Toothpastes and brushes have been around since the time of the Egyptians. In fact the Chinese and Indians were the first to use it in 500BC. The purpose of these pastes has remained the same even today: promoting oral hygiene and keeping our mouth and gums healthy and fresh.


What initially started off as powders slowly evolved into pastes, however, did you know that toothpastes have a number of other uses, and none of them involve keeping your mouth clean?


Surprised? Don’t be. Here are 7 unusual uses of toothpastes.

So shiny: Want to give your silver, gold or diamond jewellery some sparkle and shine, if it’s been looking dull and lifeless? Add a touch of toothpaste, and watch the magic unfold. For silver and gold jewellery, leave it overnight and wipe them off with a soft cloth the following morning. For diamond, add a bit of water to your toothpaste, and gently rub it on the diamond. Then rinse it off with cold water immediately.


Minty-fresh aroma: Run out off car fresheners? Then try this nifty trick using paper towels and some toothpaste. Smear a couple of toothpaste streaks onto a paper towel, fold it and place it under your car seat. An important point to remember is to make sure your car is parked in the sun. Your car will have a natural minty aroma, when you get into your car next.


Nail This: This is a quick DIY manicure to make your healthy nails are buff and shiny. Simply, apply a wee bit on an old toothbrush and gently scrub your nails.


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Out damned spot:  Be it water rings or coffee rings on your beloved table, don’t reach out for your cleaning agent just yet. Use the toothpaste over said offender ring, and clean it with a soft, clean damp cloth. Make it glisten with some varnishing polish.

No more pimples: They have uncanny timing, don’t they? Apply a bit on the pimple and leave it overnight. Wash it off the next day. Your zit would’ve reduced in size, or have completely disappeared.





Keyboard Finger Marks:  If you’ve looked at your keyboard, then you know that certain keys on your keyboard have your prints on them. You can banish them by carefully applying toothpaste over said key using your fingertips and cleaning it off.


Bruise, no more: Bruises fade faster when toothpaste is applied to said area. Make a paste of toothpaste and lotion, and cover it with a band-aid. Depending on how severe the bruise is, do it for a few days. The bruise will fade faster.