Lipstick stains are silly and troublesome to remove. They can also be pretty tricky to keep track of how they even got there in the first place. Lipstick contains both oil and wax, along with pigments. The combination is really hard to get rid of in clothes.
1. Dish soap
If you’re at home and stuck with a lipstick stain, you don’t have to worry anymore. Just grab some of your dish soap or detergent. Put a papertowel underneath the place you’re washing and dab just a little of the soap on the stain, let it sit for a minute, and start scrubbing lightly.
This one might be better for when you’re not at home and, obviously, don’t have access to dish soap. Find some clean paper towels and soak one with a bit of your drink, then start gently and repeatedly dabbing at the stain. Do NOT rub, you will spread the stain.
3. Hair spray
Another classic home remedy! Hit the lipstick stain directly with the hairspray and let it rest for about fifteen minutes. A little bit of a wait but you need to let the chemicals settle. Then just rub it with a clean cloth–a word of caution though. Use a cloth that you don’t mind ruining for this one because it’s going to get a mark on it as well.
While ammonia’s smell is certainly strong, it’s good for cleaning and you can use it for just about anything. For this one, you need to soak the stained area first with water then grab a cotton ball. Moisten the cotton ball with ammonia and blot gently at the wet stain. Once the stain has faded away, you can finish the cleaning by washing the cloth in lukewarm water with some soap.
Toothpaste isn’t just for whitening your teeth. Begin this one by scrabing off as much of the stain as you can with a plastic knife or spoon. Now put some toothpaste on a clean cloth and start rubbing the mark. Repeat until the stain is gone.
Check and be sure the bleach you’re using is safe for the material you’re cleaning. The bleach may also strip the color from your clothing so be warned about what kind you use.