Perhaps you want to bring your four-legged friend along on your next adventure? Maybe you’re looking to move and want somewhere that will welcome your pet, too? Whatever the case, these are the most dog-friendly cities in the world.
It’s not unusual to see dogs running here, there, and everywhere in Rome. Why? It’s not a law to use a leash! That means pups can often be seen splashing in the fountains or making friends with anyone willing to stop and give them smoochies.
New York City, New York
From designer collars to chic accessories, it seems as though the dogs of New York City are often treated to only the best. That’s not all. Anyone who adopts their dog from the shelter will get a $500 tax credit for the end of the year to encourage more people to adopt and not shop.
Tel Aviv, Israel
This city is filled with thousands of dogs who are allowed just about everywhere. Malls, restaurants, cafes, and stores are all filled with our four-legged friends. Plus, there are more than 70 dog parks in Tel Aviv alone that our dogs can reach by train, taxi, or bus.
Any dog owner in Switzerland must pass a rigorous test before they are allowed their new pet. As well as passing the written exam, there is also a practical assessment that grants people a license. They only want their dogs to have the best of friends in this city.
Santa Barbara, California
Living next to the beach can be the perfect home for many dog owners. The best bit? Santa Barbara has a dedicated dog beach that means our canine friends can run free and hit the waves alongside their owner. It’s even open every day of the year – bonus!
Believe it or not, but there are more dogs in Seattle than there are babies. Yes, it seems as though people in Seattle are so in love with their dogs that more and more people are welcoming them into their lives every year, meaning the pets accepted just about anywhere in the city.
Thankfully, we no longer have to worry about leaving our furry friend at home if we plan on taking our pooch with us to one of the most dog-friendly cities in the world.
40 Surprising Toothpaste Hacks That Everyone Should Know About
Toothpaste can clean, fix, and deodorize just about anything in your home. Have a scratch on your car or phone? Odor emanating from your shoes, thermos, or hands? Unclean headlights, keys, mirrors, jewelry, coins, or bathroom fixtures? Stains from beverage mugs, spilled ink, permanent markers, or crayons? Stinging due to bug bites, poison ivy, or minor burns? Toothpaste can rescue you from all of these problems and more! Continue reading to find out how this miracle product can help you out of almost any household emergency.
Remove Scuffs From Shoes
If your shoes have scuff marks, gentle, white, non-gel toothpaste that doesn’t contain any heavy chemicals or whitening agents can be used to polish them away. Apply a little toothpaste to a soft cloth and gently polish your shoes until the scuff marks are gone.
If mild scrubbing with a cloth isn’t working, try using an old toothbrush for tougher scuff marks and wipe it off with a damp cloth before letting it air-dry, preferably under indirect sunlight.
Get Rid of Carpet Stains
As you can see by now, you can use toothpaste as a cleaner around the house. If you have carpets with stains on them, directly squeeze toothpaste on to the stains and scrub it vigorously with an old, used toothbrush. Rinse the area.
You may have to repeat the process a few times because carpet stains are difficult to get out, especially if they have been there for a while. You don’t have to be embarrassed anymore by that large visible stain in the middle of your carpet the next time guests come over!
Clear Foggy Goggles
We have covered cleaning with toothpaste for a while. Now, let’s move on to more unexpected uses of the dentifrice. To stop your goggles from steaming up, dab a thin layer of toothpaste gently on the lenses!
If you have ever seen a professional swimmer carry around a tube of toothpaste, now you know why! It prevents any condensation from forming on your goggles. It should effectively prevent fogging!
Clean Piano Keys
Your piano keys won’t remain white forever; they will inevitably turn yellow, especially if you don’t keep them covered. To whiten yellowing ivory keys, gently buff them with white toothpaste for a few minutes before wiping the residue away with a clean cloth soaked in whole milk and drying it immediately.
Remember to only use white toothpaste, as a gel or colored toothpaste will corrode the delicate enamel. The brightening agent in white toothpaste should render your piano keys white again.
