Clean your coffee mugs once and for all
Got stubborn coffee stains on a pot, thermos or mug? Denture cleaner is the best solution we’ve ever found for these tough stains.
How to remove coffee stains from a mug or thermos
- Dissolve one denture cleaning tablet per two cups of hot water.
- Pour it in the stained vessel and let it sit for several hours.
- Then use a scrub brush to clean off the stains and all the loosened bits.
- Pour the solution out and rinse thoroughly.
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Mark Nail or Screw Placement
Toothpaste can help immensely when hanging pictures or art around the house
You can place a small dab of toothpaste on the hanger and then press it against the template once it’s on the wall. Remove the frame, and the spot of toothpaste on the template will mark the nail’s placement.
If you have to place a heavier item on the wall, like a mirror, find out how to hang a mirror so it holds.
We know you can use a toothbrush to polish your headlights but add a little toothpaste to eliminate headlight haze.
A car has countless small crevices in need of a good cleaning. You can keep both your head and tail lights clean using a toothbrush and soapy water. Additionally, if your headlights are especially dirty, use toothpaste and a toothbrush to remove the grime.
Toothpaste can eliminate some of the fog of goggles but be gentle so you don’t create any scratches. The abrasive granules of toothpaste can work to remove the light film that covers goggles.
See how to stay safe around the pool or get some inspiration for your own pool by checking out these amazing backyard pools.
Clean Refrigerator Seals
Buff Auto Scratches
Last-Ditch Patching Fix
You’ve made two trips to the home center store already but you’re eyeing a tiny hole in your wall that you’ve got to patch up and you’ve run out of material. Head to to the bathroom and grab that tube of toothpaste for a quick fix.
Check out other solutions to drywall problems and how to patch drywall.
DVD and CD Cleaner
Clear Up Coffee Rings
Make the Shower Sparkle
Nail Polisher Remover
Defog a Mirror
Remove Stinky Smells
Give Diamonds Their Luster
Reduce Skin Irritation
Make Bruises Disappear Quicker
You can put toothpaste on a bruise every night for two to three days to help make the bruise disappear, according to home remedy sites.
Place a bandage over the bruise and toothpaste and wash it in the morning. The toothpaste helps break the clot and reduces the swelling.
Don’t bruise yourself working in the cold by falling on ice. Follow some easy tips to stay safe and see how to save yourself bruised knuckles with tips on replacing a serpentine belt.
Shine Up Sneakers
Get loose dirt off your shoes
with a toothbrush. Dip it into a teaspoon of laundry detergent mixed with a cup of water or add some toothpaste. Use the solution on the fabric, mesh, and rubber areas, but don’t use it on foam or leather.
Learn how to build a shoe rack here.
Restore Your Jewelry
A slightly damp toothbrush is perfect for cleaning
delicate jewelry. Clean your jewelry with a solution of water (almost hot) and dishwashing soap or some toothpaste. Soak your jewelry for about 20 to 40 minutes, gently brush it with a very soft toothbrush, and then rinse under warm running water. If needed, repeat.
Learn clever places to hide your valuable jewelry here.
Whiten Piano Keys
Scrub Out Scuff Marks
Rub some toothpaste on a scuff mark on a leather shoe and rub it in with a cloth to remove the scuff mark.
A tear in leather doesn’t mean full replacement all the time, see what you can do to save some leather.
Leather can be pretty bland color-wise, find out how to liven it up.
Crayon Mark Eliminator
Crayons are great when used appropriately but when your wall gets used as a canvas, fight back with that fluoride-filled tube of toothpaste. Smear some on the wall and rub with a damp cloth to remove the crayon marks.
Of course, you can always try a more abrasive approach. Or take away junior’s crayons and turn them into a gift.
Baby Bottle Deodorizer
Remove Ink from Fabric
Get Rid of Beach Tar
Treat Poison Ivy Stings
Lather on some medicating toothpaste to reduce the irritation of poison ivy. Just like toothpaste can soothe burns and clear up other skin issues, it can help with the sting of poison ivy. Keep applying until the burning subsides and wash the toothpaste away with soapy water after each application.
Be on the lookout this spring when you’re trying to eliminate weeds from your yard and planting ground cover plants.
Remove Gum from Hair
Add another remedy for gum in hair to your growing list when you put together a toothpaste fix. Apply toothpaste to the gum and it will break down the stickiness of the gum.
Know what else works for removing gum? We’ve got the answer. Just keep that gum out of the sink so you don’t have to unclog a drain.
Clean Up Messy Hair Dye
Clean Up Straighteners
Tupperware can take on a funky smell but you can eradicate that smell by cleaning it with toothpaste. Just rinse it off after cleaning it and remember to keep the lid off to prevent the smell from returning.
See what kitchen cabinet rollouts can do for you and how to build rollout cabinets.
Liven Up Car Interior
Clean Outdoor Plastic Furniture
Bring out the good plastic outdoor furniture for company and make sure it impresses by cleaning it up with toothpaste and water. The cleaning combo will remove stains and make the furniture more presentable.
Skip the plastic and create your own garden furniture, including some spectacular tables.
Clean a Keyboard
Clean grease and dirt off the computer keyboards
with an old toothbrush and a solution of alcohol and water or a toothpaste mixture.
Clean a Dirty Horse Bit
Horse bits collect all sorts of debris and toothpaste can help remove that in swift fashion. It’s important to wash the toothpaste off the bit once it’s clean because fluoride can harm horses.
Here at The Family Handyman we’re familiar with horsepower and sawhorses. Check out how to maximize your sawhorses and some savvy sawhorse tips.
Shine up Die-Cast Models
Die-cast model toys can get overlooked when cleaning a home but if it’s in need of cleaning turn toward toothpaste and a toothbrush. The toothbrush can reach tricky spots to give that die cast toy a good look.
When you’re done with that, put your toys away or get going on creating a toy storage solution.
Remove Permanent Marker
Keep Bows in Hair
Clean Watch Scratches
Remove Brake Dust
Cell Phone Screen Protector