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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Greetings Thrifty Friends,

I was checking the bargain bin in the grocery store the other day (ALWAYS check the bargain bin), and I found a bunch of tubes of a discontinued flavor of toothpaste. One dollar for a 3.5 oz tube! That's quite a deal. But really, how much toothpaste can a person use?

That depends on what you use it for.

We all know that toothpaste makes an excellent jewelry polish (or at least you should if you're subscribed to Thrifty Tips) but it can do a lot more than polishing jewelry and teeth. Especially at a dollar per tube!

Keep pinchin' those pennies,

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* If it works on jewelry it will work on silver and brass: Use a soft toothbrush to scrub lightly with just a dab of paste. Rinse thoroughly and polish with a dry, soft cloth. If toothpaste remains in any cracks, clean the toothbrush thoroughly and brush under water to dislodge the white paste. Dry again and polish. Whatever you do, however, don't apply toothpaste to pearls as the grit will remove the shiny finish.

* Coffee Table Water Rings: This is an oldie but goody: Simply rub some toothpaste into the irritating ring with a soft cloth and wipe dry with a clean, damp cloth. Apply a finishing shine with a touch of furniture polish or oil (olive oil works, too). Then break out the coasters and make sure they get used.

* Crayon on Painted Walls: Children, crayons, and walls are natural attractants. No need to panic. Just gently rub a damp cloth and some toothpaste on your child's masterpiece, then rinse with a wet cloth and dry. Make sure you run a test on a small area of the wall before applying to a large area, just in case the paint can't handle even a mild abrasive.

* Carpet Stains: Squeeze toothpaste directly onto the carpet stain and scrub it with a toothbrush. Then rinse and repeat the process until the stain disappears.

* Clothing Stains: If toothpaste works on your carpets, it should work equally well on cloth. Apply the toothpaste directly to the stained area with a bit of water and rub hard before popping in the washer. This may not work on all fabrics or stains but it's quite effective on ink and shirt-collar stains. Of course, you don't want to use whitening toothpastes on colored fabrics. Instead, use a basic toothpaste without bleaching agents for this purpose.

* Toothpaste works wonders on stainless steel sinks. Just apply to a sponge and scour gently. It will leave your sink clean and fresh.