16 Quick and Easy Tips for Using Toothpaste for Everyday Cleaning

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What is toothpaste good for other than cleaning your pearly whites? A little toothpaste and a soft cloth is a great ways to clean any number of things around your house. Who knew!! Turns out this is a game changer for cleaning surface stains due to the mild abrasive qualities of white toothpaste. I have 13 of the best toothpaste hacks using regular toothpaste to share with you. Make sure you are using non-gel toothpaste and don’t use whitening toothpaste. Just plain, old toothpaste. You will find this is such a simple solution to removing pesky stains you will wonder why you haven’t tried it sooner.

Let’s answer some of these popular questions:

  • What is toothpaste good for cleaning?
  • How to clean silver with toothpaste?
  • How to clean jewelry with toothpaste?
Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff tarnish off silver.

How To Clean Silver with Toothpaste

Place a small amount of toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff the tarnish off silver.

Rinse off the toothpaste and the tarnish is gone.

Rinse off the toothpaste and the tarnish is gone.

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff tarnish off copper.

How do you clean badly tarnished copper?

Place a little bit of toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff tarnish off copper.

Rinse off the toothpaste and the tarnish is gone. This also works to polish chrome as well.

Rinse off the toothpaste and the tarnish is gone. This also works to polish chrome as well.

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff the screen, CD, or DVD.

How to clean a phone screen, CDs, or DVDs with toothpaste

Place a little dab of toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff the screen, CD, or DVD.

Use a damp cloth to clean the toothpaste off and your screen is clean.

Use a damp cloth to clean the toothpaste off and your screen is clean.

You can rinse CDs and DVDs under the faucet, then use a cotton cloth to lightly dry them.

You can rinse CDs and DVDs under the faucet, then use a cotton cloth to lightly dry them.

Rinse your plastic out.

How to remove odor from plastic

Rinse out your plastic.

Rub the inside of the plastic with the toothpaste. This works great to remove strong smells like onions as well.

How to remove odor from plastic

Rinse out your plastic.

Rinse out the toothpaste and wash. The odor will be gone.

Rinse out the toothpaste and wash. The odor will be gone.

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff the stainless.

How to clean stainless with toothpaste 

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff the stainless

Rinse off the toothpaste and watch it shine.

Rinse off the toothpaste and watch it shine.

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff your sink.  Rinse the toothpaste away and your sink will be deodorized and shine.

How to deodorize and clean your sink

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff your sink.  Rinse the toothpaste away and your sink will be deodorized and shine.

Just finished cutting an onion?  Rub some toothpaste on your hands.

How to wash odors off your hands

Just finished cutting an onion? Rub a tiny bit of toothpaste on your hands.  

While you're at it wash your jewelry.  (Clean silver chains and necklaces too)

How to clean jewelry with toothpaste

While you’re at it, take a touch of toothpaste and wash your jewelry. (Clean silver chains and necklaces too)

Rinse your hands and they'll be free of odors.

Rinse your hands and they’ll be free of odors.

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff the crayon away from doors, tables, and walls. Wipe off the toothpaste with a damp cloth.

How to remove crayon

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff the crayon off doors, tables, and walls. Wipe off the toothpaste with a damp sponge or cloth.

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff the marker off wood.

How to remove permanent marker stains from wood furniture

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff the marker off wood.

Wipe off the toothpaste with a damp cloth.

Wipe off the toothpaste with a damp cloth.

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff your faucets.  Rinse the toothpaste off, wipe with a clean cloth and your faucets will shine.

How do I make my faucet shiny?

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and buff your faucets. Rinse the toothpaste off with clean water and wipe with a clean cloth and your faucets will shine.

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and rub on the soap scum.

How to remove soap scum?

Place some regular toothpaste on a microfiber cloth and rub a thin layer of toothpaste on shower doors and walls remove soap scum.

Rinse the toothpaste off and your soap scum will be gone.

Rinse the toothpaste off and your soap scum will be gone.

And….just a few more for good measure:

  • Use toothpaste to clean your car’s headlights. Not only will it remove bugs & grime, but toothpaste has the added bonus of cleaning up foggy headlights. Just scrub and rinse.
  • Use white toothpaste to clean tough stains and scuff marks off white rubber-soled dirty sneakers. Simply scrub with an old toothbrush and let the toothpaste sit for 5 minutes then rinse with a damp cloth.
  • Use regular toothpaste to clean the bottom plate of your clothes iron. Simply apply non-gel formula to the cold plate of the iron and let it sit for a few minutes then wipe it off with a dry cloth using a circular motion, then just rinse.