Dry Out Pimples
If you’re frustrated because your skin has broken out the night before you were planning to go out, a quick remedy might be leaving toothpaste on your angriest pimples for two hours to dry them out fast. Make sure to use white-colored organic toothpaste with low fluoride content that has no teeth-whitening properties.
Check the ingredients for baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, or triclosan, as they will help. Proceed with caution when trying this solution because harsh toothpaste can end up irritating your skin, worsening your acne.
Make Jewelry Sparkle
If you’re wondering how to safely clean your jewelry at home, don’t scoff at toothpaste. Squeeze some white, non-gel toothpaste out on a discarded toothbrush and gently rub your jewelry with it until it sparkles.
Toothpaste doesn’t just clean your teeth, it’s strong enough to remove tarnish from silver. After cleaning your jewelry with toothpaste, wash it with warm water and then buff it with a soft cloth until it looks new and shiny again.
Remove Dye Stains
If you have ever colored your hair, you know what it’s like to have a dye stain along your hairline and face where it was applied. Put some non-gel toothpaste on a cotton swab and gently rub it over the stained skin until you see the pesky dye start to miraculously come off.
Leave the toothpaste on for a few minutes before washing it off with a damp, warm cloth. Toothpaste is an easy way to tackle dye stains. You don’t even have to go out of the bathroom to fix it!
Remove Build-up From Irons
When ironing is dirtying your clothes more than it is straightening them, you know it’s time to clean the soleplate. This is to make sure that mineral buildup isn’t making your clothes grimy. To clean your iron, make sure that it is cool before rubbing some white toothpaste on the plate and wiping it off with a damp cloth.
As an additional measure, put your iron over an old towel and let it steam. Wipe away the toothpaste with a clean cloth. Plug your iron in and fill the tank with water. Place your iron on top of an old towel or a clean cloth and let it produce steam for a while to thoroughly remove any build-up.
Repair Minor Car Scratches
You can use toothpaste on a cloth to lightly sand down a car scratch. The uneven surface is generally worn down by the toothpaste covered cloth. To get rid of a scratch, what you have to do is clean your car so that no dust remains on its body.
Fill a bucket with water and use a cloth to wipe down the car until it is free from dirt. Next, put some toothpaste on a soft cloth and rub it on the scratch in a circular motion so that it fills the gaps until no residue is left. All you need is some elbow grease and toothpaste!
Clean a Mirror
Recently, TikTok’s ‘Wipe It Down’ challenge has taken social media by storm. You can clean all your bathroom fixtures with toothpaste, and a mirror is no different. Put toothpaste on a wet cloth and rub your bathroom mirror with it.
Don’t freak out when it looks like you’ve just created another mess. Simply wet a paper towel with water and wipe down the mirror. Voila! You no longer have to squint to see yourself in the morning.
Remove Ink Stains
Did your pen burst in your pocket, spilling ink all over your pants? Don’t panic! Head to your bathroom and grab that handy tube of toothpaste. Place a clean cloth underneath the stain.
Next, squeeze some toothpaste liberally on to the ink stain and rub it into the stain. (Make sure you use white, non-gel toothpaste.) You’ll see the ink start to come off! Wash it off with cool water and repeat the process until all of the ink stains have all but faded away.
Seal an Envelope
You can also seal an envelope with toothpaste! Anyone who’s ever used it knows how sticky the paste is. Fair warning, though, if the receiver is likely to take a long time to open it, the toothpaste might dry into a powder.
In fact, such an incident occurred at Ohio University. A prison inmate, who didn’t have glue on hand, used toothpaste to seal an envelope containing his application and background materials, but it gave one employee such a fright that they panicked, leading to the temporary evacuation of all employees.
Polish Your Silver
Instead of spending extra to get a product that can only be used to polish silver, consider using toothpaste you have lying around instead. Wash the silver, apply white toothpaste to it, and rub it slowly into the silver while it is still wet.
