How to remove Lipstick Stains

            All girls out there are well aware of the fact that unless they stain their lips with an attractive color, their makeup isn’t complete and they can’t head out with their heads held high, ready to knock the world. For this very reason, a wide array of lipsticks is available out there in a variety of textures and brands. Yet the fact of the matter is that although your favorite shade might look heavenly on your lips, it wouldn’t look too bad on your clothes, carpet or upholstery.

          Imagine coming back from work and being so tired that you just scramble into your couch and doze right off without cleansing your face. When you wake up undeniable you will have to face lipstick smudge all over your upholstery or suppose you kiss your spouse goodbye and a dark lipstick smudge is left behind on his clothes. Worse still is the scenario where your kid steps over your lipstick tube and grinds it into the carpet.

In order to battle all these situations, it is mandatory that you equip yourself with the right knowledge which would enable you to get rid of these lipstick stains from scratch. This is where we step in. Hereby we would be providing you with everything that you need to know. Just embark upon the following methods and soon lipstick stains would become history.

Method One (For Removal of lipstick stains from Clothes)

      You were taking off your clothes and accidentally your tinted lips brushed against them. Now you have colored spots on your clothes which you need to deal with. The following method will enable you to get rid of these colored lipstick stains and restore them to their original, stain-free state.

Things that you will require:

·      Clean, white rags
·      Blunt knife
·      Pre wash stain remover
·      Liquid laundry detergent
·      Water
·      Dry cleaning solvent

Steps that you need to take:

1.  The first step deals with scraping off the excess lipstick from the fabric’s surface. You can consider using a blunt edged knife to do so. However, be very careful while removing the excess lipstick so that you do not end up spreading the stain further instead of removing it. For this reason, it is recommended that you scrape it off with a lifting motion instead of a rubbing one.

2.  Next, take hold of a pre wash stain remover and directly apply it onto the lipstick stained area. Leave it lying there for some time.

3.  Afterwards, rinse it off and launder the fabric.

4.  If the stain still persists despite the above mentioned steps. Then lay your hands on a dry cleaning solvent and apply it onto the lipstick stain with the help of a clean, white rag. Blot the stain with this rag repeatedly so that the solvent is absorbed in the fabric.

5.  Continue this process of applying and blotting until the lipstick stain is removed from scratch.

6.  Eventually launder the fabric like you usually do.

Tips and Warnings:

1.  Use hot water to rinse the stain.

2.  Make sure that you use a good quality pre wash stain remover such as ‘Shout’, as it would take care of the oily part of the stain.

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Method Two (For Removal of Lipstick stains from carpets)

       Lipstick that gets dropped onto your carpet then gets trodden upon and consequently ground into your carpet can cause havoc. You surely wouldn’t want to throw away your precious carpet when the culprit is a mere lipstick tube. Therefore we assembled together a very effective house hold remedy which will make sure that no lipstick traces are left behind on your carpet.

Things that you will require:

·      Knife or spoon
·      All-purpose stain remover
·      Clean, white rags
·      Warm water
·      Liquid dish washing detergent
·      Bowl
·      Absorbent towel

Steps that you need to take:

1.  Here too, the first step would deal with removing the larger chunks of lipstick from the carpet with the help of a spoon or blunt edge of a knife. Do this carefully, so that you do not rub in the pieces into the carpet, neither do you fray the carpet fibers.

2.  Afterwards, take any all-purpose stain remover. You can also opt for any dry cleaning fluid; however before applying the stain remover onto the lipstick stained area, check it first onto an inconspicuous area of the carpet. Proceed only if the carpet remains unaffected.

3.  Next, you have to spray this stain remover onto the lipstick stained area and blot it with the help of a clean rag. Keep applying and blotting until the stain disappears.

4.  Although the stain might have been gone by this time, yet it is very probable that some stain remnants might be left behind along with the traces of the cleaning product. If left untreated, it is very plausible that they might discolor the carpet over a period of time.To avoid any such situation, you will have to make a detergent solution.

5.  Mix ¼ tea spoon of dish washing detergent into a cup of water. Mix the two ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and apply this solution onto the previously stained area.

6.   Once you have worked the detergent onto the lip stick stain, follow this step by rinsing the area with a clean cloth saturated with water but no to an extent that it drips.

7.  Finally, once you are satisfied that the carpet has been entirely cleaned, blot the area dry with the help of an absorbent towel.

