How to Clean Shoes with Toothpaste

Toothpaste isn’t just for cleaning your teeth – it can also be used to clean your dirty shoes. Toothpaste has gentle abrasives that are effective at removing dirt and stains from shoes.

Whether it’s a scuff mark on a patent leather pump or a stain on canvas shoes, there’s no need to panic; toothpaste can usually do the trick.

Toothpaste can be safely used on leather and fabric shoes and it is a great product for cleaning white shoes. However, toothpaste should not be used on suede or nubuck.

This blog post will show you how to clean your leather and fabric shoes with toothpaste, so they look good as new.

Materials Required

  1. White toothpaste
  2. An old toothbrush
  3. A soft bristle brush
  4. A damp cloth or damp towel
  5. Microfiber cloth
  6. Water
  7. Liquid dish soap (you can use the one at your house or purchase it from the local supermarket)
  8. Spray bottle


Before you start cleaning your shoes with toothpaste, it’s essential to take a few precautions.

  1. Only use non-gel white toothpaste. Colored, or gel toothpaste can stain your shoes.
  2. Make sure to test the toothpaste on an inconspicuous area of the shoe to ensure it doesn’t damage the material.
  3. Do not use toothpaste on suede or nubuck shoes as it will damage the leather.


  1. Take off the laces and insoles of the shoes before cleaning your dirty shoes. Put the laces in a mesh bag and wash them in the washing machine.


Cleaning Leather Shoes

List of five methods on how to clean leather shoes with toothpaste.
  1. Gently but properly brush off loose dirt or mud from your shoes with a soft bristle brush or a cotton rag.
  2. Using a damp rag, wipe the entire shoe to eliminate leftover dirt. Make sure the rag is slightly damp but not sopping wet. Too much moisture can damage the leather.
  3. Put a small amount of white toothpaste on the scuff marks. Gently massage the toothpaste into the leather with your finger.
  4. Take a damp cloth and wipe away the toothpaste. Make sure to get all of the toothpaste off the shoes.
  5. After removing all the toothpaste, wipe your shoes with a clean and dry microfiber cloth. Once your shoes are completely dry, you can wear them or store them.

This method can be used on leather, patent leather, and synthetic leather.

You can repeat the process if you are not satisfied with the result. You can end by applying a leather conditioner. Leather conditioners keep your leather shoes looking shiny and new.

Cleaning Fabric Shoes

List of nine methods on how to clean fabric shoes with toothpaste
  1. Gently brush off loose dirt or mud from your shoes with an old toothbrush.
  2. Take a small quantity of toothpaste on your old toothbrush. Do not take too much toothpaste. A pea-sized quantity is enough.
  3. Scrub your stained shoes with an old toothbrush in circular motions. Focus on the areas that are stained or dirty. You can put a little pressure while scrubbing the tougher stains. However, don’t scrub too hard as you might damage the material. Scrub the soles of your shoes as well.
  4. Leave the toothpaste on your shoes for about ten minutes to allow it to work its magic.
  5. Take a damp towel and wipe away the toothpaste from the shoes. Try to remove as much toothpaste as you can. Use as much pressure as you like while wiping the shoes.
  6. Mix five parts of water and one part of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Make sure to use a clean spray bottle. You can use an old spray bottle but clean it before use.
  7. Take a clean cloth and spray it with the soap and water solution. Wipe the entire shoe using this cloth.
  8. Dry your shoes with a dry cloth to remove soap and water.
  9. Let the shoes air dry.

This method can clean canvas, mesh, nylon, and other fabric shoes. You can use this method to clean white and dark-colored shoes.

Repeat this process if you are not satisfied with the result the first time.

If your fabric shoes are extra dirty, you can wash them after cleaning them with toothpaste.

Fill a bucket or sink with cold water. Add a teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Soak the shoes in the water for 10 to 15 minutes. Gently scrub the shoes with a soft bristle brush. Rinse the shoes with cool water and let them air dry.


That’s it! Now you now know how to clean shoes with toothpaste. Cleaning your shoes with toothpaste is an easy and effective way to remove stains, scuff marks, and dirty spots. Ensure you follow the steps correctly and take the required precautions.

Test the toothpaste on an inconspicuous shoe area to ensure it doesn’t damage the material. Do not use too much toothpaste as it may damage the shoes. Lastly, always use white toothpaste as gel toothpaste can stain the shoes.

So next time your shoes need some TLC, don’t reach for the expensive cleaning products. Just grab a tube of toothpaste and give it a try.

With a little effort, you can have your shoes looking new in no time!

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