Unusual & Alternative Uses for Dental Care Items

Do You Know About These Alternative Uses For Dental Hygiene Products?

Did you know that the dental hygiene products sitting in your bathroom cabinet have many alternative uses? That’s right; products like toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss have incredible uses that can improve your everyday life. Although dental hygiene products are ultimately used for good oral health, you can also use them in unusual ways beyond brushing your teeth. So, we put together this guide of hacks uses for dental hygiene products that you might not have known otherwise.

Toothpaste:

White, non-gel toothpaste is most effective with many of the cases listed below.

Cleaning Alternative:

  • Remove Carpet Stains
    • Got a pesky stain on your carpet? Just apply the fluoride toothpaste to the stain and use a scrub brush to lift the stain out of the carpet. In addition, toothpaste is a good alternative for removing grass stains, makeup, and ink. 
  • Headlight Polish
    • Toothpaste works as a great polish for scratched and foggy headlights. It is abrasive enough to lift existing scratches and remove dingy grime from car headlights. Apply a generous amount of toothpaste and use a soft cloth to get that new car shine again. 
  • Refresh Kitchen & Bathroom Sinks
    • If you’ve got a dirty and smelly sink, then look no further than your in-home toothpaste. It is a great mild cleaner that works well in sinks and leaves a minty smell in the drain.
  • Eliminate Odors
    • Unpleasant odors are quite common throughout a household. Next time you have an odor issue, use toothpaste to deodorize things like baby bottles, food containers, sinks, or even your hands.
  • Revive Jewelry
    • Silver, gold, and diamonds can become dingy and dirty after some wear. Apply a small amount of toothpaste on an old toothbrush and scrub away the grime until you get that original sparkle again.
  • Brighten Ivory Piano Keys
    • Piano keys collect oil, dirt, and dust very quickly. Use toothpaste and a lint-free cloth to get those ivory keys back.
  • Erase Crayon Marks On Walls
    • If you’ve got a creative little one hanging around the house, then it is quite possible they may leave a crayon masterpiece on your drywall. With toothpaste and a little elbow grease, you could remove the unfortunately placed markings.

Medicinal and Therapeutic Uses:

  • Acne & Face Blemishes
    • Like many before, unwanted acne and face blemishes can leave you frustrated and insecure. At night before you go to bed, dab a little toothpaste on the blemish and leave overnight. The toothpaste allows it to dry out and help the blemish clear quickly.
  • Wrinkles
    • Wrinkles often occur due to a lack of moisture in your skin. Many kinds of toothpaste contain fluoride, glycerin, and menthol and can be beneficial to the skin. These ingredients help preserve moisture in your face and reduce existing wrinkles. 
  • Insect Bites & Stings
    • Insect bites and stings can become a nuisance if not attended to quickly. Rub some toothpaste on the affected area to prevent uncomfortable itches.
  • Poison Ivy Treatment
    • Much like insect bites and stings, poison ivy can lead to severe irritation and itch if neglected. Gently apply toothpaste to the area to stop the itch and dry out the reaction. 
  • Burn Relief
    • If you’ve ever burned yourself on the oven or stovetop, then you know how painful the sensations can be. Lucky for you, you can rinse the burn with cold water and then cover it with toothpaste to treat the burn. 
  • Clean & Healthy Nails
    • Toothpaste is a very effective solution to clean your nails while also strengthening them. Take and an old toothbrush with soft bristles and scrub!

Miscellaneous:

  • Remove Small Scratches
    • Car headlights, cell phone screens, and CD’s/DVD’s most commonly fall victim to small scratches and scuffs over time. Use toothpaste and a soft cloth to remove these marks.
  • Hair Gel
    • Many people are unaware that gel toothpastes have many of the same ingredients as common hair gels. If you’re out of hair gel, then apply a small amount of toothpaste to keep those stray hairs in place.
  • Neutralize Skunk Smell
    • Hopefully, you or your pet have never gotten sprayed by a skunk. But, if you find yourself on the wrong end of a skunk, then immediately hop in the shower and rub toothpaste in the exposed areas to soak up the smell.

 

Mouthwash:

Did you know that mouthwash wasn’t originally created for oral hygiene? Yep, it was originally created as an antiseptic for medical surgeries. Even though it is used today as an oral disinfectant to prevent gum disease, it has many unusual uses that you can take advantage of. 

Cleaning Alternative:

  • Hand Sanitizer
    • Alcohol-based mouthwash is a great alternative to hand sanitizer when it is not readily available. 
  • Oral & Body Piercing Cleaner
    • Piercings can quickly get infected and require ongoing care. Use oral rinse in these sensitive areas for infection prevention.