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Helpful Hacks from an Unexpected Source

No matter who you are, it’s natural to want to save a buck or two where you can. But sometimes we’ve got no choice but to buy a separate product to use once. That’s not exactly economical, or practical. But what if we told you that you could have the answer to your problem in your home already - and it could come from a very unexpected source?

Many of our favorite oral health care products can be used to solve household problems. These "hacks" can save you both time and money by using products you may already have!

Toothpaste

Toothpaste isn’t just for the teeth - in fact, it's very versatile. It can be used to clean, repair and even take the sting out of common ailments like bug bites! Here are just a few household hacks you can use a dab of toothpaste on.

Crayon. Ever had a child color on your painted walls? Try a little bit of toothpaste on the crayon and scrub gently. Voila! No more crayon.
Fingernails. Nails stained from polish can get a lightening treatment with whitening toothpaste. Scrub your nails gently, though.
Baby bottles/sippy cups. Over time, baby bottles and sippy cups can start to smell like whatever was in them last, no matter how many times you wash them. A simple solution of water and toothpaste can help remove that odor and get them back to smelling fresh and clean again. Plus, you know it’s safe because it’s meant to go in your mouth anyway, so no need to worry about harsh chemicals.

Denture Tablets

Not everyone uses these, but if you do, they are far more versatile than you might think. Whether you use them regularly or aren’t sure what to do with a leftover supply from cleaning retainers or mouth guards, here are some great ways to use up those extra-effervescent disks.

Dishes. Got a tough stain or caked-on food that won’t loosen from your cookware? Try a solution of denture tablets and water and let it soak for a few hours. The food should loosen and come off with gentle scrubbing.
Drains. If your drain is clogged, try dropping a few crushed denture tabs in it and running hot water. Those tiny bubbles will help break up whatever is stopping your pipes.
Jewelry. Most jewelry can be soaked for up to 30 minutes in denture tablets and then rinsed and patted dry.

Floss

Dental floss is like string - but stronger. So naturally it can be used for many things you might use string for, such as these handy floss hacks.

Garden staking. You can use dental floss to stake your plants. Just tie the floss around the plant and onto the stake.
Cutting cake. Want a perfect slice of cake but don’t have a long enough knife for one clean cut? Try some dental floss instead.
Cookies. Everyone loves cookies (in moderation!), but sometimes they get stuck to the pan and fall apart. If this happens to you, try sliding a piece of floss under the cookies and swiping across the bottom. The cookies should pop up without crunching up like an accordion or falling apart.

We hope these hacks are helpful, but we also hope you are using your oral health care products as intended, too!

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