You will see the white toothpaste becoming black as you scrub the silver. When you are done, consider letting the toothpaste sit on the silver for two minutes before washing it (unless you are too excited to see how much shinier it is already).
Smooth Out Scratches On Your Phone
We have talked about smoothing out scratches on your CD and your car. A scratch on your phone can be smoothed out in the same way. Keep in mind that this won’t work if your phone’s screen has serious cracks in it.
It is only meant to remove minor scratches, and it does this very efficiently. Put a little toothpaste on a cotton swab and run it in circular motions over the scratch. Hopefully, the toothpaste will have filled in the gap left by the scratch.
Remove Water Stains
Are pesky water stains on your wooden furniture making you cringe? Want to know the solution to this problem? Just apply some white toothpaste to a soft cloth and rub away at it until any water stain left from the bottom of dripping mugs are gone.
Dry the wood before applying a coat of furniture polish to it so you never have to think before putting down a sweating beverage again.
Clean Old Coins
You probably haven’t considered cleaning your coins unless you are a coin collector. However, over the years, coins can take on a layer of dirt that changes their appearance.
If you are curious about what a newly minted coin looks like, try gently rubbing it with toothpaste. The keyword here is “gently”! This is because toothpaste is highly abrasive and can make your coins look unnatural if you scrub too hard.
Hang Paper Posters
You’ve just bought some great posters! You can’t wait to decorate your rooms with them, but you are renting your apartment, and don’t want to put holes in the walls by using tacks! Did you know toothpaste is sticky enough to act as glue?
Just apply a very thin layer of toothpaste on the corners of your posters and stick them to the wall! Make sure to use regular white toothpaste so it doesn’t discolor your walls.
Block Out Any Smells
You know how toothpaste magically removes all bad breath as soon as your brush with it? That’s because it is so great at blocking out smells. Toothpaste contains sodium fluoride and triclosan, which are known to kill bacteria in your mouth.
Toothpaste also often has a mind mint flavor, which leaves you with fresh breath. So, other than your breath, you can block out foul smells from small objects such as bowls and containers. It can even deodorize baby bottles!
Revive a White Keyboard
If you have Apple’s iMac or a backlit gaming keyboard with mechanical switches, your keyboard is likely to look dirty often. Ideally, you would clean keyboards using a damp lint-free microfiber cloth, but if you can’t find yours and your keyboard really needs a quick wipe to remove all the accumulated grime, you can clean it with toothpaste.
Ensure that it is disconnected before applying a small dab of white toothpaste to a soft cloth and gently buffing each stained key.
Banish Coffee Rings in a Flash
Coffee doesn’t just stain your teeth, it also stains your coffee table! It took physicists a while to figure out why coffee rings occur in the first place, but now that we know, we have been able to figure out how to get rid of them as well.
If you just can’t remember to use coasters and some coffee rings have formed on your coffee table, try rubbing some non-gel toothpaste on the table’s surface with a soft cloth. It should come right off with some elbow grease.
Clean Your Thermos
If you own a canister, you must know the musty odor it develops over time, reminiscent of mold and mildew. This happens if you leave fragrant savory liquids such as soups or stews in it too long. We all dislike drinking out of a stinky thermos, so here’s a way to make it smell minty fresh.
Add some plain white toothpaste to your thermos and fill it with water before shaking it around vigorously. Wash as you would normally afterward. How clean does your thermos smell now?
Remove Nail Polish Stains
Did your nail polish came right off with some remover, but seems to have left some stubborn stains behind that just won’t go? Here’s an easy way to remove them! Start by filling a bowl with water and lemon slices. Soak your hands in this solution for a few minutes until your nails have softened.
Then, put a dollop of toothpaste on an old toothbrush and start gently scrubbing your nails. Let the toothpaste sit on your nails for a minute or two before washing it off.
