How to Use Toothpaste to Clean Dirt and Other Stains Off Your Shirt

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If you’ve ever spilled something on your shirt, you know that cleaning it off is no easy task. 

Most stains require some kind of special treatment, but there’s one household item that can help with almost any kind of dirt: toothpaste!

In this article, I’ll show you how to clean your shirts with toothpaste.

Let’s begin.

What You’ll Need:

  • Toothpaste (plain white works best)
  • A toothbrush or sponge
  • Running water


  1. Apply the toothpaste to the stain. If you’re using gel toothpaste with color, test on a small spot first to make sure it doesn’t stain the shirt.
  2.  Rub the toothpaste in with a toothbrush or sponge. Splash a bit of water to make foam. Keep scrubbing until the stain is gone.
  3. Rinse the shirt under running water until all the toothpaste residue is removed.
  4. Launder the shirt as usual.

Why Use Toothpaste?

Toothpaste is a surprisingly effective cleaning tool. It’s a mild abrasive, which means it can scrub away grime and soil from clothing. 

It’s also an excellent detergent and stain remover, and when used in combination with water it acts as a stain lifter to help remove stains from your shirt.

The key to using toothpaste to clean your shirt is understanding what ingredients in toothpaste make it so effective at removing stains. 

Toothpaste contains several different types of ingredients that give it its cleaning properties: abrasives, detergents, stain removers, and whiteners (to name a few).

What Stains Can You Remove with Toothpaste?

You can use toothpaste to clean different kinds of stains from your shirt. Try it on the following:

  • Dirt
  • Grease and oil
  • Makeup, such as lipstick or eye makeup
  • Wine, coffee, tea, and other beverages that have stained your clothes
  • Ketchup, mustard, and other food stains


Hopefully, I’ve helped you figure out how to use toothpaste to clean stains off your shirt. 

It’s a simple and inexpensive solution that requires little effort on your part and is much safer than using abrasive cleaners that may damage your clothing. 

There are many stains that are easily removed with this method too—just remember to test an inconspicuous area of fabric first before proceeding with full-blown cleaning!

Did you know toothpaste has many cleaning uses? See my articles on How to Use Toothpaste to Clean Rusty Faucets and How to Use Toothpaste to Clean White Shoes.

Thanks for reading my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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