Asked on Jun 22, 2013

How do I remove a lip stick stain from my blouse?

AnnaMelodySmall Talk Mama


The blouse is lt. green silk like material and it has red lip stick on it.
10 answers
  • Larose LoganOakes
    on Jun 22, 2013

    I would use a smidge of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Rub some on the stain and then spray or dribble some Hydrogen Peroxide over the Dawn and then let it go to work for you. Then blot with a paper towel. This works great on grease! I have used this on my son's work clothes that he wears to work on cars. Best of luck! Let me know how it works for you.:)

  • Kiff Harvey
    on Jun 22, 2013

    what is the lipstick made of ? you need to disolve it . the long lasting ones will disolve with oil/vasaline Then the detergent can remove the oil taking out the lipstick If the material is real silk you should take it and the lipstick to a professional . experiment with the lipstick on a rag and try different things before using anything on the silk good luck

  • Jeannine Maranchuk
    on Jun 22, 2013

    I have taken many stains out of my silk clothes for years with WD40. Including lipstick. Trick is to not put the item in the dryer until the stain is completely gone. Spray WD40 on the article & wash as normal. Hang to dry, repeat until stain is gone. Then it is safe to wash & dry again.

  • Barbara R
    on Jun 23, 2013

    Dry Cleaners.

  • Marie Worley
    on Jun 23, 2013

    The Problem with Removing Lipstick Stains Lipstick can contain dozens of ingredients, and they usually fall into a few basic categories: Oils Waxes Pigments Even at a very high level, you have 3 very different types of stains that need very different types of cleaners. Oils come out with degreasers, waxes come out with solvents and pigments that remain after using degreasers and solvents might require oxidizers to be completely removed. One of the problems with lipstick stains is that the stain might not be noticed right away. That means the stain has time to set in, making it even more difficult to remove. As with most stains, you should try to work on the lipstick stain as quickly as possible for the best results. Home Remedies for Lipstick Stain Removal Before you do anything, check the label of the affected garment to determine the fabric. Since many shirts require special treatment such as dry clean, you may need to take the item directly to the professional. However, if the lipstick stain is noticed once you get home, start by creating a plan of attack. Keep in mind that lipstick is an oil-based cosmetic. Therefore, you want to use remedies that will combat the grease. First, we recommend you always use a pre-treater, which will definitely help. The key when removing the stain is to work gently from the outer edge of the stain inward. Stain Removal Steps Put the item, stain side down on a clean paper towel or something similar that you won't mind absorbing the red colored lipstick. Dab the pre-treater, degreaser or solvent (listed below) that you are using onto the back of the stained area. Use another paper towel and apply pressure to your garment which will force the cleaning solution (and the stain) into the paper towel beneath it. Replace the paper towel to keep it absorbing new traces of the lipstick the solution is removing and keep it from spreading to other areas. Rinse the garment and launder as usual when all traces of the stain have been removed. Rubbing Alcohol Start with alcohol, which works well. Do not rub, or you'll spread the mark. Simply take a clean, white cloth and moisten it with alcohol. Then, blot the lipstick stain, which will disappear. Liquid Dishwashing Detergent Another home remedy is to use a mild liquid dishwashing detergent such as Dawn ®, formulated to fight grease. For this method of lipstick stain removal, dab on a little Dawn, let it set for about 10 minutes, then gently begin working on the stain from the outside edges inward. You could use laundry detergent, shampoo, or other similar type of cleanser as long as it does not contain any lighteners, brighteners, or bleach. Ammonia Another great home remedy for removing lipstick stains is ammonia. Just about everyone has ammonia at home for cleaning and if not, it can be found at any grocery store for just a few dollars. Again, start by blotting off as much of the stain as you can, using plain water. When done, use a cotton swab moistened with ammonia to dab at the stain. Once the stain begins to fade, wash the shirt by hand in warm soapy water. Hairspray Finally, hairspray is an old trick used by women (and men) for years. As long as the fabric will permit it, spray right onto the stain, and then let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes. In most cases, a clean cloth moistened with warm water is all you need to wipe the stain away. If your find this method of lipstick stain removal does not completely remove the stain, repeat and then wash by hand using Dawn ®. Professional Stain Removers These stain removers are solvents which are helpful in removing lipstick that detergents can't help with. Motsenbocker's Lift Off A product called Motsenbocker's Lift Off ® is petroleum-based (solvent) and works fast on lipstick and any oil-based stain such as paint, crayons, tar, candle wax, sap, chewing gum, bumper stickers, price tags, contact paper, and more. Motsenbocker’s also works for fabric, tile, tools, plastic, vinyl, etc. Xenit Another product for lipstick stain removal is called Xenit ®, (pronounced Zeenit). It works on lipstick as well as gum, decals, marker, ink, shoe scuffs, labels, and other grease-based things. Xenit contains no soap or water, and uses an all-natural extract of citrus fruit breaking down the complex molecules found in difficult stains.

  • Lisa
    on Jun 23, 2013

    use Mary Kay Oil Free eye makeup remover -silicone, not oil based. While helping a bride with her make once,I accidentally stepped on a berry lipstick, which got in the bottom grid of my danskos on beautiful NEW yellow carpet in the brides room at the church...while the bride was having her pictures made, I got busy with a washcloth and a bottle of mk oil free eye makeup remover and it ALL came up!! And I had tracked it EVERYWHERE before we realized it!!

  • Lori
    on Jan 3, 2015

    Try the spray cleaner Shout.

  • Small Talk Mama
    on Feb 11, 2015

    I've had luck with hair spray, but many of the residue removers on the market say that they are safe on clothes.

  • Melody
    on Apr 28, 2016

    NOT BEING SARCASTIC... JUST WANT TO HELP! Depending on where the stain is at... IF you can't get the stain out maybe you can cover it with an iron on design of little flowers or maybe do an embroidery or if those don't work make a handkerchief like pocket over it.

  • Anna
    on Aug 10, 2016

    Hair spray. But I would google first to see if it works on that particular fabric.

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