How to remove lipstick stains from clothing and fabric quickly

Don't worry if you get a lipstick stain on an item of clothing! These tips will help you remove lipstick stains and rescue your garment!



Key Steps:

  1. Act fast! ­Fresh stains are easier to remove.
  2. Remove excess lipstick by blotting with a paper towel. You can also use a spoon to scrape off any hardened chunks.
  3. Cleaners with grease removing properties are ideal for tackling oil or wax based stains like lipstick marks.

A bit of red lipstick can really brighten up your appearance, and add some glamour to your look! But, however careful you are, lipstick can occasionally end up on your clothes and knowing how to remove lipstick stains from clothing can come in very useful. In confronting the problem of how to get lipstick off clothes, the first thing to bear in mind is that lipsticks are generally oil or wax-based. So the main need is to remove excess grease.

If you’re dealing with spills from tougher cosmetics like nail polish, you’ll need a different approach.

Remember to always follow the safety instructions on any cleaning product and test on a small inconspicuous area first to check that the solution will not damage your fabric.

It’s a good idea to follow up stain removal with a normal wash – pop your item in the washing machine with a laundry detergent that has stain removing properties. Just remember to check the care label to see if your item is machine washable.

How to remove lipstick from clothes:

Washing Up Liquid

  • If the mark on the clothing is quite thick, start by removing any excess lipstick. Use a spoon to scrape away any hardened residue. You can also use a paper towel to blot the excess lipstick, and to soak up as much of the surface grease as possible.
  • Then, spray some water onto the affected area to dampen it, and then apply a small amount of washing up liquid directly to the stain. Leave for 15 minutes or so, to allow the grease fighting properties of the liquid to work on breaking down the stain.
  • Next, use a clean cloth to gently rub the liquid into the area. Rub in a circular motion, and work your way from the outside in, in order not to inadvertently spread the stain over a larger area.
  • Spray more water to rinse, then leave to dry.

Rubbing Alcohol

An alternative to washing up liquid is rubbing alcohol, remember to test the cleaning product on a small, inconspicuous area first of all to check that there is no adverse reaction.

  • Place the item on a hard surface, on top of a paper towel, and with the stain facing downwards.
  • Use some cotton wool, a swab, or a cotton bud to dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the stain (do not rub the solution as this could damage the clothing). 
  • Spray some water onto the area to rinse it. Then blot the area dry. Turn the clothing over and blot the front too, to ensure that it is dry.

How to remove lipstick from upholstery:

The same methods can be applied, but more care may need to be taken. Concentrate on directly targeting the affected area and use cleaning products sparingly, in order to not oversaturate the fabric. If possible, allow your item to dry outside to speed up the process. Remember to check the care label on your upholstery before attempting stain removal.

If you are still unsure on how to get lipstick off clothes and fabric, consult your local dry cleaner for professional advice.

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