If you like wearing
lipstick, chances are you’ve smudged it onto your (or somebody else’s) clothes
before. It’s not like you intended for this to happen, but it’s an accident
that is quite common among lipstick wearers. It mostly happens when you hug someone
or when you decide to change your top after having already done your outfit.
Scarves suffer from lipstick stains all the time. And you know, on a rare
occasion, some of us manage to sit down on an open tube of lipstick or spill
some liquid lipstick on ourselves. Don’t panic, your clothes are not ruined
forever. Here are 8 easy ways to get the lipstick stain out of clothes.
Remove The Excess
The first thing you
should do when attempting to get lipstick out of your clothes is to remove the
excess. If you just happened to touch your clothes with your lips, this step
can be omitted, but if you accidentally sat on a bullet of lipstick and there’s
a thick layer of it on your clothes it’s best to scrape (not rub) the excess
off with a knife or a credit card.
This is a no brainer,
but beware that it’s not suitable for all fabrics. If you’re going to use a
stain remover on your clothes, read the instructions carefully and test on a
small area that won’t be visible to see if it doesn’t cause damage to your
garment. If it’s all fine then proceed to dab the stain remover on the area,
leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash as normal.
Rubbing alcohol can also
help with removing lipstick from clothing. You’ll need a cotton ball or clean
cloth. Dampen it with alcohol and gently dab at the lipstick stain. With every
dab, you’ll get a bit of lipstick out of your clothes and transferred onto the
cotton ball or the cloth you’re using. Again, no rubbing, because that can make
the lipstick bleed into the surrounding area and also embed it even further
into the material of your clothing. After you’ve gotten the lipstick stain out
of the clothing item, rinse the area with cold water and wash normally.
We never would’ve thought
of this, but turns out you can lipstick out of clothes with hairspray. All you
need to do is spray the stain, leave it for 15 minutes and then blot with a
clean cloth dampened with warm water. Afterwards, rinse the item of clothing
and wash as normal.
Most lipsticks have oils
in them as an ingredient so dish soap makes total sense. However, the technique
for this method is not as straightforward as you would think. Don’t just pour
dish soap on the stain. Instead, place the item of clothing stained side down
onto a paper towel and then put a bit of dish soap on the backside of the
stain. Leave for a couple of minutes. Then dab with a cloth dampened with warm
water. You’re basically transferring the stain out of your clothes onto a paper
towel. Keep changing the paper towel so the stain doesn’t bleed into the
surrounding material. Once the lipstick is out – wash as normal.
You can get the lipstick
out using normal detergent, but you should hand wash it first in warm or
lukewarm water. Don’t get anywhere near hot water, that will only make things
worse. So handwash to get the stain out, and afterwards you can machine wash
7. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
Most of us have some
baking soda in the back of a cupboard somewhere and you probably have a lemon
in the fridge. These two things mixed together can help you get lipstick out of
your clothes. Just mix equal parts of lemon juice and baking soda (a teaspoon
of each should be enough) to form a paste. Put the paste onto the stain and leave
it for 30 minutes. The acidity in the lemon should help break up the lipstick.
Afterwards, just chuck in the washing machine without washing off the paste
Shaving cream can work as a stain remover when it comes to lipstick stains on your clothes. Just put a bit of shaving cream on the stain, leave it for 15 minutes, then wash in the washing machine on cold. If needed repeat the whole thing again. Check to make sure the stain is gone before throwing the item of clothing in the drier.