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Wondering how to get rid of toothpaste stains on clothes that can’t just be tossed in the washing machine? We know how it’s done – find out here!

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The Ultimate Guide to Removing Toothpaste Stains From Delicate Fabrics

We’ve all done it: you’re just about to leave the house, catch a glance of yourself in the mirror, and there it is – a toothpaste stain. Your teeth are fresh and minty, and so is your jumper. Removing any kind of stain from a delicate fabric can be daunting, but once you know how to remove toothpaste from clothing gently, you’ll be able to take this particular problem in your stride. Then you can try the whole leaving-the-house thing again.


How to get toothpaste stains out of delicate fabrics

The key to effective toothpaste stain removal is to jump straight into action. This is especially true if you use a whitening toothpaste, which might contain bleaching agents that can really stain. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Gently remove any excess toothpaste with a clean, damp cloth. You can also use a spoon or blunt knife to lift the toothpaste away if the stain has already dried – then use the cloth to gently dampen the stain and remove as much residue as possible. 
  2. Apply a small amount of Persil Non-Bio Liquid to the toothpaste stain. Clothes that need a gentle touch, like woolly jumpers and silk shirts, aren’t likely to respond well to your standard biological detergent. Using something like an old, clean toothbrush, gently work the detergent into the stain. 
  3. Wash according to the instructions on the care label. If the garment is machine-washable, pop it into the washing machine on a delicate or hand wash cycle. If not, hand wash it: add Persil Silk & Wool to a bowl of lukewarm water and let the item of clothing soak for a little while before rinsing well. In both cases, check the pack for dosing information.
  4. Gently roll the garment up in a clean towel and press away excess water. Then check the stained area for any stubborn marks left behind. If you find any, repeat steps 2 to 4 again. If not, allow your garment to dry naturally.


Remember that these toothpaste stain removal tips may not cut it if you’re dealing with something that’s dry clean only. In cases like these, it’s best to consult a professional – they’ll be able to either tell you how to get the toothpaste stains out of your favourite jumper or give it the care it needs.

And that’s how to get rid of toothpaste stains on clothes – easy, right? Now even a toothpaste spill on a delicate garment is nothing to worry about, as long as you have Persil on hand.

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