Lipstick Stain Removal

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NEW Method!

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Old Method

Lipstick is a dye in an oily base. Therefore, a solvent based remover is the only type that will remove it. Water based or wet spotters will only spread and set the stain.

  1. Rub in vegetable or mineral oil onto the affected areas and allow it to soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Blot excess oils with an absorbent paper towel or terry cloth rags.
  3. Then sponge in a solution of 50% ammonia with water (unless the fabric is silk or wool).
  4. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and wring out.
  5. Sponge remaining affected areas liberally with isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
  6. Apply laundry pre treat and launder washables in hot water.
  7. HOWEVER, a little lipstick contains a lot of dye in even a small particle. A VALUABLE PIECE OF ADVICE is to take your laundry to a professional with a stain removal expert at your local Laundromat or dry cleaners.
Note: Always test an inconspicuous area for colorfastness, etc. before treating the exposed area. Also note that certain stains are permanent.

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This article has been contributed in part by Michigan State University Extension