How to Use Toothpaste to Clean Leather Car Seats

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Leather car seats are a luxurious way to show off your style and class, but they can also be the hardest to clean. Especially stubborn dirt and stains on the leather.

Over time, stains, dirt, and grime from driving around can build up on your leather car seat and make it look worn out and old. 

Luckily, there’s an easy solution: toothpaste

It might sound like a strange choice for cleaning such an expensive item, but it works wonders in removing stains from leather car seats. Plus, it’s cheap—you probably already have some at home right now! 

Here’s how you can use toothpaste as a cleaning product for your leather car seat. 

Let’s begin.

What You’ll Need:

  • Non-gel toothpaste
  • Rags and cloth
  • Sponge
  • Bucket of water
  • A soft brush (optional)


  1. Remove the seat covers and clean them with a damp cloth, being careful not to get any moisture in the leather itself.
  2. Dry off the leather with a towel, being sure that there is no excess moisture on it before proceeding with step 3.
  3. Apply toothpaste to stains, scuffs, and dirty parts of the leather using your finger or a soft brush until it’s well-coated.
  4. Rub said toothpaste into the affected areas until they’re cleansed of all dirt and grime. 
  5. Rinse out any remaining residue by wiping down everything with a wet towel again afterward—you might have to repeat this process several times depending on how dirty your car seats are.
  6. Use a dry cloth to wipe your car seats dry.

Why Use Toothpaste for Cleaning Leather Car Seats?

Toothpaste is an effective leather cleaner. It contains gentle abrasives that can remove stains and scuff marks from the leather’s surface. 

It’s also an inexpensive and easy-to-use product that’s got a ton of other uses than just cleaning your teeth. 

You can even use toothpaste for cleaning metal objects like golf clubs. 

See my article on How to Clean Golf Clubs with Toothpaste to learn more.

How Often Should you Clean Your Leather Car Seats?

The frequency of cleaning depends on how often you use your car. If you drive every day and live in a city, you might need to clean it once a week. 

If you are an occasional driver who only uses the car for weekend drives, then it may be necessary to clean your seat once every other week or even less frequently than that.

If there is no way for you to avoid getting dirt and grime on the seats of your vehicle, then weekly cleaning should be considered mandatory—but if this seems too infrequent, then try cleaning them twice a week instead. 

What Kind of Toothpaste Should I Use to Clean Leather Car Seats?

I found that using plain non-gel white toothpaste works well and is safe for cleaning leather car seats. 

Avoid using whitening toothpaste as it could damage leather.


If you have leather seats in your car and want to clean them, then there’s no better way than using toothpaste! 

This simple cleaner works great on all kinds of stains: grease, dirt, ketchup, and more. 

I hope you give this method of cleaning a try.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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