That everyday item – toothpaste
– is supposed to be for cleaning your teeth but there are many other uses for toothpaste which I will get to later. However, you might be surprised to find that commercial toothpaste is not the ideal product to clean your teeth with. Along with artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners and preservatives, toothpaste actually contains many harmful and toxic chemicals with common ingredients.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) to create that foaming action but it can damage your cells and even leave you with canker sores and other skin problems.
Sodium laureth sulfate which is known to be an irritant.
Fluoride which may be linked to cancer and could actually damage your teeth over time.
Artificial petroleum dyes such as FD & C Blue No. 1 which may cause allergic reactions and possibly tumors.
Replacements for commercial toothpaste
So avoid commercial toothpastes and change to natural ones or even a product that is not a toothpaste at all. A natural toothpaste has much safer ingredients and tastes better too but the one drawback is glycerin which occurs in both commercial and natural toothpaste. The good news is that teeth can regenerate but the bad news is that they will not be able to do so if they are covered in glycerin. So what else is there?
- A few drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide (3 % solution or weaker) added to your toothbrush will help whiten the teeth and keep the mouth fresh, clean, and healthy but It should only be used every few days at the most.
Baking soda whitens the teeth, freshens the mouth, and exfoliates the teeth. It should also only be used every few days because too often and it may cause irritation.
Tooth Soap can be used every day with its simple ingredients and essential oils to promote healthy gums and clean the teeth without coating them.
But don't throw away your commercial white toothpaste because there are 15 other uses for it!
- Evens out scratches on CD / DVD by putting on some toothpaste, scrub and clean it off.
- Removes stain from clothing and other cloth material - including ink or lipstick. Squeeze some on the spot, scrub and rinse.
- Cleans diamond rings by squeezing a little onto an old toothbrush, wet the ring, scrub gently, and rinse.
- Cleans silver to bring out the shine.
- Eases burns by putting on to help relieve the sting.
- Removes crayon from painted walls by rubbing the marks with toothpaste and a damp rag. Wipe with water to get rid of residue.
- Remove carpet stains by squeezing some toothpaste on to the carpet, scrubbing, rinsing and then leaving to dry.
- Relieves insect bites by applying toothpaste to the area to soothe and take away the itching. Works especially well with mosquito, flea and ant bites.
- Cleans your nails by squeezing some toothpaste on a toothbrush, wet the nails and brush them thoroughly. Sparkly results.
- Cleans shoes by scrubbing with a wet toothbrush over boots, working shoes, the rubber part of sneakers and to remove scuffs too.
- Cleans around the bathroom including shower doors and rings around the tub.
- Treats acne but be very careful when using this. Use it at most once a week. Just dab a small amount on a pimple before bed, wake up and it will dry up.
- Removes scratches on glassware by polishing with a squeeze of toothpaste. Your glassware should be shining in no time.
- Cleans your electric iron by applying toothpaste to the cool iron. Then scrub with a cloth before rinsing clean.
- Removes water marks from furniture. Watermark rings left by beverages should be gently rubbed with white toothpaste with a soft cloth.