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Pinch-a-penny Monday!

Happy Monday my fellow readers! I’m officially starting up Pinch-a-Penny Mondays. Every Monday, I will share tips for getting the most out of your household products like: lemon, duct tape and salt! Tips are from Reader’s Digest extraordinary uses for ordinary things.

Todays tip: Uses for toothpaste
Are you tired of cutting yourself when you shave because you can’t see yourself in the fogged up bathroom mirror? Well, just coat the mirror with non-gel toothpaste and wipe off before you get in the shower. When you get out of the shower, the mirror won’t be fogged!

Are your leather shoes scuffed up? Dab some toothpaste on the scuffed area and rub with a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. The leather will look like new.

Your clothes iron has built up gunk over time. Dab some toothpaste on a cool iron and that’s all you need to get the job done! Just rinse off and you’re on your way to gunk-free ironing!

More uses for toothpaste:

  • clean your piano keys
  • spiff up your sneakers
  • polish a diamond ring
  • deodorize baby bottles
  • prevent fogged goggles
  • shine bathroom and kitchen chrome
  • clean the bathroom sink
  • remove crayon from walls
  • remove ink of lipstick stains from fabric
  • remove watermarks from furniture
  • remove beach tar
  • clear up pimples
  • clean smells from hands


Ancient Egyptians used a concoction of ox-hoof ashes, burned eggshells, myrrh, pumice, and water to clean their teeth. And for most of history, tooth cleaning concoctions were used mostly by the wealthy. That began to change in 1850, when Dr. Washington Sheffield of New London, Connecticut, developed a formula we would recognize as toothpaste. He called it Dr. Sheffield’s Creme Dentrifice. It was his son, Dr, Lucius Tracy Sheffield, who observed collapsible metal tubes of paint and thought, Why not toothpaste? To this day, Sheffield Laboratories, the company Dr. Washington Sheffield founded in 1850, continues to make toothpaste and put it in tubes.

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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Pinch-a-Penny


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