how to get rid of toothpaste stains on clothes

How to get rid of toothpaste stains on clothes – even delicates

It’s late, you’re sleepy, you’ve just snuggled up under the covers … and then you see them: milky white toothpaste stains on your best silk pyjamas. Time to get up. 

If you’re struggling to keep your eyes open long enough to get changed, let alone do the laundry, don’t worry. Here’s how to get rid of toothpaste stains fast, so you can get back to your beauty sleep as soon as possible.


How to get rid of toothpaste stains on clothes

Top tip: Toothpaste stain removal gets tougher the longer the paste has to dry – and some whitening toothpastes contain ingredients that can bleach the fabric underneath the stain. So act fast!

Ready? Here’s how to remove toothpaste stains:

  1. Remove any wet toothpaste with a clean, damp cloth. If the toothpaste stain is dry, gently scrape off as much as you can with a piece of card or the back of a spoon. Then dab the area with a damp cloth to flush out as much of the paste as possible.
  2. Use Surf excel Liquid as a pre-treatment. If you’re trying to remove toothpaste from a delicate garment, like a silk shirt or woolly jumper, use a detergent that is designed specifically for these fabrics instead. Use the Scrubber Cap or a clean, unused toothbrush to gently work your chosen detergent into the toothpaste stain. 
  3. Wash according to the care label instructions. If the garment can be machine washed, go ahead and put it in the drum with a suitable detergent. Remember that delicates need to be washed on the ‘hand wash’, ‘wool’, or ‘delicates’ setting to keep them safe.

    If you’re washing your garment by hand, simply soak the item in a basin of lukewarm water and your chosen detergent for half an hour before rinsing thoroughly. Check the packaging to find the correct dosage.
  4. Squeeze out any remaining water – gently – then dry naturally. Roll the garment up in a clean towel and press down to push out excess water. Then check the garment. If there are any marks left, repeat the toothpaste stain removal steps above. If not, go ahead and dry the garment naturally. 


Top tip: Check the care label on your garment before you start the toothpaste stain removal process. If the item is ‘dry clean only’, take it to a professional.

Now that you know how to remove toothpaste stains, you can handle those late-night spills in no time. Reward yourself with a good night’s sleep.