How to Use Toothpaste to Clean Rusty Faucets


If you’re the kind of person who can’t clean your faucets without leaving streaks, or if you’re looking for a way to keep your faucets sparkling without having to buy expensive cleaners, then this is the article for you! 

Today we’re going to look at how toothpaste can be used as an effective cleaning product for your faucets.

Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • Toothpaste
  • Old toothbrush or cloth
  • Water 
  • Paper towels


  1. Use a toothbrush or cloth to apply the toothpaste to the faucet.
  2. Let the toothpaste sit for three minutes. 
  3. Use a brush or cloth to scrub the faucet. Focus on the dirty and rusty parts. 
  4. Rinse it off with water. If there’s still rust or stains left, repeat steps 2-3.
  5. Dry the faucet with a cloth or towel, and you’re done!

Why Toothpaste is Great for Removing Rust From Your Faucet

So, why does toothpaste work so well at removing rust from your faucet? 

Well, it’s abrasive. Most brands of toothpaste contain aluminum oxide, calcium pyrophosphate, and/or even silica that help remove rust and other mineral deposits. 

Some whitening toothpaste even has baking soda, another abrasive cleaning agent. You can even clean your faucet with it. 

See my article on How to Clean a Rusty Faucet with Baking Soda to learn more.

How Often Should you Clean Your Faucet?

Faucets should be cleaned at least once every two weeks since they serve as a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

You should also make sure to wipe the surface of your faucet with a dry cloth or paper towel every time it gets wet to prevent lime buildup and rust.

What Kinds of Faucet Can I Clean with Toothpaste?

If you have a faucet made of brass, copper, stainless steel, or zinc, then toothpaste is a great option for cleaning it.

If you have a nickel faucet (which is most likely in the bathroom), you’ll want to avoid using toothpaste because it can be too abrasive.


With all that said, now you know how to clean your rusty faucet with toothpaste! 

It’s easy and safe to use, but make sure you follow these steps carefully. 

You can also use this toothpaste to clean other things around the house like metal tools, jewelry, and even car headlights.

See my articles on How to Use Toothpaste to Clean Silver Jewelry and How to Clean Foggy Car Headlights with Toothpaste to know more.  

The best part is that it won’t cost much money because all you need is a tube of toothpaste and some water—and if there are already some leftovers lying around in your bathroom cabinet then even better!

Thank you for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy

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