How to Get Rid of Lipstick Stains
Lipstick stains on collars or on shirts, during those hot times or even accidentally are very common especially with the young generation. The bad news, lipstick being a grease based product gets finely attached to your fabric and can be never got rid of by normal washing. The good news, there are still many ways to get rid of it, just by using common household stuff. Few simple methods commonly followed to remove the lipstick stains are as follows:
Method 1: Take some denatured alcohol and put few drops on the stain. Dab it with a piece of clean cloth and do NOT rub it with your fingers as it would spread the stain. This would make the dried lipstick particles to loosen up. Use natural dish washing detergent to further weaken the bonds. Make sure that only a small amount of detergent is used (in case of a strong detergent) or use a neutral pH non bleach detergent to help protect your fabric. Lastly use a fabric wash as usual to wash the clothes. Air drying is recommended after the wash is over.
Method 2: Supposing that Alcohol is not available at that instant, you can also try dabbing some Vaseline over the stain. Wait for sometime and add few drops of dish washing detergent. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the stain of, in case it is really stubborn. Wait for about 10-15 minutes and let it sit for a while. Wash it with warm water along with some fabric wash and finally dry it.
Method 3: Another very common technique is to spray hair spray (since it is also alcohol based) or some “after shave lotion” and then wash it with warm water. This method seems to work in most of the cases!
Method 4: Somehow even applying shaving creams over the dried lipstick stain seems to work wonderfully. It acts as a very good solvent for the dried lipstick particles. Dab the stain again with a small, white and clean piece of soft cloth. Be careful not to be too hard as it would spread the stain over a larger area. Wash it with club soda this time. This cleans the stain wonderfully!
Method 5: Another great home remedy is the use of ammonia to remove the stain. Get a bottle of ammonia from the nearest chemist or any general grocery store. Blot off the stain with a lot of plain water first. Take a medium size cotton swab and soak it with ammonia. Dab the stain with this swab and leave it for few minutes. Once the stain begins to fade, wash the cloth by hand and some soapy water. Use of a mild detergent is also advisable.
Method 6: Many products such as Kleen-Touch are available in the markets which are made for removing such petroleum or grease based stains. If nothing works out, this is a wise option to go for. Generally more than a single wash is required when using these products.
Method 7: Pre-treating the stain can be risky, because when everything fails the best way is to give the textiles to the dry cleaners. Pre-treating can make it more difficult for the dry cleaners to clean the stain. Dry cleaning can be a bit high on price, but does the work wonderfully.
Method 8: Using lemon sometimes gives visible results, especially when the stain is recent. It does not affect your fabric and is hence very safe.
Removing everyday lipstick stains on your favorite garments is more of a child’s play with the little tricks pointed above. Make sure that you use the chemicals (such as ammonia) in minute amounts and handle them with care.