How to Get Toothpaste Out of a Sweater


Toothpaste is a common oral heath care product used to freshen breath and remove plaque from teeth. It consists of polishing abrasives, binding agents and colorings that can leave stains on fabrics. Chalky toothpaste stains can make beautiful sweaters visibly unappealing. Toothpaste becomes more embedded in fabric and yarn fibers the longer it remains on sweaters. Promptly remove toothpaste from sweaters to restore their aesthetic appeal. Get toothpaste out of a sweater using certain supplies and techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bowl
  • 1 qt. lukewarm water
  • 1/2 tsp. liquid dish soap
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 3 cotton cloths
  • Warm water
  • Pretreatment stain remover
  • Towel
  • Fill a plastic bowl with 1 qt. of lukewarm water, 1/2 tsp. of liquid dish soap and 1 tbsp. of white vinegar. Thoroughly mix the solution.

  • Moisten a cotton cloth in the solution. Blot the toothpaste with the moistened cloth until the solution is completely absorbed. Always use a clean portion of the cloth to prevent reapplying toothpaste to the sweater.

  • Dampen another cotton cloth with warm water. Blot the sweater with the damp cloth to rinse out the solution.

  • Inspect the sweater for remaining stains from the toothpaste. If stains persist, apply pretreatment stain remover directly to the sweater. Follow the product manufacturer's directions.

  • Dampen another cotton cloth with warm water. Blot the sweater with the damp cloth to rinse out the pretreatment stain remover.

  • Blot the sweater with a towel until completely dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can substitute an enzyme presoak product for the pretreatment stain remover. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Test the solution and pretreatment stain remover on an inconspicuous portion of the sweater to prevent discoloration.

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