How to Use Toothpaste to Fill Holes

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If you have a hole in your wall, you might think that the only way to fill it is with some kind of plaster or silicone. But I’ve got a better idea: toothpaste! 

Yes, you heard me right. Toothpaste can actually be used as an inexpensive filler in small holes and cracks.

In this article, we’ll go over the things you’ll need, the steps to follow, and why you might want to consider using toothpaste to fill holes.

Let’s get started.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Toothpaste (non-gel variety)
  • Water
  • A clean, soft cloth
  • A putty knife or scraper 
  • Sandpaper (optional)


  1. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto a clean, soft cloth.
  2. Wet the hole with a small amount of water.
  3. Rub the toothpaste into the hole using circular motions.
  4. Use a putty knife or scraper to smooth the surface of the toothpaste.
  5. Allow the toothpaste to dry for at least an hour.
  6. Use sandpaper on the surface of the toothpaste to smooth it out and make it flush with the surrounding surface.
  7. Wipe away any excess toothpaste or sanding dust with a clean, dry cloth.

Why Use Toothpaste?

Toothpaste can be used as a temporary filler for small holes in household items because it is a thick, pasty substance that can be easily smoothed into a hole and will hold its shape as it dries. 

It is not a permanent solution, as it is not as strong as other fillers such as spackling paste or wood filler, but it can be a quick and convenient option for filling small holes in a pinch.

Toothpaste is also relatively easy to find and inexpensive, making it a convenient option for filling holes. It is also easy to use, as it can be applied directly from the tube and smoothed into the hole with a putty knife or scraper.

Keep in mind that toothpaste is not suitable for filling large or structural holes, as it is not a strong enough material to support the weight of heavy objects or withstand significant wear and tear. It is best used for filling small holes in household items that will not be subjected to heavy use.


Toothpaste may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about filling holes, but it can be a quick and easy solution for small holes in household items. 

While it may not be suitable for filling large or structural holes, it can be a convenient option for filling small holes in furniture or walls. With a little bit of toothpaste, you can fill holes and make your household items look good as new.

If you’re looking for more DIY use of toothpaste, see my article on How to Use Toothpaste to Clean Glass Windows.   

Thanks for reading my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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