As amazing as lipstick products may be, they can be a hassle if you get them on stuff you don’t want them in.
As impressive as they make your lips look, if you—for whatever reason, stain your clothes with lipstick, you may find your hands full. If you don’t know the first thing about getting lipstick stain off clothes, you might make the stain worse.
It can also be quite expensive going to the dry cleaners. Spending a few bucks on lipstick stains can add up if you, for whatever reason, always end up with this type of make-up stain on your clothes.
It doesn’t matter if you stain your jeans, your skirt, or your blouse. If you don’t know the first thing about getting lipstick stain off clothes, it can be a time consuming and stressful process.
The Problem with Contemporary Lipstick
Let’s just get this out of the way. Today’s lipstick products are not the products your mom or grandma used to wear—hands down.
Today’s lipstick is made for the modern woman who is busy on a 24/7 basis. A lot of us wish there were more hours in a day. That’s how busy too many of us have become. It follows then that a lot of the lipstick products that are very popular in the market tend to stay longer on the lips.
You don’t have to retouch. You don’t have to re-apply or touch up your lipstick. That’s just how these lipsticks were designed.
You can look as good as the first minute you step out of your house in the morning. These lipstick products are intended and are manufactured specifically to stay on your lips for long periods. We’re talking as much as 16 hours.
The problem with this durability is from time to time, you’re going to get this product on your clothes. You end up with a messy stain on your hands. There are no two ways about it. It’s a hassle to get this stuff off.
This is especially true if you wear a lipstick color that clashes with the color of the clothing you’ve stained.
Getting Lipstick off Your Clothes Is Not Impossible
Here’s the good news. Getting a lipstick stain off clothing is not an impossible task. If you know what you’re doing, it can be quick and easy.
The problem is that too many women just don’t know how to do it right. They end up making the problem worse. They see a lipstick stain where it doesn’t belong, so they start rubbing away. They’re hoping that if they scrub away on the piece of clothing, enough of the lipstick material will get transferred to the cloth or whatever else they’re smudging with to remove the stain.
What they’re doing is that they’re pressing the lipstick material further into the fibers of the piece of clothing they’re trying to clean. In short, they are making their problems even worse.
If you think you had issues before, when you hold up that piece of clothing that you’re trying to clean, you quickly realize that you’ve spread the stain farther and now it needs more extensive cleaning than it used to.
Here are the simple steps that you need to follow to take care of that stain quickly.
Step 1: Start with Scraping
The first thing that you need to do is remove the excess lipstick on top of the stain.
Usually, when lipstick falls on any kind of flat surface, only a portion of it is touching the surface. There’s this thick portion that is sticking out. When you scrape, you get rid of the part that is jutting out.
There’s only one thing that you need to do at this point: make sure you don’t rub the stain. That’s all.
Just scrape gently and slowly if need be. But don’t try to rush it. If you force it, and you end up rubbing, you’re making your job harder. Don’t push. Scrape away.
As much as possible, try to start at the bottom and then scrape up. The upward motion you make relieves the pressure on the surface of the clothing that you’re trying to spare from the stain.
Step 2: Dampen the Stained Part with Alcohol
Let the alcohol sink in a little bit to try to defuse the lipstick that got stuck on the fibers. Next, rinse that portion with cold running water. This should get a lot of the stain out, but some of it will still be there.
Step 3: Apply a Commercial Stain Remover
There are lots of stain removers that are available in the market. Before you use this product, look at the care tag at the back of your blouse or shirt. If you are cleaning some sort of pants or jeans, look at the side or near the back-waist area.
You will see some symbols. Pay close attention to the instruction about stain removers which are explicitly forbidden by the manufacturer. This is crucial.
If you’re in doubt, don’t use a stain remover. However, if it’s evident that stain removers are not forbidden, go for it.
Please understand that some clothing fibers and materials don’t work well with a stain remover. This type of product would cause a chain reaction that discolors or even damages the fibers that make up your clothing. Make sure you check this label.
Step 4: Hand Wash with Liquid Detergent
This is the effortless part. You must roll up your sleeves and hand wash the clothing that got stained. However, before you do so, you must soak the piece of clothing in warm water. Put in a small amount of detergent.
How do you know that you have enough detergent in the mix? Check for bubbles. When it’s moderately bubbly, that’s when you know that you have enough soap in there.
Make sure that you give your clothes enough time to soak—maybe half an hour to an hour. Once the time has passed and the water is still relatively warm, massage the stain gently.
Don’t rush through this because you might end up just pushing the stain deeper into the clothing’s fibers.
If the process above doesn’t work, you might want to try applying hairspray on the stained portion of your clothes. Wait until the hairspray dries out and is fully sunk into the cloth’s fibers. Gently blot with a damp towel, some sort of rag, or a cotton ball. See if you can pull up as much of the remaining lipstick residue.
Save This for Last
As a last resort, if all the steps above have failed you, get help from a professional dry cleaner. They have all sorts of cleaning compounds that are gentle on a wide range of fibers. They should be able to help you get out even the most stubborn lipstick stain.