Removing Lipstick Stains on Clothing

June 23, 2006

Lipstick stain on a white shirt.If you get a lipstick stain on your clothing, try pretreating it with cold cream or shortening. Then rub a little grease fighting dish detergent into it and launder as usual.


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January 21, 2005

If Mom has makeup, even only for rare occasions, the lipstick will one day become the lip, face or clothing smear (of course only on the children's best clothing, not the play clothes which could go easily in the rag bin).

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September 8, 2016

I washed and dried a load of laundry and after it dried I discovered that I had left a lipstick and a pen in a pocket. Also, one baby sheet has a blood stain.

Is there anything that I can try to remove the stains; they are mostly baby items.


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February 15, 20170 found this helpful

My college daughter did the same thing. We made a paste with oxyclean and dawn. Then we used an old toothbrush and scrubbed...It did come out.

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February 17, 20170 found this helpful

Soak the items in a 5 gallon bucket filled with hot water. Add 2 tablespoons each of hydrogen peroxide and powdered dishwasher detergent. Then wash as usual.

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June 20, 2011

How do I remove a lipstick stain from my clothes? It was in my kid's pocket and transferred in the dryer to everything! Please advise.

By Sara M. Hello Kitty clothing with lipstick stains.

White laundry with lipstick stains.


June 22, 20110 found this helpful

I would say try to boil water when its boiling pour it into basin and mix with tide powder and then put your stain clothe maybe the lipstick will come off from your clothe..Sometime my aunt do this way and it was working for her.

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February 12, 2012

I dropped a lipstick on a white shirt and now I have a huge mark. How can I clean it off? I haven't done anything with it yet.

By Colleen M


February 12, 20121 found this helpful

I've removed lipstick (and other oil and wax based) stains from my cotton and cotton blend dress shirts by doing the following. Will it work on other materials or your stains I can't say.


What you need:
Good old fashion Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol
Liquid Dish Soap (amazing Dawn works well)
A clean cloth or two (face cloths works well)
Wet a section of the cloth with alcohol
Blot stain with wet section of cloth. Keep blotting using clean wet cloth sections until stain lifts (large stain do in sections)
Next blot the area with some liquid dish soap and
Keep in mind
Read the care tag on the shirt (Dry Clean Only - take to your Dry Cleaner)
Never Rub - Blot Only
Longer the stain has been - the harder to remove
If the shirt and stain has been laundered it may be too late
Never use hot water or heat dry the stain.
If all else fails, and as a last resort you may want to (and as crazy as this sounds) replace the Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol with "WD-40".

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May 27, 20160 found this helpful

Used the WD40 for lipstick that busted on clothes in dryer and worked beautifully!!!!

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April 20, 2010

My daughter's first communion was yesterday and someone got lipstick on the front of her dress when giving her a hug. The dress says it's 100% polyester and can be washed in cold. She has to wear it again soon for pictures. How do I get the stain out?

By Marilyn Shelton from St. Charles, MO


April 20, 20100 found this helpful

There is a great product called "Kiss Out" stain remover. It's in a stick and made especially for lipstick and oil/grease based stains.


I'd try Dawn dish liquid first, but then get the Kiss Out

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April 21, 20100 found this helpful

Pre treat stain; dawn is good as are other products like shout. If you can get the stain out, and dry in the sun. It will act as a natural bleaching agent without damaging the dress.

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April 21, 20100 found this helpful

I've had great luck using hair spray. Just saturate the area, leave on for a couple minutes, then rinse. Repeat as necessary. It works on ink too.

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August 28, 2009

I got red lipstick on a white silk dress, how can I get the lipstick off?

By furch from CA


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August 30, 20090 found this helpful

I have heard that WD-40 will remove lipstick stains but I am not sure if this will work on silk but you could try a tester patch.
Put a spot of WD-40 on your blouse in an inconspicuous place (under the arm for example) and then wash as you would normally. If there is no sign or residue of it then you could try it.


Saturate the lipstick stain with WD-40 and then rewash. It should come out perfectly.

Good luck,
Monique :)

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August 30, 20090 found this helpful

Victoria's Secret sells a product specifically for lipstick and other oils on lingerie. I think it was $10 but a little goes a long way and it really does work.

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October 4, 2012

I have white jeans stained with lipstick in the dryer. How do I treat the stain?

By Vivian


October 9, 20120 found this helpful

Try adding warm water with detergent and see if that helps.

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September 4, 2011

How do you get lipstick out of a white, gauzy nylon blouse?

By Cindy


September 4, 20110 found this helpful

I watched a gal use plain white toothpaste to remove lipstick from a synthetic dress.

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February 27, 2011

How do I wash lipstick out of a full load of clothes that got lipstick all over them from the dryer. They are formals and dress clothes and made from a variety of fabrics.

By Tamaria from Tacoma


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March 6, 20110 found this helpful

You have to consult the dry cleaners on this if you don't want to screw it up. My granddaughter just did this to my clothes and dryer.


A scented and dyed lip gloss. I had to use Amway Trizyme, Amway SA8 in the washer on hot water to remove it.

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July 18, 2012

How do you remove lipstick stains from clothing?

By Ronie

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March 8, 2016

This is a page about removing lipstick stains on leather. Using the correct method and cleaners makes removing lipstick from leather an easier job than expected.

Opened tube of Red Lipstick on black leather surface

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February 27, 2011

I would like information on cleaning lipstick out of cotton clothing.

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