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How To Remove Makeup Stains From Your Face Mask

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How To Remove Makeup Stains From Your Face Mask

Getting rid of makeup stains has been an age-old problem that’s been around as long as make up and fabric have been. Only recently though, are we having to deal with the irritating problem of makeup stains on our favourite cloth masks.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic the WHO has advocated for the wearing of face masks to lower the transmission of the virus from person to person. It is currently still law in South Africa that everyone wears a face mask in public places and on public transport.

For many of us that means wearing a mask to work and back and wearing it all day at work.

Cloth face masks have become a popular choice for many people because they are better for the environment than the disposable ones that are filling up our landfills and they are also available in stylish fabrics and colours that can complement our wardrobe. However, wearing a cloth mask for many ladies now means having to deal with makeup stains on our masks. We take a look at how to clean face masks to keep them hygienic and give you tips and tricks for the best make up stain removers to use.

How To Remove Makeup From A Face Mask?

Let’s take a look at the most common makeup products that can stain our face masks and how to treat them:


Foundations are often oil-based and can leave nasty stains and streaks on our cloth masks. A great hack to use before putting the cloth mask in the washing machine is to give it a good scrub with some dishwashing liquid like Sunlight and a soft bristled toothbrush. The Sunlight liquid will cut through the oil of the makeup, breaking up the particles so they are easily removed when you pop the mask in the machine.

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The best hack for getting rid of lipstick on cloth is to spray it with hairspray like Tresemme. Leave the hairspray to sit on the stain for about 10 – 15minutes and then wash the face mask in the washing machine as normal.

Best Way To Wash A Face Mask

How To Wash A Face Mask?

When it comes to washing your face mask and making sure that any viruses or germs are killed and gone, the key is the water temperature. Whether you use a washing machine or are hand washing your cloth masks, experts recommend that you use the hottest wash possible. Viruses do not survive at high temperatures and when you add a good quality washing detergent to the water too, they really cannot survive at all.

We recommend drying your cloth masks in direct sunlight as well for additional heat and for best results. We know make up has a tendency of getting onto more than just your mask, so here are more tips on How To Remove Makeup Stains From Clothes.

With these tips, makeup definitely doesn’t need to come at the expense of your favourite clothing items.

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