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6 New Uses for Toothpaste

Clever ways to repurpose an everyday item.

ToothpasteJohn Lawton

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.

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