda works best) onto the lens with a soft cloth, rubbing in a circular motion, then rinse. 
  13. Fill in nail holes – Fill in ugly, small holes from nails with a little white toothpaste. Let it dry and paint right over it.
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Beth Herman

Beth Herman is a freelance writer with interests in healthy living and food, family, animal welfare, architecture and design, religion, and yoga. She writes for a variety of national and regional publications, institutions, and websites.

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I use toothpaste for cleaning the inside of the toilet, non toxic and I also use mouthwash for the toilet. Pour and let sit.

Beth Hernandez

Small holes on a white wall can be filled in with toothpaste. When dry it looks like plaster. I do this with nail holes.


tooth paste and a soft brush great for cleaning jewelry.


Chapped scaly lips? apply toothpaste and rub with wet cloth and get those nice smooth lips your lover will adore. lol


it’s also good for your teeth 😉


Tooth paste is also good for filling in nail holes and minor holes and cracks in your walls! Let it dry. I have done this many times!


Toothpaste is the best “medicine” for bee stings. Gel paste seems to work best.


‘@Kathi Corbett ants in your compost are not necessarily bad. They help the decomp, however they usually will go away if you keep your compost pile moist and turn it more frequently.


it also gets rid of blackheads on the nose. look it up. it works



Patty in Montana

I can remember when my grandmother brought home our first tube of toothpaste. I not only used it for my teeth but gram actually did use it for other things. Soda was the top product in the household. We used it for everything, including brushing teeth, paste toothpaste can be used for almost everything but do be careful with the “brush” if the bristles are not soft they could scratch the silver or other items. I keep tooth PASTE in my cabinet, bathroom, in my extras shelf, don’t want to run out of it this summer for bug bites, scratches and other terribly painful oww-ies. Toothpaste and a kiss always makes it better

kathi corbett

Someone told me to look on this site for info about how to get rid of ants in your compost bin.I cant find it anywhere.Thank You


30 some years ago,me too. Hickey removal

Steve Braun

Great suggestions. I have read about using toothpast as a way to clear yellowing headlights back to almost new. Haven’t tried it yet but will add to this list of must-do’s.

Don Adams

Am a retired janitor ,I volunteer my services to older folk. and give some hints when asked!


Make your own toothpaste using baking soda (or salt) mixed with coconut oil, Add flavoring to your taste using vanilla, coconut, peppermint, etc. No fluoride, or lauryl sulfate, ingredients that irritate my mouth


Hickey removal? I don’t believe it! Come on over & prove it to me, lol……


I read the whole thing twice and there’s no mention of a classic alternate use for toothpaste, i.e., hickey removal! *tsk*

Kathleen M. Smith

It isn’t just toothpaste anymore! How clever these ideas are!

Marilyn Jones

Love these ideas!

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