How to Remove Old Paint Stains From Clothes

Written by megan richardson
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Paint usually comes out of clothes if it's caught in time. Paint that has time to dry onto fabric, however, is much more difficult to remove. A combination of products like liquid dish soap, turpentine and water can be used to take old paint stains off of clothes.

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Things you need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • 2 cloths
  • Turpentine
  • Washing powder

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  1. 1

    Dampen a cloth and pour a dime-size amount of liquid dish soap onto it.

  2. 2

    Rub the paint-stained area to work up a lather onto the stain.

  3. 3

    Hold the stained fabric under a running faucet to wash off the soap.

  4. 4

    Pour a small amount of turpentine onto another cloth.

  5. 5

    Rub the turpentine onto the old paint stain until it comes out.

  6. 6

    Run the paint-stained clothes through the washing machine with washing powder.

  7. 7

    Air dry the clothes.

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