How to Remove Cell Phone Scratches Using Toothpaste

By Crystal Bonser

Toothpaste can remove unsightly scratches from cell phones and other electronic devices. Although there are several products on the market specifically for this purpose, toothpaste is inexpensive and readily available in people's homes. The toothpaste works as an abrasive, smoothing the edges around the scratch to make the scratch less noticeable. Although this method doesn't fix deep scratches, it may work on light surface scratches on your cell phone's screen or casing.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothpaste
  • Cotton ball
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Water or mild cleaner

Step 1

Apply a dab of toothpaste onto a cotton ball.

Step 2

Rub the cotton ball in gentle circular motions over the scratches on your cell phone. Depending on how many scratches you have, you may need to do this for 10 minutes or more before you see an improvement.

Step 3

Apply more toothpaste as needed.

Step 4

Keep the toothpaste on the scratches until it dries out. This should only take a couple of minutes.

Step 5

Wipe the toothpaste off your cell phone with a damp microfiber cloth. Alternatively, use a mild cleaner, such as soap or ammonia-free glass cleaner.

Tips & Warnings

  • Look for toothpaste containing baking soda, as baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive.
  • Don't use whitening toothpaste -- it is far too harsh.
  • Don't rub the toothpaste on your cell phone too hard or you may remove the surface coating or cause additional scratches.
  • Don't use tooth gel or tooth foam, as these do not have the abrasives needed to remove scratches.