How Do I Use Toothpaste for Stain Removal?

Using toothpaste for stain removal can be appropriate in the kitchen for tea stains.
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Using toothpaste for stain removal is popular because it is a versatile cleaning agent suitable for cleaning stains off walls, carpets and a lot of items in between. Containing both abrasive agents and bleaching power, toothpaste is able to cut through grimy, built-up stains on a variety of surfaces, including piano keys and chrome sink fixtures. Jewelry and shoes can also be spruced up with some toothpaste and some elbow grease. Before using toothpaste on a stain, it is best to make sure it is not going to damage the stained item by testing it on an inconspicuous spot, if possible.

Stains on fabrics can often be removed by simply scrubbing the area with toothpaste and a damp rag. A dab of toothpaste on a damp cloth can be used to scrub crayon off of a wall. After scrubbing, the wall should be wiped with a clean, damp cloth. For cleaning the rubber soles on shoes and stains on carpet, toothpaste can be applied to a firm bristle brush and then rubbed onto the offending spot until it is gone. A damp cloth should also be used afterward to remove any dirt or toothpaste residue.


A variety of items with stains can often be brought back to like-new condition by using toothpaste for stain removal. Ivory piano keys can benefit from the whitening power of toothpaste. A toothpaste-loaded toothbrush can be used to gently scrub the grime off the top of the keys. The cleaning should be followed up with a damp cloth to remove any remnants of toothpaste.

Many metal items can often benefit from using toothpaste for stain removal. When the bottom of an iron becomes gunky, a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth is abrasive enough to cut through the black substance. To make chrome sink and tub fixtures shine, they can be rubbed with a soft cloth with a dab of toothpaste until the water stains are gone and they gleam. Metal jewelry and watch bands can also benefit from being rubbed using a dab of toothpaste on a soft rag. Once the shine is restored, the cleaning should be follow up with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue.

Using toothpaste for stain removal is also appropriate in the kitchen. Stubborn tea stains on cups can be removed with toothpaste, as can rust stains on plates and bowls. Toothpaste is also effective on some counter top stains as well.


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