The combination of a mild abrasive, a surfactant, and an antibacterial agent makes toothpaste a potent stain fighter. Stick with standard paste, not gel, and steer clear of formulas designed for tartar control and whitening.
USE IT TO CLEAN YOUR . . .
CHROME FIXTURES: To polish faucets and taps in the kitchen or bathroom, smear a dime size amount of toothpaste onto the, then buff with a soft cloth until they shine.
TARNISHED SILVERWARE: Put a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth, rub it onto the tarnish, then rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.
STEAM IRON: Mineral deposits can stain an iron's sole plate. Apply a dab of toothpaste and work i into the plate. Use a clean cloth to remove reside.
CAN OPENER: Dip a toothbrush in a paste of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon water and use it to dislodge gunk.
STAINED TEACUPS AND COFFEE MUGS: Fill with 1 part baking soda and 2 parts water and soak overnight; rub with a sponge and rinse.
UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE: To remove odors, sprinkle baking soda on the fabric, then vacuum.
Happy cleaning everyone!