(TacticalNews.com) – Anyone who has ever suffered a toothache knows that good oral hygiene is a must, even in a disaster situation. Toothaches can be horrifically painful, and if left untreated, can lead to potentially fatal infections. Therefore, it makes sense to have a couple of tubes of toothpaste in reserve, just in case.
What many people don’t know, however, is that toothpaste is one of many household items that can serve more than one purpose. See for yourself below.
Poison Ivy: If you encounter poison ivy, you can use toothpaste to stop it in its tracks. We recommend using white toothpaste. The blue gooey toothpaste works well, too; it’s just messier and won’t dry like the white.
Bug Bites: You can also apply toothpaste to a bug bite to reduce swelling and stop any itching that may occur.
Skin Rashes: A simple way to stop rashes from itching is toothpaste. A small amount applied over the rash will dehydrate the area to make it heal faster.
Burns: You can use toothpaste to soothe some of the discomfort and pain accompanying first-degree burns.
Bruises: A simple application of toothpaste will see to it that your bruise goes away in no time.
If you haven’t figured out the pattern yet, we’ll let you in on the secret. Toothpaste is good at healing skin ailments. Thankfully, toothpaste is relatively cheap, and it doesn’t take much of it. Plus, you can keep your teeth nice and white!
Check out how another simple and common household item can help you in a survival situation.
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