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What Would MacGyver Do? 6 Ways to Save the Day with Toothpaste

Rolling up the Colgate tube to squeeze out every last dollop before you buy another one is a simple, smart way to save money, but did you know that toothpaste also makes a good adhesive, deodorizer and cleaner (for other things besides your teeth)? We’ve collected some MacGyver-inspired ideas from the Internet to get more use out of your tube of tooth polisher.

What MacGyver did: Used plastic explosives disguised as toothpaste to create a diversion, allowing him to disarm his captor.

What you can do:

Patch small holes in your walls. Use a putty knife or butter knife to smooth the toothpaste into the hole. Then sand the toothpaste to smooth the surface.

Erase crayon marks from walls. Grab some non-gel toothpaste and a scrub brush, then just wipe until the marks are gone.

Shine chrome. Smear non-gel toothpaste on the chrome surface, and use a soft, dry cloth to wipe it down. The fine abrasive in the paste polishes the chrome to a spotless shine.

Deodorize a baby bottle. Apply toothpaste to your bottle brush to scrub out the stale milk smell. Then rinse it away.

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