6 New Uses for Toothpaste

Clever ways to repurpose an everyday item.

1. Jewelry Polish

Out of the actual thing? Brighten tarnished baubles and precious metals by smearing them with a glob of nongel toothpaste. Gently buff with a soft cloth until they shine.

2. Computer Cleaner

Get grubby fingerprints off the keys by rubbing them with a white, baking soda–based toothpaste. Let dry, then wipe with a damp cloth.

3. Swim-Goggle Defogger

Coat each lens inside and out with nongel toothpaste and rinse. The paste helps prevent haziness.

4. Hand Deodorizer

After handling garlic or onions, apply a half-dollar–size amount to wet palms, rub together, and rinse.

5. Nail Brightener

Gently massage a little whitening toothpaste into nail beds to remove any yellowing.

6. Shoe Shine

Return white or light-colored kicks to their fresh-out-of-the-box state by erasing scuff marks with a soft toothbrush and a white nongel paste. Remove excess with a damp cloth.