Clean Up Spilled Makeup
You open your eyeshadow palette, only to see broken eyeshadow fall like loose powder out of the container and on to your dressing table. You immediately groan. It’s hard enough to remove waterproof makeup from your face. You don’t want to think about how much harder it is going to be to remove it from the surface of bedroom vanities.
Before you panic, grab your toothpaste and try wiping away that lipstick smudge or pigmented foundation with a dime-sized amount of it!
Relieve Bug Bites, Sores and Blisters
You’ve just got a mosquito bite, and the itch is unbearable. You don’t have to grit your teeth and silently tolerate it! Fight that annoying itch by putting a thin film of toothpaste over and around the bite.
Regular white toothpaste is often flavored with menthol and mint, which can act as a cooling agent, producing a soothing sensation capable of distracting you from the itch. It should relieve the irritation at least a little. Who knew toothpaste was an easy bug bite relief solution?
Repair Marks on Leather
We have already seen that toothpaste can clean cotton and canvas, but did you know that it can also clean leather? Dampen a soft cloth with warm water and clean the leather. Next, rub some toothpaste on to a dry cloth and gently scrub the leather until any annoying stains have vanished.
Wipe the area with a clean cloth when finished, then remove remaining moisture with a towel before letting it air dry. Make sure you are using non-gel toothpaste. For more stubborn stains, use a soft toothbrush instead of a clean cloth.
Soothe a Minor Burn
Minor burns can be cooled by putting a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on them. It contains cooling ingredients that can distract you from the pain temporarily. Run cold water over the burn for a few minutes before gently spreading a small dab of toothpaste over the injury.
While your burn is soothed by the toothpaste, you can seek out more permanent remedies. Caution: Only use this method for the most minor burns! Putting toothpaste on a serious burn might only exacerbate the condition.
De-scuff Your Linoleum
Linoleum is known as great floor covering, but did you know that it was made of canvas coated with linseed oil and powdered cork? This thick coating allows it to withstand a lot of foot traffic without wear and tear, but linoleum isn’t free from scuff marks, especially if you are walking on it while wearing rubber shoes.
However, these scuffs are easy to remove! Just apply a little toothpaste with a dry cloth and scrub any linoleum marks right off.
Get Rid of Food Smells From Your Hands
You already know that toothpaste can deodorize baby bottles, shoes, and thermoses, but did you know that it can also deodorize your hands? If you are dealing with pungent foods on a daily basis because of, say, handling fish, the odor can linger on your hands even after you have washed them with soap and water.
If that is the case, attempt to remove it by using toothpaste next time! Just put a small dab of toothpaste into your hands before washing it with soapy water. Are you blown away by the difference?
Treat Poison Ivy Stings
Have you been around any poison ivy plants recently? Do you have a persistent ivy rash that just won’t let you rest? Put a little toothpaste on to the rash to prevent itching. It will stop you from scratching the itch, which should speed up the recovery process.
Reduce the itchy irritation of poison ivy as easily as that. Don’t try this if the rash has already developed into open blisters, though, because it might sting.
Keep Your Fingernails Strong
For a while now, we have been talking about plain, non-gel, white toothpaste without any whitening properties…but what if all you have is whitening toothpaste? There’s a use for that too! It doesn’t just whiten your teeth, it can also brighten your nails!
If your whitening toothpaste contains baking soda, layer some of it on your nails and let it sit for 15 minutes. Next, grab an old toothbrush and gently scrub away the toothpaste under warm running water. Your nails should be as strong and bright as you’d like them to be afterward.
Remove Crayon Marks From Walls
Are your walls filled with crayon artwork that only looks good to your little ones? Before rushing out to buy new cans of paint, try grabbing some toothpaste and gently scrubbing away at the crayon marks with a toothbrush. Whether the crayon marks have been applied on wallpaper or directly on the walls, generic toothpaste tends to be abrasive enough to make it come off.
Wipe your walls down with a wet cloth, and then use toothpaste to remove the crayon artwork. Lastly, reintroduce your little ones to paper so that they don’t draw on the walls next time!
