Toothpaste isn’t just for brushing.

The recommended amount for toothpaste on a toothbrush is a pea. That’s all you need to get the job done for scrubbing your teeth. Of course, that means you will still have a lot of toothpaste left in the tube. You might be surprised to learn that the compounds that go into a typical toothpaste can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some alternate uses for your toothpaste you might want to try:

Cleaning Shoe Scuff

Leather shoes are always going to get scuffed up no matter how careful you are with walking. The next time a scuff shows up on the show, dab a dollop of toothpaste on the area and rub it with a soft fiber cloth. Then wipe clean with a damp cloth. Your scruff might be gone for good. You can also use toothpaste to brighten up white sneakers.

Cleaning Bottles

Do you have baby bottles or a thermos with a sour smell? Instead of washing out with dish soap that can leave a residue, try toothpaste. Squirt a little in, brush around and rinse. Fresh smelling and tasting!

Dry Out Pimples

This is a nice overnight hack when a pimple pops up on the face. The toothpaste needs to be of the non-whitening and non-gel variety. The toothpaste you put on before going to bed can absorb the oil on the skin and dehydrate the pimple. In the morning, wash clear.

Crayon Remover

A scrub brush and a tube of non-gel toothpaste can take aim at your child’s latest crayon “masterpiece” that they just drew on the wall. Apply the toothpaste directly to the graffiti and give it a good scrub. Wipe off with a damp cloth and it will look like the crayons were never there!

Remove Mug Stains

How much do you enjoy a bracing cup of coffee or tea? Very refreshing but those beverages can leave stains behind in your favorite mug. When that happens, apply toothpaste on the offending area and wash the mugs like normally would.

Brighten Diamonds

No need to take your diamond rings, necklaces or earrings to a jeweler for cleaning. Hold onto that old toothbrush and use it with your toothpaste to give that jewelry a fresh sparkle.

Remove Odors From Your Hands

After cooking with garlic, onion or fish you might have smelly hands. Rub a little toothpaste in your hands like you would with soap and wash off. No more smells.

Stop Itching

You might want to pack a tube of toothpaste for your next picnic. It can help stop a bug bite from itching or cool down a minor burn. Apply it like you would any lotion and let it works its magic.