How to Get Lip Gloss Out Of Clothes – 5 Tips To Try Now!

by Charlotte Davies
The Lip Gloss Scoop

This post unravels the mystery behind safely removing lip gloss stains from your cherished garments. By the end, you’ll be equipped with not just one but several expert techniques to keep your clothes looking as pristine as ever. So, let’s dive in and tackle those glossy foes together!

The Lip Gloss Scoop: What’s Really Inside That Tube?

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We’ve all been there – swiping on our favorite lip gloss before heading out, only to later find that some of it has sneakily made its way onto our clothes, cushions, or even the couch! Before we dive into those life-saving hacks to rid your beloved items of those glossy marks, let’s delve into what makes lip gloss… well, glossy.

Inside the Tube: A Cocktail of Ingredients 

Behind that perfect shine and color is a medley of harmonious components. Waxes, be it beeswax, carnauba, or candelilla, meld with oils like the nurturing jojoba or castor seed to create the perfect base. Pigments? Think titanium dioxide, mica, and iron oxide bringing forth those vibrant or subtle shades. And who can forget those hydrating heroes: shea butter and vitamin E, ensuring our lips stay soft and moisturized?

Why Is My Couch Wearing My Lip Gloss? 

Admit it, you’ve wondered this at least once. Blame it on the creamy consistency of lip gloss. Packed with oils, they’re slipperier than traditional lipsticks, hence more prone to going astray. Plus, that inherent stickiness doesn’t help. Your lips love it, but your furnishings? Not so much.

Lip Gloss + Clothes: How to Make Amends

Lip Gloss + Clothe
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Alright, here’s where things get juicy (pun intended). Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of lip gloss accidents, but with every mishap comes wisdom. Here are some tried and true remedies for those unruly stains:

Dish Soap Magic

Dish Soap
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The first line of defense! Plunge the stained piece into warm water mixed with a splash of dish soap. If the color is persistent, a dab of rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover might do the trick. But always remember to rinse and wash after. Pro tip: I once saved a favorite silk blouse with this method after a lip gloss fiasco at a party.

The Power of White Vinegar 

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A kitchen staple with amazing cleaning prowess! Blend equal parts white vinegar and baking soda into a paste. Apply, wait for about 20 minutes, and rinse. Voila! It always worked wonders on my cotton tees.

Rubbing Alcohol, The Stain Slayer 

Diluted rubbing alcohol can be your next go-to. Dab it, let it sit, and rinse. Sometimes, I follow up with dish soap for any leftover residue. And yes, this saved my white jeans once.

Trusty Dishwashing Liquid 

Run the stain under cold water, then apply a little dishwashing liquid, gently working it in. Rinse, repeat if needed, and you’re good to go. For the adamant stains, a final hot wash might be required.

Baking Soda Magic 

Baking Soda
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Ever been in a rush, swiped on a bold lip, and then whoops… got a smudge on your white tee? Me too! Start by gently scraping off excess lip gloss with something like the back of a butter knife. Whip up a baking soda and water paste, slather it on the stain, and let it chill for about 30 minutes. Once dry, rinse it off with warm water and your usual laundry detergent, and voila! It’s like it never happened.

All-Purpose Stain Remover: The Hero We Need 

When in doubt, trust the all-purpose stain remover. Make sure the stained area is wet with cold water. Now, generously coat the stain with the remover and massage it with your fingertips. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before washing. Pro tip: I’ve tackled fierce red lip stains with this method after a long night out.

Lemon Juice Lift 

Lemon Juice
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Who knew that our favorite summer squeeze could double as a stain fighter? Dampen a cloth with a bit of lemon juice, and dab, dab away at that stain. Top it off with washing-up liquid, and throw it into your usual wash. This method is not just refreshing but also super practical.

Laundry Detergent To The Rescue 

Laundry Detergent
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Oldie but goodie! Start by scraping away as much lip gloss as you can. Pre-treat the area with your handy laundry detergent and let it sit. Wash on hot and, for an added boost, throw in some white vinegar. I’ve had great success with this one, especially those super-pigmented lip shades.

Shaving Cream Surprise

Shaving Cream
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You read it right! A dab of shaving cream can be your unsung hero when it comes to lip gloss disasters. Rub it in, let it sit, rinse, and you’re good to go. And the best part? It’s budget-friendly and gentle on those delicate fabrics.

Ammonia: The Heavy Lifter 

Is for those stubborn stains. Mix equal parts ammonia and cold water, dab it onto the stained area, and let it do its magic. Remember to always check the care label before using ammonia on your garments. It’s powerful but should be used with care.

