How to Remove Lipstick from Clothes

The nightmare when you are getting ready in a hurry and accidentally get some of your lipstick on your dress! Or when our partner mistakenly leaves a lipstick mark on your shirt?

These are all the horrors that can happen to you and, nothing is more frustrating than trying to smudge off a very stubborn lipstick stain off, of your clothes.

That is why I have put together some very useful tips on how you can get rid of lipstick stains from your clothes; just for you! And the best part is, that you can apply these solutions from the products at hand and try out the methods at your home.

So read this entire article and find out how.

Important Disclosures Before You Start to Remove Lipstick

Before I can get started on these tips, I wanted to make a few things clear for you.

  • First of all, make sure that you have gone through the instructions given on the product label because any method or cleaning agent that you try has a possibility of further damaging your clothes. So it’s better to be careful not to spoil your clothes and use cleaning agents that will not harm your fabric.
  • It is best recommended that you take immediate remedial action. Any of the tips to remove lipstick stains I share with are most likely to give the desired results if applied on time.
  • It is also highly important that your try these tips on an unnoticeable part of your clothing first. This way, you can confirm whether the cleaning agent will destroy your fabric or not.
  • Try to stick a piece of tape onto the stained area first. When you peel it off, some of the excess lipstick will be lifted as well, making the rest of the stain easier to remove.
  • You cannot rub on the stain with any of the cleaning agents that I will recommend; because this will most definitely cause further damage to your fabric and leave even a bigger lipstick mark on your dress.
  • I have recommended using rubbing alcohol in my article, so I wanted to tell you to be very careful when applying it, because, it is a very flammable solution.

Solution 01: Applying Rubbing Alcohol

  1. Firstly, moisten a clean ball of cotton or a fresh cloth with some rubbing alcohol. Dab the stain with the cotton, or cloth, to start removing the stain. You must be warned not to rub on the area.
  2. Once you have blotted enough, wash off the alcohol with cold water and wash the clothing as you would normally do.

Solution 02: Applying Liquid Detergent/Stain Remover

  1. Find a blunt knife with a worn-out edge.
  2. Tightly stretch the stained area making it taut.
  3. Gently scrape the stain to remove all of the excess lipstick.
  4. Choose a liquid detergent or a stain remover. Remember to cross-check with the warnings given on the product label to see, if it is okay to apply the liquid detergent/stain remover on your fabric.
  5. Apply the liquid detergent/stain remover directly on the stained area, from both sides of the material.
  6. Rinse the stained part properly with lukewarm water.
  7. If you see that all of the stains have disappeared, then go ahead and wash the clothing.

Solution 03: Using Hairspray

  1. Drizzle the hairspray on a very small, unnoticeable area of your fabric first.
  2. Then, apply the hairspray on the stain directly.
  3. Leave your clothing and let the hairspray rest on the stain for up to ten to fifteen minutes.
  4. Find a cotton swab cotton ball or, a fresh cloth.
  5. Moisten the cotton swab/cotton ball/fresh cloth with warm water.
  6. Sponge off the hairspray with cotton or cloth.
  7. Wash your dress as you would normally do.

Solution 04: Using Shaving Cream

  1. Apply a reasonable amount of shaving directly on the stain.
  2. Gently blot on the stain using the shaving cream to soak it up.
  3. Rinse off the area using cold, running water.
  4. Wash the clothing or do it in the laundry as usual.

Solution 05: Applying a Lemon Juice and Baking Soda Solution

  1. First of all, prepare a solution by mixing equal parts baking soda and lemon juice. This should form a paste.  
  2. Apply this solution on the stain using a fresh cloth or a cotton swab. You can use your hands as well if they are clean.
  3.  Lay down your clothing and let the stain rest for about half an hour.
  4. Afterward, check to see if the stain is gone.
  5. If it is not gone by then, find a toothbrush with soft and clean bristles and use it, to mildly scrub off the stain.
  6. Rinse the area properly using cold, running water.

Solution 06: Liquid Dish Soap

  1. Firstly, lay down your clothing on a clean surface and have the stained side down.
  2. Drip a small amount of liquid dish soap directly on the stained area.
  3. Let the stained part soak up the dish soap and rest for about ten to fifteen minutes.
  4. Turn over the clothing and dab on the stain, using a clean napkin/cotton swab or a clean paper towel.
  5. When the stain is all gone, rinse the area with water and give it in for a regular wash.  

Suggestions for Cleaning Agents

Here are a few ideas for cleaning agents which you can use to treat that dreadful lipstick stain on your dress or shirt.

  • Ammonia.
  • Rubbing alcohol as I have already mentioned.
  • Stain removal; also which I have already mentioned.
  • Lemon juice.
  • Vinegar mixed with warm water.
  • Liquid dish soap.
  • Acetone (a mineral solvent).
  • Petroleum jelly

Closing Thoughts

Lipstick stains can be a real joy-kill. But with these methods and the product label’s instructions, they won’t be staying on your favorite dress for too long. Hope my article helped you!

Best of luck!

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