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MORE THAN BRIGHT CHOPPERS

Toothpaste can be used for more than brushing your teeth. Here are other uses. McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers

Relieve irritations from bug bites, sores and blisters. Apply a dab to stop itching and to decrease any swelling.

Soothe minor burns that don't involve an open wound. Apply delicately to the affected area immediately.

Clean your fingernails. Our nails and teeth are made up of enamel, and toothpaste is great for enamel. Scrub nails with a toothbrush and toothpaste for shinier and stronger nails.

Remove offensive odors. Scrub your hands and fingertips briefly with toothpaste to eliminate odors like garlic, fish and onion.

Remove stains. Apply toothpaste directly to a stain on clothing and rub briskly until the stain is gone, then wash as usual. Be careful when using whitening toothpaste, however, because it can bleach clothes. For carpet stains, apply to stain, scrub with an abrasive brush, then rinse immediately.

Spruce up dirty shoes. Apply toothpaste directly to dirty or scuffed areas on shoes, scrub and wipe clean.

Remove crayon stains on painted walls. Rub a cloth damp with toothpaste gently on the marks.

Polish. Make silver jewelry and other silver pieces sparkle. Rub toothpaste onto jewelry and leave overnight. Wipe clean.

Tidy up piano keys. Piano keys retain oil from your skin, so dust and dirt are attracted to them. Clean the grime with a damp, lint-free cloth and toothpaste. Rub in the toothpaste and wipe clean.

Defog goggles. Gently rub a small amount of toothpaste into each lens of your goggles, then rinse thoroughly.

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