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Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, but toothpaste can do more than clean your mouth and ensure a beautiful smile. You can use it to clean dirty specs too, says our frugal reader.

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There are several ways to clean an eyeglass lens, but I find that toothpaste is a great budget-friendly way to get the job done. Yes, that's right, the same stuff you use to clean your teeth also delivers sparkling glasses.

I learned about the wonders of toothpaste from my husband when I was having difficulty cleaning the spots off my glasses. He shared his toothpaste secret -- and I laughed at him. I thought he was joking, but sure enough it worked!

Go on and give it a try. First, make sure you're using regular (non-gel) white toothpaste. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of paste onto a soft cloth and rub gently on your moistened eyeglass lenses. Rinse off the lenses with water and wipe dry with a soft, clean lint-free cloth. The toothpaste can also be used to remove minor scratches from the lenses.

I don't like buying new expensive glasses, so this tip has surely helped me prolong the life of my lenses.

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