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We know the wonders toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste can work on your teeth. But what about using these items on your bathroom floor or in your kitchen? The Chicago Dental Society surveyed nearly 200 of its members to gather helpful tips on how old or unused dental products can also serve as handy household tools.
The survey was conducted for the Chicago Dental Society's 140th annual Midwinter Meeting, which will bring more than 30,000 dental professionals to Chicago this February.
1) Cleaning silver and jewelry. Put a small amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush, scrub gently and you will have silver, fine jewelry and diamonds shining bright.
2) Detailing and cleaning small auto parts. Old toothbrushes are useful in the garage from shining chrome car wheels to cleaning spark plugs.
3) No sewing kit? Dental floss is a great alternative to sewing thread if you need to secure buttons. It's durable like thread and barely visible.
4) Taking the grime out of your bathroom. A little elbow grease and an old toothbrush can clean tile grout, shower corners and those other hard-to-reach spots.
5) Calling all chefs! If you need to slice soft, delicate foods like cheesecake or truss poultry before cooking, dental floss can serve as a versatile cutting and binding tool in the kitchen.
6) Taking care of your furry (and not-so-furry) friends. Use a toothbrush to brush small pets, like guinea pigs. Toothbrushes are also great for scrubbing turtle shells and aquariums.
7) Keep your bicycle looking new. The spokes on your bike and other small, hard-to-reach areas can be kept clean with an old toothbrush and some soap and water.
8) Rid your hands of the toughest odors. Use toothpaste to wash and freshen up your hands after smelly activities such as cooking with garlic or handling fish, which may leave unpleasant odors on your skin.
9) A shoe shine substitute. Use an old clean toothbrush coupled with shoe polish to keep your shoes looking good as new. Running shoes can also be cleaned with a toothbrush and cleaning solution.
10) O Christmas tree. Dental floss, especially if colored green, is perfect for hanging Christmas ornaments on your tree (and blends in nicely).
A tradition of working for the dental profession. The Chicago Dental Society was organized in 1864 and incorporated in 1878. The objective of the Chicago Dental Society is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the intrest of the members of the profession and the public that it serves.
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