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The Best Way to Remove Lipstick Stains

Removing Lipstick Stains From Clothing

Step 1

Read the care label on the garment before you attempt to remove the stain. If the tag indicates that the garment should be dry cleaned, take your garment to a professional who will have the know-how and equipment to remove the stain. Unless the garment is old and you don't really care that much if things go wrong, don't attempt to remove the stain by yourself.

Step 2

Dip the corner of a clean, white cloth in rubbing alcohol, then use the cloth to dab the lipstick stain. Blot carefully until the stain disappears. In spite of the name, don't rub the rubbing alcohol into the garment. You may set the stain and make it impossible to remove.

Step 3

Launder the garment as usual, but don't put it in the dryer, as the heat of the dryer will set the stain. Look closely to see if the lipstick stain has been removed. If the stain still remains, try rubbing alcohol again or try a different technique.

Step 4

Try dish detergent if the rubbing-alcohol method doesn't work. For best results, use a concentrated dish detergent for greasy dishes. Dab a small amount of dish detergent directly on the lipstick stain, and then let it soak in for about 10 minutes. Using a clean cloth, remove the stain in small strokes, working from the outside of the stain in toward its center.

Step 5

Apply ammonia if nothing else has worked. Dab the ammonia on the lipstick stain with a cotton swab until the stain fades.

Step 6

Dry the garment only when you've checked carefully and the stain has disappeared. Dry the garment according to the directions on the care tag.

Removing Lipstick Stains From Carpet

Step 1

Blot up the lipstick with a damp cloth first, removing as much lipstick as possible. Blot carefully without rubbing.

Step 2

Spray the lipstick stain with an all-purpose spot remover that contains a grease remover. Blot carefully with a clean cloth.

Step 3

Treat the stain with rubbing alcohol if the stain remains. Pour rubbing alcohol onto a sponge, and then dab the stain.

Step 4

Wipe the carpet with a paste made of powdered laundry detergent and warm water when the lipstick stain is gone. Finish by wiping the area with a cloth dipped in water, and repeat until the spot remover, rubbing alcohol and soap have been removed. Blot up the moisture with a dry cloth.

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