Chemical Free Home – Toothpaste As a Household Cleaner
Toothpaste is a versatile cleaning product beyond its application as a tooth cleaner. The mildly abrasive cleaning action makes toothpaste suitable for many household cleaning jobs.
Toothpastes are manufactured from various ingredients designed to gently remove stains and blemishes from the delicate enamel coating on teeth. This makes toothpaste ideal for cleaning things around the home. There are also some applications outside where toothpaste can be used to clean and shine.
In addition to toothpaste itself being a good cleaning product, an old toothbrush makes the perfect application tool. Don’t get your toothbrushes mixed up though.
Delicate China – Stains appear on delicate china over periods of use. Tea and coffee have tannins which leave unsightly brown stains in the cracks and decorative embellishments that attract stains over a period of time. Using a toothbrush, toothpaste can be applied to gently remove these stains from these cracks and decorative swirls on tea cups and similar items.
Enamel Stove Tops – Stains build up around the cooking area of stove tops and oven doors. This surface scratches easily so it is best to use a delicate cleaner like toothpaste. Again, a toothbrush makes an ideal application tool.
Mag wheel cleaner – I discovered this by accident one day when I grabbed what I thought was the Mag wheel cleaner from the bench and put in the car detailing box in the boot of my car. When I went to clean the wheels I was half way through the first wheel when I realised the smell of the cleaner was more like toothpaste. I rinsed off the portion of the wheel I had already done only to find the wheels sparkling more than they ever have. I was hooked on this new cleaner and have used it ever since.
Jewellery – An excellent cleaner for delicate and intricate jewellery. Toothpaste can be mixed with a little water or used in its thick state depending on the type of jewellery being cleaned. A toothbrush is again an ideal application tool.
Taps and Tap ware – Chrome or enamel taps can be cleaned with toothpaste. A toothbrush or a hand and nail cleaning brush can be used to scrub the toothpaste onto the taps and simply rinse off with water. If any toothpaste residue dries on the taps it can easily be wiped away with a cloth.
What else can you think of that could be cleaned with toothpaste? Try some different items around your home and see how it works. I would not recommend using on Glass (windows or mirrors), Timber, Fabric or similar items. Always test a small inconspicuous area before hitting the main area.
AÃ¯Â¿Â½ Eric J. Smith