How to Remove Lipstick Stains With Natural Methods?

Here’s how some pantry items can help solve the problem

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By Alex

How to remove lipstick stains with natural methods

Have you noticed lipstick stains on your dress before going out? Before resorting to the dry cleaners or industrial products, open the pantry and find out how to save your precious fabrics. Here are some useful tips for cleaning lipstick stains by putting into practice natural and DIY solutions.

Removing lipstick stains can be a bit challenging, but you can try several natural methods to effectively tackle the stains. We always like to advise how to clean stains in a natural and ecological way to solve small problems at home, so also in this case we offer you a guide on how to clean lipstick stains, avoiding chemical detergents from the supermarket.

But first, a couple of tips to avoid causing trouble:

  1. First of all, try to intervene as soon as possible. A fresh lipstick stain is easier to remove. Fresh stains are much easier to treat than dried, set ones.
  2. Second thing: absolutely avoid rubbing, you only risk widening the stain. Dab with a damp cloth and then rinse with warm water. These are fundamental steps since lipstick is a highly oily cosmetic.

How to remove lipstick stains from clothes

Now let’s review the natural remedies to remove lipstick stains from fabric. As you will see, some pantry products can help us effectively and naturally remove these stains.

Marseille soap

The classic Marseille soap also in this case proves to be a valid ally for eliminating lipstick stains. It is recommended for cotton garments and jeans. Moisten the stick and with the help of a sponge dab the stain and leave to act for about ten minutes without rubbing.

Remove lipstick stains with Marseille soap
Removing lipstick stains with Marseille soap

Corn or rice starch

This is a useful remedy for suede or leather items. Cover lipstick stains with a little rice starch (or corn starch) and wait for the stain to be absorbed.

Bread crumbs

Would you have ever said it? Moisten the breadcrumbs and leave them on the stain for a few hours. The bread will absorb all the oily texture and your garment will be ready for washing in the washing machine.

 remove lipstick stains with breadcrumbs
An old trick is also to remove lipstick stains with breadcrumbs.

Sodium percarbonate

Do you know this completely ecological whitener? It is a good substitute for bleach. Pour it on the stain and let it act. Sodium percarbonate is also an excellent disinfectant and you can also use it for household cleaning.

White vinegar

In the case of silk, delicate wool or non-washable furnishing fabrics, try moistening a cloth or sponge with a few drops of white vinegar and dabbing to absorb lipstick stains. Then always rinse with a cloth soaked in warm water. Vinegar is a useful remedy for breaking down lipstick.

remove lipstick stains with white vinegar.
For delicate white fabrics, try a sponge soaked in white vinegar.

Eco-friendly dish detergent

If the stain is dry and you cannot act immediately, pre-treat it with dish detergent, which is naturally ecological! Ideal for stains that have already dried on different types of fabrics.

A cream made from aspirin paste

Another home system is an aspirin-based paste. It is made by crushing 2 or 3 aspirins and mixing them with enough water to form a paste. Once this operation has been done, spread the paste on the stain, leave to rest for 30 minutes, then wash by hand or in the washing machine, as required by the nature of the garment. The salicylic acid in aspirin is a light acid that helps dissolve the stain and works on the lipstick stain without damaging the fabrics.

Baking soda

The same thing goes for baking soda. You can create a paste by adding water to a tablespoon of baking soda and applying it to the stain for half an hour. Use a cloth or cotton ball to gently rub and remove the stain.

Finally, after treating the stain, do a good wash in the washing machine to finish your operations.

Remember: All these remedies can be useful, but always remember to read the labels carefully and evaluate the type of fabric you are working on. Furthermore, always start on a non-visible portion of fabric to test the first effects. With a little trial and error, you can discover the perfect natural solution for eliminating even the most stubborn lipstick stains, saving your clothes and avoiding harsh chemical cleaners.

A final note for delicate fabrics

An additional tip for delicate fabrics is to place a layer of absorbent paper or rags under the fabric before applying any stain-resistant treatment. This prevents the stain from getting to the other side.

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