How to Clean Walls Using Toothpaste

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If you have children, there is a good chance that you have at least one wall somewhere in your home with marks or stains on it. Maybe it’s because the youngsters like to draw on walls with crayons. Or maybe they decided to use markers instead of crayons. The end result is still the same: a stained wall.

But what do you do if you want to remove those stains? Most people turn to commercial cleaners, which can be expensive and often contain harsh chemicals that should not be around kids. 

This guide will take you through the simple process of using toothpaste to clean your dirty walls and remove stains such as crayons and markers from them without breaking the bank – or ruining your interior design with pungent chemicals.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • Toothpaste
  • Old toothbrush
  • A sponge
  • Clean cloth
  • Clean water
  • Bucket


  1. Wipe down your walls with a damp cloth or sponge to remove any dust or cobwebs.
  2. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto a damp sponge.
  3. Start at the top of the wall, and work your way down. Pay extra attention to the stain. Use a circular motion when wiping and brushing off the stain.
  4. Use a damp cloth to wipe while rinsing off the toothpaste.
  5. Dry with a towel.

What Kinds of Wall Stains Will Toothpaste Work On?

You can use toothpaste to clean the following types of wall stains:

  • Pen ink
  • Pencil marks
  • Crayon
  • Scuff marks
  • Dirt and other common wall stains

Why Use Toothpaste to Clean Walls?

Using toothpaste is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to clean walls. It’s a mild abrasive that you can use to clean away many different kinds of stains. People often have it in their homes already, so you don’t have to make a separate trip to the store for cleaning supplies.

Is Toothpaste Safe to Use on Walls?

Toothpaste is safe for use on most types of walls, but there are some exceptions. You should avoid using toothpaste on unfinished wood, wallpaper, or porous surfaces. These surfaces may be damaged by the chemical composition of toothpaste.


Using toothpaste to clean your walls is a no-brainer. It’s a safe and effective way to get rid of many kinds of wall-stains, such as those caused by pens or crayons. You can also use it to remove scuff marks and other dirt caused by everyday activities. The best part? Toothpaste is inexpensive—and can be found in most homes!

The next time you find yourself with a dirty wall, try out this method before you break out the cleaning supplies. You might just be surprised at how much you love it!

If you want to learn another method of cleaning walls, read my article on how to clean painted walls using baking soda.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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