How to Get Lipstick Out of Clothes (Try This First!)

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The right lipstick can help transform your look and bring out your strongest facial features. Unfortunately, red or dark lipstick meant to enhance your facial features can ruin your outfit and your day!

The truth is, applying lipstick is not as easy as it appears. The slightest movement at the wrong time could cause it to get smudged on your dress. So what do you do when you accidentally get lipstick stains on your favorite garment? 

In this article, we’re going to explain How to Get Lipstick Out of Clothes.

When you find yourself with a lipstick stain, you need to do it right. If not cleaned correctly, you can easily spread the stain and make it worse.

Fortunately, with the tips provided in this article, removing lipstick stains from your clothes or other fabrics does not have to be difficult.


Removing Lipstick Stains From Clothes

Have you recently stained your clothes by accident and are looking for a safe remedy? Nowadays, lipstick often contains dyes and petroleum-based ingredients, making it harder to remove the stains once it sticks to the fabric. 

When you accidentally spill lipstick on your clothes, excuse yourself and look for a remedy as soon as possible.

The longer lipstick stays on the fabric, the tougher it is to remove. This is the case

A lipstick stain can occur on your clothes whether or not you use it.

It only takes the slightest contact with a person wearing lipstick during a hug or a kiss for it to stick on your favorite attire.

So, knowing how to remove lipstick stains is essential, regardless of whether we’re talking about your favorite outfit, your mirror, or your carpets at home.

It’s worth mentioning that some fabrics may not be suited for some of the lipstick removal techniques we will list in this article. With that in mind, ensure you check your cloth label for any particular care instructions for that fabric.

Some fabrics may not be suited for some of the lipstick removal techniques we will list in this article. With that in mind, ensure you check your cloth label for any particular care instructions for that fabric.

Also, repeat the same process by checking your cleaning products and detergents for any chemicals that may damage cloth fabric.

How to Get Lipstick Out of Clothes

Below are some of the steps and materials to be used when removing lipstick stains from cloth fabric:

1. Regular Dish Soap

Dish soap does a great job cleaning your dishes, but surprisingly, has other uses as well. It works extremely well to remove pigments and even can even tackle hair dye.

Although bleaching products contain stain removal ingredients capable of removing the toughest lipstick stains, applying bleach on cloth, especially colored fabric, can cause more damage than good.

Unlike most bleaching products, regular liquid dish soap can be just as effective as bleach without causing discolorations on colorful fabric.

Unlike most bleaching products, regular liquid dish soap can be just as effective as bleach without causing discolorations on colorful fabric.

Since there is a high possibility that the lipstick you are using contains natural oils, it’s wise to use a dish soap that is effective at combating greasy stains.

Follow these steps to remove lipstick spots from clothes using dish soap:

Begin by scraping away any excess lipstick from your cloth. Do this carefully to ensure the excess lipstick does not spread over to adjacent areas and result in an even bigger mess.

  1. Place a towel on or other absorbent material on the ground where you’ll lay the stained cloth. The stained part should be facing downwards so the paper towel can effectively absorb the water and soap solution. 
  2. Use a small cap to apply lukewarm water to the stain, and repeat the same process with the liquid soap.  
  3. Swap the paper towel frequently as it absorbs the lipstick stains to prevent them from spreading to other areas of your clothing.
  4. Wait for the soap to stay on for 5-10 minutes. The bigger the stain, the longer you should wait. We recommend waiting for 10-15 minutes if the stain stays on the cloth for a long time before taking action. 
  5. When you have waited long enough, use a soft cloth to rub off the stain gently. Keep rinsing and repeating this process until most of the stain is gone.

Once you are satisfied with the results, throw the cloth into the washing machine and launder. 

2. Lemon Juice and Baking Soda Paste

Most people have lemon and baking soda at home, making this method easier if you happen to be at home when you stain your clothes. Lemon contains acid, which is very good at combating tough lipstick stains.

  1. First, squeeze the lemon to generate plenty of lemon juice
  2. Mix the lemon juice with baking soda until it forms a viscous paste
  3. Place your clothes inside the washing machine and start cleaning
  4. Leave the wet clothes in the sun to dry up

3. Hairspray

Hairspray contains alcohol, which is very effective at breaking down tough stains. When choosing a hairspray intended for stain removal, go for one that is less modern. Old-school hairspray contains a higher alcohol concentration and thus will yield better results.

Spray the hairspray on the part of your cloth with stains and leave it there for at least 10 minutes. Damp a clean piece of cloth with warm water, and then gently wipe off the stains from your cloth.

When most of the stain has come off, launder your cloth as you normally would when cleaning.

4. Detergent

Liquid detergent is very effective in combating tough stains. You should opt for this immediately if you accidentally smear lipstick on white fabric. 

  • Begin by using a blunt object to scrape off excess lipstick carefully
  • Measure a small amount of liquid detergent and apply it to the stained part. For the best results, ensure you do the same on both sides of the stain.
  • Gently rub off the stain as you place your cloth on running tap water.
  • Wash the garment and check for stains before drying it.

5. Rubbing (Denatured) Alcohol

Before you apply rubbing alcohol to the stained area, ensure you start by checking the composition of your cloth fabric. As a safety precaution, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to an obscure area of your cloth and note how it reacts with the material. 

If it doesn’t cause any noticeable damage, proceed with following the steps: 

  • Start by removing any excess lipstick from your cloth
  • Pick a clean white piece of cloth or cotton and dampen it with alcohol
  • Smear the cotton ball or piece of cloth onto the stain (Don’tDon’t rub or apply to match pressure when doing this)
  • Damp an extra piece of white cloth with cool water and use it to rub off stains 
  • Wash your cloth and let it dry  


Due to tough lipstick stains, you don’t have to throw away your favorite blouse, shirt, dress, or other piece of fabric. By following all the simple steps we have provided in this article, you can effectively remove any stain at home using affordable detergents or homemade stain removers. 

Just remember to read your cloth manufacturer’s instructions first to know which of the listed methods is safe to use on your fabric.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).