Here’s Why You Should Keep Toothpaste in the Kitchen

published Jan 19, 2023
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I love finding ways to use things I already have in new life-hack-y ways, like removing labels on jars with coconut oil and baking soda. Like toothpaste: It’s something we all have in our bathrooms. But here are a few reasons to keep a tube in the kitchen.

Remove water stains from wood

Gently rubbing non-gel toothpaste on water rings can remove them from a wooden table.

Shine chrome

Scrubbing chrome fixtures with a dab of toothpaste will make them gleam. Rub the toothpaste into the chrome with a rag and then buff with a clean rag.

Squirt some on your hands to remove fish, onion, or garlic smells from your hands

I love cooking with garlic, but I do not love catching whiffs of it from my hands for the rest of the day. Toothpaste will freshen up your hands just like it freshens up your mouth. Simply squeeze some toothpaste into your hands and rub it around on your fingers and palms. Then wash your hands as usual.

Get odors out of food storage containers and more

Ever have the plastic Tupperware that smells of spaghetti or the Instant Pot insert that smells of chicken stock no matter how hard you scrub? Using toothpaste and a scouring pad will erase those odors for good.

Refresh your disposal

When you think your toothpaste tube is empty, whether it’s the one you’ve been using to brush your teeth or the one you keep in the kitchen, cut off the top of the tube, fill the tube with warm water, and then pour the toothpaste water down your disposal. You’ll be freshening up your disposal and, incidentally, not allowing a single drop of toothpaste to go to waste!

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: Why You Should Keep Toothpaste in the Kitchen