Saturday, April 25, 2015

Adventures in Toothpaste

June 1, 2010 by  
Filed under living green

The other morning I mistakenly picked up a tube of toothpaste believing it was my facial cleanser.  You can imagine my surprise after the extra tingly sensation of Arm & Hammer Peroxide Toothpaste.

So it was all the more laughable (and slightly redeeming) when I read an article on eco-friendly ways of using toothpaste, especially given I am constantly trying to figure out the whole “living green” thing.

According BlissTree (via Care2), there are several ways to save the earth with your toothpaste including:

1. Put a drop of toothpaste on a bug bite, sore, or blister to stop itching and decrease swelling. It will dry the blemish out, and make it heal faster.

2. If you burn yourself on a cookie sheet or anything else that results in  a minor (unopened) burn, apply toothpaste delicately to the burn after it develops. The toothpaste will cool the sting and stop the burn from opening or oozing.

3. Before you start squeezing that pimple on your forehead, put a tiny bit of toothpaste on the blemish right before bed, then wash it off in the morning. It’ll dry it up in no time.

4. Start brushing your fingernails, too. Since our teeth and nails are both made of enamel, it makes sense that toothpaste would clean, shine, and strengthen our nails. Just scrub the top and undersides of nails with a toothbrush and paste.

5. Out of hair gel and late for work? You can use gel toothpaste as a stand in. They’re both made out of the same water-soluble polymers.

6. Cooking with garlic, fish, or onions sometimes results in seriously stinky hands. Scrub them with toothpaste to get rid of the odor.

I’m going with #1.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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