Tips and Warnings:

1.  Dry cleaning flood is more susceptible to discolor your carpet.

2.  Dish washing detergent is preferable over laundry detergent as it can cut out grease from the lipstick stain more effectively as compared to the latter one.

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Method Three (For Removal of Lipstick Stains from your Upholstery)

        Sleeping on your couch with your drooling mouth can leave behind colored marks on your upholstery-the memoirs of your lipstick. These lipstick stains although apparently very innocent can set in and become permanent unless they are treated on time. To make this stain removal procedure a possibility, it is mandatory that you embark upon the following stain removal method.

Things that you will require:

·      Spoon
·      White tooth paste
·      Rubbing alcohol ( isopropyl alcohol)
·      Lighter fluid
·      Clean, white cloths.

Steps that you need to take:

1.  There are several ways to deal with lipstick stains; however we would be starting with the mildest one.

2.  First of all, you need to remove all excess lipstick from the stain if it happens to be caked on. You can use a spoon to aid you in this removal process.

3.  Next, take hold of a toothpaste (preferable a white one, a non-gel type) and apply it onto the lipstick stain. With the help of a clean cloth, scrub the paste onto the stain and leave it lying there for some time.

4.  Later, rinse the stain with the help of warm water by using any clean cloth.

5.  If tooth paste doesn’t work and you can still see the lipstick smudge embellishing your upholstery then it is time for more drastic measures. Take hold of rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) and pour it onto a clean, white cloth.

6.  Start rubbing this cloth onto the stained area until the entire stain is lifted and removed.

7.  This step would hopefully remove a large proportion of the stain. If any of it is still left behind then you can take some lighter fluid on a cloth and rub it on the lipstick stained area.

8.  By the time you are done with these steps, no lipstick traces would be there to be seen.

Tips and Warnings:

1.  Keep the lighter fluid away from any ignition or flame.

2.  Rub the stain in a circular motion, moving from its outer side to its center.

There are many ways to battle lipstick stains on upholstery. Click here, to find out some of these methods.

Method Four (For Removal of Lipstick Stains from your skin)

No matter how much perfection you might have attained in the art of makeup, yet since you are human, therefore you are naturally inclined to make mistakes; for instance ending up with lipstick on your hands or near your lips while putting it on. Lipsticks are made up of a variety of chemicals and if left for long, then can crack up your skin, seep through and discolor it. To prevent any such scenario from taking place, you need to embark upon the following stain removal method.

Things that you will require:

·      Cold Water
·      Cotton swab
·      Cotton balls
·      Petroleum jelly
·      Face wash, mild soap
·      Moisturizing lotion

Steps that you need to take:

1.  First of all take a cotton swab and moisten it with cold water.

2.  Use this wet cotton swab to wipe off the lipstick stain from your skin.

3.  This step would help you to get rid of maximum lipstick from the stain.

4.  Follow this step by taking some petroleum jelly and applying it on the stained area.

5.  Work this Vaseline/petroleum jelly onto the stain by rubbing gently with your fingers.

6.  Leave it there for some time and afterwards remove it with the help of cotton balls.

7.  Finally wash the previously stained skin with a mild soap and follow this by the application of some moisturizing lotion.


      You can also consider using baby oil instead of Vaseline or petroleum jelly. Click here, and learn more about lipstick stain removal methods for skin.

Method Five (For Removal of Lipstick Stains from your Lips)

Some lipsticks tend to be long lasting and refuse to come off from your lips even when the day is over and you are ready to retire to bed. Such lipstick does not budge by the simple application of soap and water and in such instances you can make use of the following method to get rid of all lipstick traces.

Things that you will require:

·      Make up remover
·      Cotton pad
·      Olive oil
·      Cotton swab

Steps that you need to take:

1.  First of all you need to remove as much lipstick as possible with the help of commercial make up remover which are readily available at drug stores or cosmetic counters.

2.  Pour this make up remover on a cotton pad and use it to get rid of all lipstick traces.

3.  Follow this step by applying some olive oil onto your lips and then dabbing them softly with a cotton swab. Any remaining color would come on the cotton swab and thus your lips would become lipstick free.

Tips and Warnings:
1.    Do not scrub your lips too harshly otherwise you might end up bruising them.

2.    To ensure that all traces of lipstick have been removed satisfactorily, kiss your hands once or twice. Any remaining color would come off.

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