Removing Lipstick from Clothing

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


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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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December 16, 20160 found this helpful

And the WD-40 didn't leave a residue on the fabric? I have a black cotton/poly blend top and a pair of blue jeans that just took a hot tumble with a nude pink tube of lipstick and its a hot mess. :)

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December 3, 20160 found this helpful

I got lipstick on my white jacket how to get it out?

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