Remove Chewing Gum From Your Hair
Gum stuck in your hair can be a nightmare. Getting gum out of your hair can be tricky, but before you consider cutting a chunk of healthy hair off and ruining your favorite haircut, try applying some toothpaste to the gum wad and work it into your hair.
Once the toothpaste has dried, the gum shouldn’t be as sticky as before. Toothpaste lubricates the hair, and after it solidifies, it makes the gum less sticky. All of this makes it easier to take the gum out.
Remove Permanent Marker Stains
Permanent marker stains can easily appear. If you are carrying it around in your backpack, chances are the inner lining will experience a marker leak eventually. Not to worry, though; white toothpaste (preferably with baking soda in it) will get the marker stain right out.
Just take some toothpaste and rub it into the stain in a circular motion. Next, scrub the stain with a rag until it disappears. Lastly, rub the toothpaste residue off with a wet cloth.
Remove Facial Hair
A beauty vlogger claimed that toothpaste and turmeric removed her body hair, and now it’s the latest beauty hack that everyone’s trying. Toothpaste is a great DIY hair remover once mixed with sugar and lemon juice.
If you are tired of shaving or waxing and want to try something new, just grab your tube of white toothpaste and get working! If your skin is very sensitive, you might want to refrain from trying this.
Remove Grime From Refrigerator Seals
Here’s a second use for whitening toothpaste. If your fridge door isn’t closing properly, it might be because of buildup on your refrigerator seals. Try using toothpaste to clean your refrigerator seals.
Just apply some whitening toothpaste on to an old toothbrush and scrub away at the gasket seal around your fridge that’s sticky from accumulated dirt. You can even clean the outside or inside of your refrigerator with toothpaste if you’re feeling inspired!
Rescue Scratched DVDs or CDs
You’ve accidentally scratched a disc containing valuable digital data. Before you throw it away, try toothpaste to fix it! Why? It might fill any gaps caused by the scratches, so the data on the disc can be read again.
Clean the disc with soapy water and dry it. Take some toothpaste on a wooden toothpick and apply it to the scratch in a straight motion from the center to the edge, before rubbing it gently off with a soft cloth. Did it work?
Revive Stinky Shoes
We are all embarrassed by how bad our shoes can smell at times. However, toothpaste can come to your rescue very quickly if you’re feeling self-conscious about the stink emanating from your worn-out shoes.
Get that new-shoe smell again by using an old toothbrush with a generous dab of toothpaste on it to really scrub away at your old smelly shoes. Make sure you get into every tiny crevice. It’ll easily remove the funk from your kicks.
Clean Your Car Headlights
If this article will teach you anything, it’s that toothpaste can clean everything. Try rubbing your dirty headlights with a soft cloth after applying toothpaste on it. Before you begin, wash your headlights with soapy water.
Then use toothpaste (preferably with baking soda on a clean cloth) to scrub it for five minutes. Afterward, rinse your headlights and let them air-dry. Voila! Your headlights should no longer be hazy.
Clean Your Bathroom Fixtures
Squeeze some toothpaste on a soft cloth and rub your bathroom fixtures down with it! From faucets to the sink, this will leave all of them looking great. It’s a handy substitute if you have run out of bathroom cleaners.
After scrubbing your bathroom fixtures down thoroughly, buff away with a dry cloth until it is shiny! Say goodbye to limescale buildup with this easy hack! It’ll also save you money because a little toothpaste goes a long way.
Clean Your White Sneakers
Toothpaste isn’t just great for ridding smells from your shoes, it can be used for removing stains from your dirty sneakers too. Apply some non-gel white toothpaste to an old toothbrush you are no longer using and scrub your shoes with it in a circular motion.
Let the toothpaste sit on the shoes for 10 minutes before cleaning it with a wet sponge or damp towel. You may have to repeat this process a few times for the dirty spots to be completely gone.