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How to Get Dried Toothpaste Off Clothing

Angela LaFollette

Brushing your teeth quickly in the morning can cause an unexpected trickle of toothpaste to land on your shirt before you head out the door. Wiping the toothpaste off with a washcloth can actually make the stain worse.

Toothpaste leaves behind an unsightly white and crusty stain on clothing, which can become permanent if you do not treat it properly. Treat toothpaste stains before you throw the clothes in the washer to keep the fabric stain-free.

  1. Scrape the toothpaste off the clothing with a dull butter knife before you treat the stain. Remove as much of the excess toothpaste as possible without spreading it across the surface of the fabric so that you can treat the stain directly.

  2. Pour rubbing alcohol onto a sponge to dampen it. Blot the toothpaste stain from the center out to the edge. Avoid rubbing or pressing down too hard because you can cause the stain to become worse.

  3. Combine 1/2 tsp. mild liquid dishwashing soap with 1 tbsp. white vinegar. Add the solution to 1 qt. warm water and soak the clothing in the solution for 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. Remove the clothing from the warm water solution. If the toothpaste stain remains, soak it in a solution that consists of 1 tbsp.of a commercial presoak product and 1 quart warm water. Leave the clothing in the solution for 30 minutes.

  5. Apply a prewash stain remover directly to the toothpaste stain if you have difficulty removing it. Follow the directions on the prewash before you apply it to the stain.

  6. Tip

    Add oxygen bleach for colors or chlorine bleach for whites to the laundry for stubborn toothpaste stains.


    Test a cleaning solution on small inconspicuous areas before treating the toothpaste stain to ensure that it does not ruin the fabric.