How to Remove Dry Toothpaste From a Basin

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Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar

  • Lemon juice

  • Water

  • Toothbrush


The vinegar and lemon solution will etch marble and shouldn’t be used to clean marble sinks.

Toothpaste is unsightly and annoying when it's dried onto your sink surface. Dried toothpaste can seem like a challenge to remove, but it's easier than you think. Calcium stains can also be mistaken for toothpaste stains, but they're more diffuse, covering a larger area of the basin with a white film. They're removed in the same way as dried toothpaste and toothpaste stains. Different sink materials may require different approaches, but with a little water and elbow grease, you can remove the dried gunk and make your sink look as good as new.


Step 1

Mix a solution of 1 cup vinegar and 1 tbsp. lemon juice and pour it into a spray bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with warm water.

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Step 2

Thoroughly wet the dried toothpaste with the solution of vinegar and lemon juice. Both are mild acids and will begin to dissolve the toothpaste.

Step 3

Use an old toothbrush or a small scrub brush to scrub at the toothpaste, rinsing occasionally with clean water.

Step 4

Spray more of the vinegar solution whenever the toothpaste becomes dry.

Step 5

Rinse out the basin thoroughly.



Marion Sipe

Marion Sipe has been a freelance writer, poet and fantasy novelist since 2000. Her work appears in online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and eHow Home and Garden. Her fiction has been publish in Alienskin Magazine, Alternatives, and the Flash! anthology. Homeschooled, she spent her youth flitting around the country.