Quick Tip: Clean Scratched Glass with Toothpaste

Over the weekend, I bought a new picture frame for our guest room, only to discover a small scratch in it once I got home. No matter — I had some toothpaste on hand and was able to get it out quickly using the following steps.

While this won't work for deep gouges, it's the perfect trick for minor scratches. All you need is a lint-free cloth, a non-gel toothpaste (one with baking soda is even better), and a damp cloth.

1. Clean the glass well and dry it using a lint-free cloth.
2. Apply a dollop of toothpaste to a soft cloth and rub it into the scratch using a circular motion.
3. After buffing for 30-40 seconds, wipe the toothpaste off with a damp cloth.
4. Dry again with the lint-free cloth. Repeat if needed.

Image Credit: Flickr member The Giant Vermin licensed via Creative Commons.

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.