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15 Surprising Uses Of Toothpaste To Ease Your Life

15 Surprising Uses Of Toothpaste To Ease Your Life

Toothpaste. The one sanitary product that we all use (hopefully) every day of our lives. Morning and evening we come into contact with toothpaste to give our teeth a good cleaning – but why just our teeth? Are we missing out on some of the greatest uses of toothpaste?

Some people swear by toothpaste for general household cleaning, due to the insoluble particles that help remove dirt, just as toothpaste removes plaque from our teeth. Examples include:

1. Cleaning tea/coffee stains

Mugs never seem to last long before they develop those dirty, brown rings around the inside from repeatedly not being washed up quickly enough – don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Instead of washing up liquid, give them a good scrub with some toothpaste – your mother will never comment on your stained cups.

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    2. Polishes silver

    Sick of all your cutlery and jewellery going a dusky grey colour? No need for expensive polishes, just buff in a little toothpaste with a cloth and you’ll have your sparkly silver back in no time.

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      3. Removes crayon marks

      Every parents had it. Pristine white walls. Beautiful smooth paint work. Before you know it there’s a wall of crayoned flowers and a bright green height chart with multiple annotations. There’s a simple solution – toothpaste! Ease of those stubborn crayon marks with a little toothpaste, and it will look as good as new.

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        4. Fixes CD scratches

        No one enjoys their favourite songs skipping/skipping/skipping. Gently rub some toothpaste over the scratches and you’ll be back groovin’ before you know it.

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          5. Deodorizes baby bottles

          Many new parents find themselves spending a fortune on new baby bottles, due to the old ones sadly smelling of sour milk after a few weeks. Don’t fork out for new ones unless you really need to – pop some toothpaste in the bottle, add warm water, shake and pour out – your bottles will be clean and minty-fresh.

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            6. Use as caulk/filler

            You’re moving. The house has been blitzed of dirt and grime – but alas, you’re removing your pictures and clocks from the walls and there are a multitude of tiny holes all around the apartment. Don’t fret – grab that toothpaste back out of the suitase and smear a small amount over the holes. Who needs expensive filler when you can use toothpaste?

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              7. Whitens piano keys

              It’s very sad when your beautiful piano looks older than its years due to yellow keys. Just as toothpaste helps with yellow teeth, it does the same for piano keys, so make your piano look brand new in minutes.

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                8. Cleans shoes

                Brand new shoes never look new for long, especially if they have white edges. Using an old toothbrush, brush around the edges with some toothpaste and you’ll be surprised at how much it will perk up your shoes.

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                  9. Removes coaster marks

                  There’s nothing worse than seeing a guest put down their mug on your brand new coffee table – WITHOUT a coaster. But wait, no need to panic. Just pop some toothpaste around the mark and it will gradually disappear.

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                    10. Cleans your iron

                    Ironing a shirt for an interview, you get those horrible black marks. No time to deep-clean the iron? Rub some toothpaste on and voila! Happy ironing.

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                      11. Cleans chrome

                      Whether it’s chrome taps, towel rails or even chrome on a motorbike, you want them to be shiny, not dull. There’s no need to fork out on pricey polishes, rub a little toothpaste into it and you’ll see your reflection in no time.

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                        And if toothpaste isn’t yet enough of a multi-use product, it’s also proven to have great benefits in the beauty/cosmetic world:

                        12. Helps reduce spots

                        This is an old myth that does hold truth – toothpaste is great for drying up those pesky pimples that always seem to pop up the day before a date or an interview. Definitely go for a simple, white toothpaste, especially if you have sensitive skin. No-one wants to make spots worse!

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                          13. Strengthens nails

                          Considering your nails and teeth are made out of the same substance, it makes perfect sense to brush your nails too. Giving your nails a little exfoliating with a toothbrush and toothpaste will strengthen them and make them shine.

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                            14. Soothes bites and burns

                            Stingy burns and bites can be a pain if you have no medication and the chemist is shut. No doubt there’s some toothpaste around somewhere – dab a small amount onto the wound and you’ll be surprised at how soothing it can be.

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                              15. Hair dye

                              The hair-dye addict’s worst nightmare is those stubborn stains around the hairline that just won’t seem to budge. Toothpaste will help remove these marks – but even better, why not rub a little around the hairline before dying your hair? This will ensure minimal stains, and leave you with a professional colour.

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                                So next time worrying about getting your deposit back on your rented property, or you have a spot that resembles mount Everest on your chin, don’t limit toothpaste to just your teeth, explore the uses of toothpaste – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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                                Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                3. Jumping Jacks

                                Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                5. Balancing Table Pose

                                This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                  6. Leg Squats

                                  Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                  Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                  The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                  7. Push Ups

                                  You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                  An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                  Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                  This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                  8. Bicycle Crunches

                                  There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                  Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                  9. Lunges

                                  Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                  Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                  This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                  10. Bicep Curls

                                  You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                  Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                  Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                  Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                  Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                  These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                  You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                  Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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