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The secret to toothpaste stain removal

As parents, we know that all children are different. Different children enjoy different activities, but there is one thing that every kid seems to love – making a mess! It’s amazing how much mess little ones can make with just a toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, which is why it’s a good idea for us all to know how to get rid of toothpaste stains from clothes. So, the next time your little one comes out of the bathroom with a toothpaste stain all down the front of their school uniform, don’t panic! Just use Persil!  


Tackling a regular toothpaste stain

If your toothpaste is white in appearance, then it probably contains titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is an ingredient found in many toothpastes which helps to give it that fresh, white colour. You may find that water alone isn’t enough to completely remove white toothpaste stains on clothing caused by this ingredient. Thankfully, a powerful laundry detergent, like Persil small & mighty, can help you tackle those troublesome toothpaste stains – just follow these steps.

  • Using a blunt object like a spoon, carefully remove any excess toothpaste from the garment. Try and lift the toothpaste in an upwards direction to avoid spreading it.
  • Slightly dampen a clean cloth and gently blot the area to remove the toothpaste stain. Squeeze the cloth to allow just enough water out to help you blot the stain.
  • Removing toothpaste stains can be simple with Persil small & mighty. Apply a small amount and use the Stain Eraser Ball to work the detergent into the fabric.
  • Check the care labels on the clothing and wash according to the manufacturer's instructions. Allow clothes to dry naturally and repeat the process if necessary.

In some cases, especially if you use a natural toothpaste, water may be all you need for effective toothpaste stain removal. However, for those trickier stains, Persil is here to help. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the product label. For delicate items, it’s best to take the affected item to a professional dry cleaner.  


Whitening toothpaste stain removal

If you use a whitening toothpaste at home, you’ll need to know how to remove toothpaste stains caused by whitening ingredients. These toothpastes usually contain a mild bleaching agent, which could discolour dark or coloured clothing. The good news is that to remove toothpaste stains caused by whitening toothpastes, all you need to do is follow the same instructions as above – just try and tackle the stain as quickly as possible after brushing your teeth. The longer the stain is left, the more damage it can do.  


How to remove gel toothpaste stains on clothing

Gel toothpastes usually contain a dye to give them a colour, and this colourant can sometimes wreak havoc on white clothing. After following the general instructions above for how to remove a toothpaste stain and washing your clothes as normal, hang the items out in the sun to dry. The sun is great for gently, and naturally, bleaching white clothing and may help to remove any discolouration that’s occurred from a gel toothpaste stain.  

So there you have it. Next time your little ones have a mishap with the toothpaste, just remember that removing the stains is easy when you follow our instructions. Of course, it isn’t just toothpaste that kids can get in a mess with. Our stain removal section has advice on treating a variety of different stains so why not take a look and see what other great tips you can find?

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