Who hasn’t had the experience of brushing their teeth just before leaving the house and suddenly, in a hurry, a little toothpaste ruins our shirt?
A very striking type of stain that one instinctively tends to wet with water to make it disappear, but it is easy that even this stain tends to reappear when it dries. A very common situation in most French homes. But did you know that if you don’t properly remove these types of toothpaste stains from your clothes, you could stain your clothes forever? This is one of the main reasons why we encourage you to try the cleaning tip that we are going to detail below to effectively, quickly and easily clean your toothpaste stains on clothes. Take note.
Speed is the key to removing recent toothpaste stains
When it comes to removing toothpaste stains from clothes, speed is key. The more time passes before tackling the stain, the more difficult it will be to remove it completely. The first step is to remove the stained item of clothing so that you can treat it comfortably without running the risk of soiling other items of clothing.
Two possible scenarios: Fresh stain and dried stain
– Fresh stain: If you notice the stain while it is still wet, the first step is to remove the remaining toothpaste with a spoon. Avoid using a rag, as it may spread the stain instead of removing it. Once you have removed as much toothpaste as possible, take a clean cloth and dampen it under the tap. Be sure to wring it out well so it is slightly damp and wipe it on both sides of the affected fabric, rinsing repeatedly until the stain is completely gone. It is important to change the area of the cloth you use to avoid reintroducing removed residue. Finally, use a hair dryer to remove any residual moisture. This process usually only takes a few minutes.
– Dried stain: If the toothpaste stain has dried on the fabric, you can still successfully fix it. In some cases, the fact that the stain is dry can be an advantage, as it can often be removed by simply rubbing the stain with a dry cloth to loosen any dried residue. If the dried stain contains solid remains of toothpaste, it is advisable to remove them completely. You can do this by shaking the garment, using a clean, dry cloth or even a spoon, being careful not to damage the fabric. Once you have removed as much of the dried paste as possible, you can dampen the area with a slightly damp cloth, both inside and outside of the garment. Rinse several times to ensure no visible residue remains and use a hair dryer to remove any remaining moisture. It usually only takes a few minutes.
How to remove toothpaste stains from clothes
But what if these two methods for cleaning dried or fresh toothpaste stains don’t work? This is when one of the tricks that can become your favorite ally to eliminate them comes into play. An effective and quick remedy that you can use both with recent toothpaste stains and with others on which more time has passed.
- White vinegar
- Clean clothing
- Soft toothbrush
Steps to follow:
1. Preparation of the solution: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a container. For example, you can use one cup of vinegar and one cup of water. This gentle solution is effective in removing toothpaste stains without damaging the fabric.
2. Application to the stain: Pour the solution directly onto the toothpaste stain. If the stain is fresh, you can start gently rubbing the affected area with a clean cloth using circular motions. If the stain is dry, you can let the solution sit for a few minutes before rubbing it in.
3. Scrub gently: Use a clean cloth or soft toothbrush to scrub the stain using gentle circular motions. This will help loosen and remove toothpaste and any residue left on the fabric.
4. Rinse and Check: After scrubbing the stain, rinse the area with cold water to remove any residue from the vinegar solution. Then check to see if the stain has been completely removed.
5. Normal washing: If the stain persists, repeat the process before continuing with the normal washing of the garment. Make sure the stain is completely removed before drying the garment, as heat can set stains.
Other useful tips for removing toothpaste stains
Below we offer you other options that can also help you permanently clean these types of stains from clothes:
– Baking soda: Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the stain. Rub gently then rinse with cold water.
– Liquid detergent: Apply liquid detergent directly to the stain, rub gently, then wash the item as usual.
– Dishwashing liquid: Dishwashing liquid can be effective in removing toothpaste stains. Apply a small amount to the stain, rub and rinse with cold water.
– Aspirin: Crush an aspirin and mix it with water to form a paste. Apply this paste to the stain, leave for a few minutes then rinse.
– Isopropyl alcohol: Apply isopropyl alcohol to the stain and rub gently. Then rinse with cold water.
– Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice can help remove toothpaste stains. Squeeze the juice of a lemon onto the stain, rub gently and rinse.
– Gel toothpaste: If you have another type of toothpaste (gel), you can apply a small amount to the stain, rub, then rinse.
– Milk: Soak the garment in milk for a few hours before washing. Milk can help loosen and remove the stain.
– Water dabbing: If you don’t have access to any of the above right away, you can simply rinse the stain with cold water as soon as possible to remove as much toothpaste as possible before treating it further .
I was an intern at the editorial office. When I saw their ad for a freelancer, I decided to come back. I’m a fan of series and movies, I spend my weekends at the cinema and my nights in front of Netflix