How to Remove Ink from Hands Using Toothpaste

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Who knew toothpaste could be used in so many ways? As it turns out, toothpaste is not just great for teeth cleaning. 

It can also help remove dye from your skin! To find out how to use toothpaste to remove dye from the skin, read on.

What You’ll Need:

  • Toothpaste
  • Water
  • Scrubbing pad 
  • a towel


  1. Get the ink stain wet with water so that it doesn’t set. Fresh ink stains are much easier to remove.
  2. Rub the toothpaste into the area where there’s an ink stain on your skin until all of it has disappeared. If you have any leftover toothpaste on your hands after rubbing away all of the stains then wash them off with soap and warm water.
  3. If there’s still ink left after doing step 2, apply toothpaste on the stain and let sit for about 2-3 minutes before rubbing the remaining ink off then rinsing your hands under running water. 
  4. Use a towel to dry your hands.

Skin Conditions to Consider

  • If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test before using the toothpaste. Toothpaste can be abrasive, so if your skin is prone to irritation or redness, it’s best to take precautions and avoid using the product altogether until you know that it won’t cause any problems for you.
  • If you have open wounds or cuts on your body where dye may potentially land (like around your wrists), don’t use toothpaste as an exfoliant because it might sting when applied to already tender areas of the body.
  • For those with dry skin or eczema or other similar skin conditions, do not use this method. Most toothpastes contain abrasive ingredients. These can cause flare-ups or worsen existing skin conditions. 

Why Toothpaste Works at Removing Ink Stains from Skin?

Because toothpaste is made of ingredients that are gentle on the skin and effective at removing ink stains, it can also be used to remove dye from the skin. 

Toothpaste contains mild abrasives, such as baking soda, which help to gently remove dye from your skin. 

What Kinds of Toothpaste to Use

Whitening toothpaste is formulated to remove stains from your teeth, so they’re the best choice. 

Gel toothpaste is also a good option for removing ink stains because they contain abrasive particles that break up and wash away the stain. If you use gel toothpaste to remove dye from the skin, be sure to follow up with a skin-friendly moisturizer after rinsing as gels tend to be drying.

For really tough ink stains, use toothpaste with baking soda. The abrasiveness of baking soda will make it easier to clean off the ink from your hands.

Here’s an article on How to Remove Ink Stains from Hands Naturally (With Baking Soda).  


If you’re looking for an easy way to remove dye from your skin, I think toothpaste is a great option. 

It works really well and it’s safe. The best part is that you probably already have everything you need at home in order to try this. 

I hope you give this cleaning hack a try.

Thanks for dropping by.

-Baking Soda Guy

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