Most of us see toothpaste as being a product made for only cleaning teeth, but not anymore.
It turns out that toothpaste can assist in many other activities that many would assume. I love finding ways to use common household products for other things other than what they are made for.
By finding multiple uses for a product, it makes things easier because I don't have to buy a ton of other products and clutter up my cabinets.Below are five different ways to save money by using toothpaste.
1. Clearing up acne. Edit: I probably wouldn't do this again!
Certain toothpaste can assist in clearing up acne on the face and body. Before you begin your toothpaste quest, make sure the ingredients are okay for your skin.
Certain ingredients can react with the skin and turn a good money saving experience into a not so good experience.
I would recommend playing around with toothpaste and putting only a small bit of gel on at a time, rather than smearing your entire face with toothpaste off the bat. Toothpaste can also heal closed-skin rashes over time.
Edit: Dermatologists are coming out saying that toothpaste can actually irritate your skin, so it's best that you just stick with professional skin companies and let them do their thing.
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2. Cleaning sinks.
This one is my favorite because I am guilty of doing this quite often.
I have a habit of squeezing out too much toothpaste onto my toothbrush, leaving large amounts of it all over my sink.
Instead of draining toothpaste down the sink, simply get a wash rag and use the extra toothpaste to clean your sink instead. You will save a ton of money and no longer ‘waste' as much toothpaste as you usually do.
Or you could simply get better at squeezing the appropriate amount on your toothbrush.
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3. Cleaning screens.
Toothpaste is actually very handy when it comes to cleaning not only sinks but screens as well.
Whether it be a phone, iPad, or another electronic screen, toothpaste can usually do the trick. Only smear a tiny bit of it at a time.
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4. Healing bruises.
As I am typing this, I am suffering from a shin injury from CrossFit. I managed to fall over a box as I was doing a box jump, and now I have horrible bruises all over my leg.
I later found out that toothpaste can aid and speed up the results of clearing up bruises. Simply put toothpaste into a mixture of body lotion and lightly rub it over the bruised area.
Let the bruised area dry out (don't go rolling around on your bed with a wet bruised leg like me).
5. Extra tip:
Snip off the ends of toothpaste using scissors and be prepared to be surprised with how much toothpaste you are not using.
I did this a few months ago for the first time and was in complete shock with how much toothpaste I've been wasting my entire life. Same goes for every other liquid or gel that comes in a similar tube.
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Do you use any of the above toothpaste methods to save money? What other ways can you save money with toothpaste?