How To Remove Tough Stains
Lipstick can be a fickle mistress. You shop around for the perfect shade to compliment your face, outfit, occasion, and then you enjoy it. But then you drink, kiss, wipe, what have you. The stain is everywhere—unless you are one of those savvy ladies that buys the Beyonce-I’m-Never-Going-Away lipstick.
For those of us that just don’t care enough to get the expensive lipsticks, we have to battle the lipstain on our partner’s shirt collars or in our own purses. The worst is when you send a tube through the dryer. Like a crayon on the dashboard on a hot summer day, the red, pink, purple hues are everywhere. You might have well just put a red sock in with your whites.
So now you have to remove your lipstick’s oils, waxes and pigments from your life without ruining your favorite blouse. There is hope!
Steps to Removing Lipstick Stains
First things first, check what you garment is made of and what kind of cleaning it can take. Never wash something that needs dry cleaned. Save yourself the headache and take it straight to the cleaners.
Next, think of ways to combat grease. Pre-treating is my go to for any stain. I like to keep a toothbrush in my laundry basket so I can scrub the stains as I’m loading the washer; however, you will not want to scrub these stains. You’ll only end up spreading them. When choosing a pre-treater, think about the base of the stain you are removing.
Hairspray Lipstick Stain Removal Home Remedy
As long as your fabric is durable, hairspray might be the best method. You just spray on the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes. Moisten a clean cloth with warm water and wipe away the stain. If it doesn’t completely remove the first time, repeat the process and then hand wash with Dawn Dish Soap.
Rubbing Alcohol Lipstick Stain Removal Home Remedy
This rubbing alcohol remedy is easy as well. Take some rubbing alcohol and dab at the stain, which should disappear. Make sure you put something under the stain. For an added boost, you can put some of laundry soap in with the rubbing alcohol to get the stains out.
Ammonia Lipstick Stain Removal Home Remedy
Ammonia can be found at most drug stores. Blot at the stain with water and then take a cotton swab of ammonia to it. Once the stain starts fading, was the shirt by hand with warm soapy water.