How to Remove Lipstick From Cotton Blend Fabric

Written by lynn lauren
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Sometimes, even with the most careful preparation, a woman may get lipstick on a cotton blend outfit. Other times, when giving a hug or kiss hello, a man may inadvertently get lipstick on his collar. Lipstick can be difficult to remove from cotton blend fabrics if done improperly. But there are several successful methods available for removing lipstick from cotton blend fabrics.

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Things you need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White Cloth
  • Liquid dish-washing detergent
  • Ammonia
  • Cotton balls

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  1. 1

    Pre-treat the stain if you are away from home. Blot, do not rub, the stain with a wet hand towel. This should lighten the stain and make it less noticeable.

  2. 2

    Moisten a clean, white cloth with rubbing alcohol. Blot the lipstick stain and it should quickly disappear.

  3. 3

    Place a few drops of a grease-fighting liquid detergent on the stain. Allow it to set for a few minutes and then gently blot the stain from the outside edges with a clean cloth, working your way inward until it is removed.

  4. 4

    Blot off as much of the lipstick as possible with water. Pour ammonia on a cotton ball and apply it to the stain.

  5. 5

    Soak the item in warm, soapy water. Use a grease-fighting liquid detergent as the soap for the mixture.

Tips and warnings

  • An old trick used by many is to spray hairspray on the lipstick stain. Allow the item to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and wipe off the stain with a white cloth dampened with warm water.
  • Do not dry your item of clothing until the stain is removed. If you have to try more than one stain removal option, or send it through multiple washes in the washing machine, do so before drying. Drying the item in the dryer sets the stain.

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