How to Clean Your Phone Screen with Toothpaste

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Many people assume that their phone screen requires expensive tools and products to retain its look.

But you can make your screen look brand new again with a few household items, like toothpaste!

This guide will walk you through how to clean a phone screen with toothpaste and some other tips.

Let’s begin.

What You’ll Need:

  • Toothpaste
  • Microfiber cloth or any soft cloth
  • Water
  • Cotton swab


  1. Apply toothpaste to a cotton swab.
  2. Rub onto the screen.
  3. Wipe off excess toothpaste with a damp cloth.
  4. Dry your phone.
  5. Repeat as necessary.

Can Toothpaste Damage a Phone Screen?

The truth is, if you’re not careful, toothpaste can damage your phone screen. 

If you use the wrong kind of toothpaste, too much of it, or scrub too hard with a dirty toothbrush, you will leave scratches on your phone’s surface.

However, there are some precautions that you can take to make sure your device remains intact while cleaning it with toothpaste:

Use non-abrasive toothpaste. Avoid any kinds that contain grit or have a gritty texture.

Don’t use too much paste when applying it to your screen. A small drop is just what you need to get rid of those pesky smudges and scratches without damaging the glass surface.

Be gentle! Don’t press down forcefully while scrubbing away at those spots; rather wipe gently in circles until everything comes off easily (usually after about 20 seconds).

Reasons to Use Toothpaste

If you want to safely clean your phone screen, toothpaste is one of the best solutions. It works well on any type of phone and even works on other types of screens like tablets and computer displays. 

The process is simple and quick, too. All it takes is a little bit of toothpaste on a clean cloth or paper towel to get your screen looking brand new again. And with how cheap toothpaste is, there’s no reason not to use it!

What Kind of Toothpaste to Use

You want to use a paste, not a gel. Avoid whitening toothpaste, as well. The abrasive ingredients in those kinds can do damage to your screen.

Toothpaste contains mild abrasives that can scratch the screen if you use too much pressure or if the brush is too rough. It’s best to avoid this with a non-abrasive toothpaste, but if you choose to use an abrasive one, make sure you are careful about how much pressure you put on your device and how soft or hard your cleaning rag is.

Since different phone screens react differently to abrasives, you must check your phone’s owner’s manual before trying this method of cleaning. You definitely don’t want to accidentally void the warranty on your phone by using the wrong toothpaste for cleaning! So be on the safe side and check with the manufacturer first.

5 Phone Screen Maintenance Tips

While the best screen cleaning is prevention, it can be tough to keep your phone looking fresh. Here are some tips you’ll want to keep in mind when trying to maintain your device:

  • Avoid wearing rings or any jewelry that is overly sharp or abrasive.
  • When you sit down, take your phone out of your pocket so that things in your pocket, such as keys and pens, don’t damage your phone’s screen. Better yet, put your phone in your bag if you carry one.
  • Use a phone case/cover
  • Get a screen protector
  • When cleaning the screen, make sure not to press too hard and damage it (this could also cause scratches).


So, there you have it! Cleaning your phone screen with toothpaste isn’t as complicated or dangerous as it may sound. 

Aesthetically, the result is a delight—your phone will look brand new after just one use of this method. This technique is also less expensive than buying specialized items like screen cleaners or replacing your screens, making it a fantastic way to save time and money while still getting the best out of your phone.

If your phone’s display has suffered any major damage, toothpaste may not be sufficient to fix the problem. However, if that’s not the case, we hope you’ll try out this simple DIY solution for yourself!

If you want to know more DIY cleaning tips, check out my article on how to clean your phone case with baking soda.

Thank you for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy

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