Have you ever thought about alternative uses for toothpaste? A tube seems to last for a year and it is relatively inexpensive. What if you could get more out of it than just for dental hygiene?
Being a proud prepper, we’re always looking for ways to become more self-sufficient. I want every item I own to have multiple uses and sere multiple purposes. It’s more efficient and better for the environment.
Why not get more out of your toothpaste other just brushing your teeth? There are a surprising number of ways we can use it for. Here are 10 uses for toothpaste.
Survival Uses For Toothpaste
- Stops Bug-Bite Itches
- Stops Itch from Skin Rashes
- Stops the Burn
- Freshens Kitchen Drain
- Freshens Food Containers
- Works as a Car Freshener
- Removes Small Scratches from Phone Screens
- Stops Poison Ivy in Its Tracks
- Reduces Bruising
- Repairs Minor Car Scratches
1) Stops Bug Bite Itches
When the bite starts itching, Just take a very little toothpaste and apply it to a bite. It stops the itching immediately and reduces the swelling. It is highly recommended for faster itching healing as it prevents the itch and dehydrates the bite.
2) Stops Itch from Skin Rashes
Once you experience skin rashes in your body, this is the cure, toothpaste. Applying little toothpaste in the rashes relieves the itches. It contains chemicals that kill the bacteria in the rashes. Some ingredients commonly found in the toothpaste are alcohol, and they help in drying the rashes.
3) Stops the Burn
The commonly cured burns by the use of toothpaste are first-degree burns. They are the less severe burns that people face in their daily activities. Some of them come from sun exposure, accidentally touching the hot pots and hot curling iron. Toothpaste soothes the damaged skin.
4) Freshens Kitchen Drain
Most of the time, the kitchen drains get musty smells because of the so many foodstuffs that make their way on to it. Just rub some drops around the drain and allow it to settle. After settling, take enough water, rinse it properly.
5) Freshens Food Containers
People always store their food storage items with their lids on. An odor that you don’t like develops when this happens. You don’t have to go to the market to look for the cure, here it is.
Scrub the container with toothpaste that will keep away a minty fresh aroma killing the smell and still giving you a chance again to store your container’s lids on top.
6) Works as Car Fresheners
Can fresheners are very expensive, but the fact remains no one wants his car to be smelly. We’ll all love cars that smell right. If that’s the case, then only do this small task. Use a paper towel then put the toothpaste on it, and hoard it under the seats. Park the car in the sun and allow it to heat, and the scent will be released.
7) Removes Small Scratches from the Phone Screens
Your phone will develop small scratches on the screen if you don’t use the screen protector. It is not all when this happens; it is possible to fix those small scratches. Carefully rub the toothpaste on the skin, allow it to stay there for a few minutes then rub it clean.
8) Stops Poison Ivy in its Trails
If you are allergic to poison ivy, rub the toothpaste on the ivy after coming into contact. It’s essential as it kills the itch as it dries up the reaction.
9) Reduces Bruising
Some researchers recommend the use of apple cider vinegar, but it is not easy to get it. Toothpaste is the best cure for this. Just rub it a little on the bruise, it immediately goes into work curing the damaged area in the body.
10) Repairs Minor Car Scratches
It is normal to have minor scratches in your car, but they don’t have to stay. Apply toothpaste to those scratches and wipe clean. Do this repeatedly until scratches disappear or are less noticeable in your car.
As we mentioned above, using some toothpaste on your skin can help relieve irritation and inflammation. If you get a bug bite, try applying a small amount on the bite area.
To sum it up, all I can say is, toothpaste isn’t just… toothpaste. It’s practically gold.
There are many ways to get more functions and use out of even a toothbrush. Buy a couple extra and try some new things with it. Maybe you’ll find it to be the next addition to your survival kit.
If you liked this post, you might also want to read our post listing dozens of uses for a shemagh scarf. You can also read the ultimate guide of survival hacks.