How to Remove Toothpaste from Clothing


Sally asked: How do I remove toothpaste from clothing? I got a spot of toothpaste on the lapel of my suit coat. When I went it, the water dries and the spot remains. I really don’t want to take the jacket to the dry cleaners for this tiny spot. The fabric is 85% polyester and 15% rayon. How can I get the spot out?

Many toothpastes contain titanium dioxide powder which is what makes them white. When it gets on clothing, it is impossible to dissolve without the presence of a detergent. This is why it comes out easily in the washing machine, but not when you blot it with a wet cloth. Fortunately, if you can clean the spot a little more thoroughly, it can be removed without laundering the entire piece.

You Will Need:

  • Mild laundry detergent
  • Soft cloths
  • Water
  • Stain treatment

Steps to Remove the Toothpaste:

  1. Moisten a soft cloth with water and blot the stained area.
  2. Mix a few drops of laundry detergent with a cup of water. (Stain remover can be used in place of the laundry detergent.)
  3. Dip the cloth in the sudsy water and gently blot/scrub the toothpaste area.
  4. Once the detergent penetrates the toothpaste stain, it should release and be removed.
  5. Blot with water to rinse.
  6. Allow the spot to dry.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • If the clothing piece is dry clean only, do not use water or it will leave a spot. There are dry cleaning stain removal products available by Dryel that can be used on these pieces.
  • If the piece can easily be placed in the washing machine and washed, that will provide the easiest removal method.
  • If you are unsure of how the material will react to the cleaning product, test a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure there are no adverse reactions with the fabric.


  1. How do you remove toothpaste from the bristles of a hairbrush?

  2. I am pregnant, and have twice dripped toothpaste onto my clothing (as my belly keeps getting in the way). I have washed both pieces of clothing, and the spot still remains after washing with the process of detergent, stain remover, and soaking several times. I am now at a complete loss as to how to dissolve these stains. Any further tips?

  3. When toothpaste gets on clothes, wash the clothes with cool water and detergent powder.

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