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51 Comments

  1. I’ve used toothpaste to clean my jewelry for years, but I didn’t know about using it for my cellphone screen. I’ll have to try that today!

    1. Thanks Lisa, I too have been using it to clean jewelry and silver for a while and it was a fun challenge to find other ways to use it. I hope it works for you as good as it did for me.

    2. Suzie Olsen says:

      That was my thought too! Thanks for the tip Chas!

      1. Thank you Faith, I’m glad there were somethings here that were interesting to you πŸ™‚

          1. Hope it works as great for you as it did for me.

  2. Anne smith says:

    Chaz,
    Great ideas with the toothpaste!

  3. Jaden Alcocer says:

    I have one for ya! You can use toothpaste to clean and clear up your headlights on your car. Add some toothpaste to a cloth then in a small circular motion cover the entire headlight. Then with a wet soft clean cloth polish and clean of the toothpaste until you see your lights go from dull to almost new and clear. This will help you see the road so much better and give your car a little face lift of confidence. Lol ?

    1. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us Jaden, I truly appreciate it! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. Wow! Great information! I didn’t know that you can use toothpaste for so many things. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Thanks Linda – what is your favorite use for toothpaste (other than teeth)?

  5. You have put a spin on toothpaste, thanks for all the ways to use up toothpaste. I just found some I had never thought of or seen. Thank you for sharing on #omhgff this week!

    1. Thank you so much Karren and I’m glad you learned some new uses too. It was a fun challenge and I’m excited to always learn new things. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. We use to use white toothpaste to cover nail holes. Found you on Bloggers Pit Stop link party

    1. Thank you so much for sharing that tip Candy, have a great day!

  7. Amazing, I had no idea toothpaste could be used to clean. Pinning to my cleaning board for reference. Happy Weekend, Kippi #kippiathome

    1. Thank you Kippi and it’s such great stuff! I had bought a vintage rocking chair at a thrift store years ago and someone wrote the price ($4 – what a steal) on the wood in sharpie. I used toothpaste and it was as clean as new! Thanks for the Pin!

  8. Julia Cimino says:

    What about the little solar panels on garden decorative items? Would toothpaste work there?

    1. I have not tried that yet Julia, but that is a great idea to try it.

    1. Thank you so much and I hope it helps you as much as it’s helped me

    1. Thank you Val and I hope it helps you as much as it’s helped me.

    1. Thank you Gael and I hope these help you as they have me πŸ™‚

  9. Chas, these are great and practical ideas, using toothpaste to clean.
    We will feature this post on the next Blogger’s Pit Stop. Well done.
    Kathleen

    1. Thank you so much Kathleen and thanks for the feature. I’m so thrilled you like the ideas too – see you at the next party πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Randi and I hope it works as well for you as it has for me πŸ™‚

  10. Wait…what?! You can do all of this with toothpaste?! Amazing. Well, I’m off to do some cleaning. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much Amy, you are too sweet πŸ™‚ I’m thrilled you want to try some of these.

  11. Hi Chas! Thank you for sharing these tips at Share Your Style #197 this week!! I am happy to pin to my Cleaning + Organizing board for you. <3

    Have a great weekend!
    Barb πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Barbara. Thank you for the Pin, I appreciate that and thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thank you Dee, and thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  12. Those are some great tips! Thanks for sharing at The Mark and Jan Show #LetsParty!

    1. Thank you so much Jan and thanks for a great party!

  13. What?!?! Chas, you amaze me! I’ve used toothpaste in a couple of these ways before, but most of these are new to me! I’m pinning this for future reference.

    Thank you so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace! I’m featuring you this week.

    1. Thank you so much Richella you are so very kind. Thank you for the Pin and feature, I appreciate that. See you at this week’s link party πŸ™‚

  14. joanne Mahan says:

    Hi Chaz, you have so many wonderful hacks, i have used alt of them. I was wondering what would take tomato sauce out of tupper ware products, or any type of plastic ware.
    God Bless you & your family I don’t know where you get all your energy to do all the things you do to help everybody.
    Wishing you all good health and safety in this stress full times we are all having.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Joanne, thank you for your sweet and kind words. I’ll reply via email to you to give you some suggestions.

  15. Hi Chas! I had no idea there are so many different ways to use toothpaste! I’ll definitely be trying some of these. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’ve been featured this week πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Rebecca! I appreciate the kind words and feature. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

  16. Marilyn Lesniak says:

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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    1. Thank you Marilyn, I hope you had a great week.

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