Right, lipstick. Don’t let its angry, vicious redness (or pinkness; or blackness, you goth child) scare you. We’ve all come home from a night out to find our favorite shirt sporting a bright lipstick stain. We’ve spent hours getting ready for a hot date, only to find that that perky lipstick has streaked across our dress and that no one will like us now and we will die alone (we’re a little melodramatic but have a heart of gold). If you’re a mom, you’ve probably ruined your child’s clothes with painted kisses at some point.
We get it—and we’re here to help. So here is a tried and tested method to take out lipstick stains. Lipstick is usually a pretty thick formulation, which means the stain ends up sitting at the top of the fabric instead of seeping into it. It is heavily pigmented and this pigment is our mortal enemy. It is always a good idea to scratch out excess lipstick from the cloth using something with a sharp edge like a blade or a credit card. Now that you have removed all but what is actually the stain, do this next
- Rub-a-dub-dub: This is where you pre treat the stain using a stain remover. Try the brand Vanish that is easily available in stores. Now, Vanish is available as a powder so, mix some of it in enough water to make a paste. Turn the garment inside out and rub in the Vanish and water paste into the stain from the edges to the inside.
- The blitzkrieg: Pre-soak the stain in the all-star cleaning agent: vinegar mixed with water and soap for an hour. After the hour is up, blot the stain.
- The final blow: Launder normally, either by hand or in the washing machine.
And voila! That glaring stain has now been obliterated. It has been decimated. It has perished entirely. As you celebrate its demise, here’s Connie Smith Crooning about the man who didn’t read our blog.