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7 Clever Uses for Toothpaste

So you’re out of toothpaste and you run to the store to pick some up before work.  You go through your purse and find that you only have about $2.00 in change.  Since you’re in a hurry as it is, you grab the cheapest tube you can find, only to discover that it tastes like baking soda.  Yuck.  Well, you don’t want to put that purchase to waste…so here’s some other things you can do with toothpaste!

Minty fresh!

1.  Remove scuff from your shoes.  Simply dab some on your leather shoes and wipe with a cloth.  Wipe clean and you’re stepping out in style.

2.  Toothpaste is great for adding shine to your pearly whites, but it can also add a sparkle to that rock on your left finger.  Use a toothbrush to scrub your diamond ring with toothpaste and wipe it clean.  Your hand will be as sparkly as your smile.

3.  Use toothpaste to hang posters and fill “cavities” (ha!) in the wall.  Add a little drop to each of the four corners of your poster and hang it up.  It could also help hold a poster in place when you secure it with something stronger.  As for holes in the wall, use white toothpaste to fill in ugly nail holes and paint over it.  Good as new.  Toothpaste will also help remove those crayon stains from the wall, too.

4.  Be sure to add extra toothpaste to your overnight bag because it can also work as pimple ointment, bee sting ointment, and bug bite relief.  Use it as an overnight cream for pimples and rub it on a bug infected area to help sooth the pain and the itch.

5.  Put some toothpaste on a paper towel and fold it up.  Place it under the seat of your car and open the door to a minty breath of air every time you drive.

6.  Our teeth are made of enamel, and toothpaste is good for them, so it stands to reason that toothpaste would also be good for our fingernails. For cleaner, shinier, and stronger nails, simply scrub the underneath and tops of fingernails with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

7.  Remove scratches from DVD’s and CD’s.  This remedy has been used with mixed success rates, but it seems to work fairly well on shallow scratches and smudges. Apply a thin coating of toothpaste to the disc and rub gently, then rinse clean.

Knowledge is power!  Learn fun facts, hints and tips, and creative ways to use every day items with “The Buzz” posts on Thursday.


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8 Clever Uses for Lemons

I don’t know if it’s the fact that summer is right around the corner or it’s just my life-long love of yellow, but I have been obsessed with lemons recently.  I redecorated my kitchen to accommodate my obsession, retiring my retro kitchen décor for that of photos of bright lemon desserts and sunshine colored towels.  Doing so got me thinking of what other possibilities could be in store for these little tangy fruit jewels…

Dirty microwave?  Leave a glass of lemon juice and water inside the microwave and turn it on for one minute.  It will smell good as new.

Rub half a lemon on your stainless steel sink to help remove lime scales.  Let it sit for a while and rinse.

Add equal parts lemon juice and water to an atomizer and create a wonderful chemical free air freshener for your home.

Combine lemon juice and baking soda into a paste and rub it on chrome or copper.  Rinse and buff with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your dishwashing detergent to boost grease cutting power.

Use hot lemon juice and baking soda to de-clog drains.  On that note, throw some lemon peel in your garbage disposal unit once in a while to keep it smelling fresh.

Add 4 tablespoons of lemon juice to a half gallon of water for an effective and eco-friendly way to clean your windows.

Mix lemon pulp with sugar to exfoliate your feet.  Rub and rinse and you’ll smell of summer!

Knowledge is power!  Learn fun facts, hints and tips, and creative ways to use every day items with “The Buzz” posts on Thursday.

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