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Remove crayon and markers stains, polish copper and jewelry with toothpaste. Seriously, it works!

By Alexis Rochester

Did you know there are many things around your home you can and should clean with toothpaste?

It’s true! Toothpaste has a unique composition of ingredients to polish your teeth, but it can also polish and clean certain things around your home really well.

The key to why this works is the ingredients. Toothpaste has a combination of gentle abrasives to gently scrub and polish surfaces.

The best kind to use for these tips is regular white toothpaste, avoid the gel textured paste.

How to Clean & Polish Copper with Toothpaste

One of my favorite ways to use toothpaste around the house is for polishing copper.

  1. Dab some toothpaste onto the copper.

  2. Scrub with a soft toothbrush in a circular motion.

  3. Rub in small circular motions with a soft microfiber cloth.

  4. Rinse with hot water.

  5. Wipe dry.

You can see a picture of this in our post on Chemistry Cachet. It is amazing the tarnish it removes from copper surfaces!

Remove Marker

Every parent needs to know this! Toothpaste removes marker from wood, stone, walls and other hard surfaces. All you need to do is squeeze some toothpaste onto the area, then with a damp cloth rub in a circular motion until toothpaste is gone. The marker should be removed by then!

Remove Crayon

Toothpaste is also fantastic for removing crayon from hard surfaces. Use the same method as above and the crayon disappears quickly! Toothpaste is also safe for all hard surfaces, so you don’t have to worry about damaging anything.

Clean Silver Jewelry

Just like the copper tip, silver does great with toothpaste. To clean silver jewelry, add a very small drop of toothpaste to the piece, then with a soft toothbrush or microfiber cloth, rub it around well. Rinse in hot water, then dry with a soft cloth.

Clean Hair Accessories

My favorite way to use toothpaste is for hair accessories. My brush, curling iron, and straightener can all get buildup from hair products. Since I am already in the bathroom, I just add a drop of toothpaste to the item, scrub with an old toothbrush, then rinse. It makes the surfaces clean and shiny.

You can also use toothpaste to clean your bathroom and shower door, read more about that here!

Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger, and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening, and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband, and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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