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How to remove lip gloss stains from clothing

Updated April 17, 2017

You're surrounded by it every day, and you could unknowingly become its next victim: lip gloss. No matter how careful women are when putting on their clothes, there is always a chance that the slightest brush against a glossy lip can unintentionally end up on their clothes. Men aren't exempt from lip gloss stains either. A light, glossy kiss on the cheek can easily end up on their clothes if they absentmindedly touch their faces. Lip gloss-stained clothes may seem like a hopeless, greasy mess. However, you may be able to salvage them with proper care.

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  1. Scrape off excess amounts of lip gloss using a plastic utensil or the edge of a credit card.

  2. Pre-treat the stain with a solvent or any other pretreat detergent that targets grease or oil stains.

  3. Wash the lip gloss-stained clothing in hot water.

  4. Pre-treat the dried lip gloss stain again with a solvent if it was not completely removed during the first laundering attempt.

  5. Re-wash the clothing in the hottest water available on your washer.

  6. Air-dry the clothing.

  7. Tip

    If the lip gloss stain is on silk clothing, place adhesive tape over the stain instead of scraping it with a plastic utensil. The tape will be gentler on the fabric than the friction caused by scraping. If you have to wash the garment again, try pretreating the stain differently. Apply a dry-cleaning solvent to a clean white cloth and blot the stain. Place another white cloth under the stain to avoid possible transference to the other side of the clothing.


    Don't dry lip gloss-stained articles of clothing in the dryer without removing the stain first. The lip gloss oils may get trapped in your dryer and transfer onto later loads of clothes. Avoid drying clothes stained with lip gloss with excessive heat. The heat may cause the stain to set in further. Hairspray, WD-40, dish detergent, rubbing alcohol and vegetable oil are some of the many at-home suggestions for removing lip gloss stains. While some of these products may be effective at removing lip gloss stains from clothing, there is a chance that they may worsen the stain. Lip glosses are composed of many chemicals and oils. It is impossible to tell how these chemicals will react to compounds not specifically made to treat stains.

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic utensil or credit card
  • Solvent
  • Washing powder
  • Washer
  • Adhesive tape (optional)
  • 2 white cloths (optional)

About the Author

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown began writing in 2005 for “The Albrightian,” the student newspaper of Albright College. The same year, she began working as a writing tutor and editor for the school's writing center. Brown holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Delaware.

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