Finding yourself with an ugly lip gloss or lipstick stain? Here’s how to remove lip gloss stains from fabric.
f you have a stained area on a clothing item, you can get the affected area clean and those stubborn stains gone quickly.
Lip glosses are meant to be on our lips – not our clothes! Below I’ll give you the best tips on how to use an effective method that will have your stained garment looking clean and new, without the use of harsh chemicals. Home remedies are the best!
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I don’t know how it happened, but happened it did.
All I know is that one day I went into my twin daughters’ bedroom and lying there was an uncapped Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer tube and a baby doll bum covered in its hue.My young children think because it looks like chapstick, it must be okay for them to use liberally, including my three-year-old son. I am not sure if they applied it on their own lips and then wiped the overabundance onto the nearest fabric, or if they colored with the lip gloss directly onto the fabric itself. Unfortunately, their fabric of choice was the rear end of one of our baby dolls!
These baby dolls have been in our family for years, so they’ve seen their fair share of love and abuse (mostly love thankfully).
I tried wiping it off with some water and a cloth, adding a little dish soap to remove the lip gloss, but it did not work.
So, I pulled out a household chemical that I have found works cleaning wonders around the home – ammonia.
It stinks, and it’s strong, but it works amazing and quick, and is very affordable (you can find it in most cleaning aisles).
So grab a bottle of ammonia and follow this cleaning tutorial on how to remove lip gloss stains from fabric, clothes, and even baby doll bums.
How to Remove Lip Gloss Stains from Fabric
Materials Need to Remove Lip Gloss Stains:
Instructions on How to Remove a Lip Gloss Stain
1. Pour a small amount of ammonia into a small bowl (you can dilute it some with water).
2. Dip cotton ball into the bowl and drip off excess.
3. Gently dab, starting from the outside of the lip gloss stain working your way to the inside. You should start to lift the color off.
4. Switch to a new cotton ball once it becomes too stained, and repeat steps 2-3 as needed until stain is removed.
5. Launder the fabric (or baby doll) as normal in the washing machine or per fabric care instructions.
Here’s my before and after:
This worked perfectly and took such little time! I am a huge fan of ammonia for cleaning purposes!
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Does this work with glossy lip gloss and lip balm?
This should work on most lip glosses there are. You may have to clean a bit longer and have a little patience but keep at it to get rid of those stains. I just grab a cotton swab and cotton balls and know that the first step is to have the patience to attack those fresh stains.
Once I remove the stain, do I wash the garment normally?
Yep, I toss it in the laundry, add my laundry detergent, and clean it according to the care label on the clothes.
Can I use something other than a cotton ball?
You might be tempted to use a soft-bristled brush, but a big component of this cleaning process is the dabbing motion. If you don’t have a cotton ball, you can use a clean white cloth or even a paper towel, but a cotton ball is really what you need.
This isn’t one of those stone removal methods that require you to scrub, so a clean cloth or cotton ball is what will be gentle on those fabric fibers to be an effective stain remover.
Will this work on a stubborn lipstick stain?
It might work if the lipstick-stained clothes are treated right away. But more than likely, stain removal methods like this aren’t going to get rid of brightly colored lipstick stains all the way – but they could.
I do think that it will help and possibly get rid of small areas. It’s worth it to try on makeup stains when all else fails.