When Lip Gloss Attacks: Immediate Action Steps

Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of makeup mishaps. It’s simpler to bid adieu to those lip gloss stains. First up, don’t stress! Gently scrape off any excess with a butter knife or spoon. A quick dab with a cold, damp cloth can be a lifesaver. If the pesky stain is playing hard to get, show it who’s boss with some liquid laundry detergent or a stain remover. I swear by soaking the item in an oxygen-based bleach solution for the incredibly stubborn smudges. Once you’ve waged your battle, air-dry your clothing to ensure the stain’s gone before giving it a complete wash.

Safeguarding Your Outfit from Lip Gloss Villains

Remember when I smudged lip gloss on my pristine white shirt during a photoshoot? Lessons were learned! Using a lip brush can be a game-changer, ensuring the gloss stays where it’s meant to be. For those breezy days, swap your gloss for a lip balm. And if you still land in sticky territory, a nifty combo of dish soap, white vinegar, and baking soda should do the trick. For the grand mishaps (think: lip gloss explosion in the bag), it’s okay to call in the pros and head to a dry cleaner.

The Lipstick Stain Showdown Removing lipstick?

Now that’s a bit trickier. Start by soaking the fabric in warm water with laundry detergent. A dab of shaving cream can be surprisingly effective at breaking down those intense lipstick pigments, and still waiting? Reach for rubbing alcohol or even nail polish remover. And if you’ve got a particularly tough stain on your hands, remember that professional dry cleaners are the unsung heroes of the fashion world.

Can You Wing It in the Washing Machine?

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Tempting as it may be, don’t just toss that lip gloss-stained garment in the washing machine and hope for the best. Take a minute to blot away the gloss with a paper towel or cloth. Pre-treat with a robust laundry detergent and let it sit for a bit. Once you’re ready to wash, stick to a gentle cycle with cold water. And if you’re still grappling with that stain, consider a specialized stain remover before your next wash.

Eco-friendly Alternatives for Stain Removal:

1. White Vinegar & Cornstarch: Vinegar is not just a kitchen staple; it’s a wonder worker for stains too. Mix white vinegar with cornstarch to create a paste. Apply this mixture onto the stain and let it sit for a while before washing it off. The acidic nature of vinegar helps in breaking down the stain, while cornstarch absorbs the oils.

2. Lemon Juice: An age-old natural bleach, lemon juice can help lift those lipstick stains. Dab a bit onto the stain and gently rub. Rinse with cold water before washing. The citric acid in lemon acts as a gentle bleaching agent without the harmful effects of chemical bleaches.

3. Salt: For fresh stains, sprinkling a generous amount of salt can help. The salt crystals absorb and lift the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes and then brush off the salt before rinsing.

4. Aloe Vera: Yes, your sunburn savior can help here too! Pure aloe vera gel, especially the fresh one, can be applied to the stain. Its enzymatic properties help break down the stain particles. Let it sit for an hour and then wash off.

5. Plant-based Detergents: Choose laundry detergents that are derived from plant-based ingredients. They are not only gentle on the environment but also on your fabrics. Plus, many of them are specifically designed to combat tough stains.

6. Soap Nuts: These are natural berries that produce soap-like suds. They have been used for centuries as a natural laundry detergent. Simply boil them in water to extract the natural detergent and use this liquid on your stains. It’s a renewable resource and completely biodegradable.

7. Club Soda: The carbonation in club soda can help lift and break down the stain particles. Dabbing a bit of club soda on a fresh lipstick stain can be surprisingly effective!

8. Reusable Cloth Instead of Paper Towels: Instead of blotting stains with paper towels, opt for reusable cloth pieces. They’re not only sustainable but often more effective at absorbing stains.

Bonus Tip: Sunlight is a natural bleaching agent. After using any of the methods above, you can also let the garment dry in direct sunlight to further help in lifting the stain.

So, the next time you face the dreaded lipstick or lip gloss stain, remember Mother Nature has got your back. Not only do these methods protect the planet, but they’re often gentler on our fabrics and our skin, making them a win-win solution!

Quick Fixes for On-the-Go:

1. Hand Sanitizer:
Often found at the bottom of our bags, a dab of hand sanitizer can act as a quick stain lifter due to its alcohol content. Just apply a small amount onto the stain and gently rub with a tissue.

2. Baby Wipes or Makeup Remover Wipes:
These gentle wipes can help lift makeup stains from fabric. Gently blot the stain with a wipe; don’t rub as it can spread the stain.

3. Ice Cube:
If you’re at a restaurant or an event, grab an ice cube. Rubbing it over the stain can help to solidify the lip product, making it easier to gently scrape off.

4. Clear Lip Balm or Gloss: Sounds counterintuitive, right? But sometimes, adding a bit more of a similar substance can help lift the initial stain. Apply a bit, gently rub, and then blot with a napkin.

5. Tape:
If you’re dealing with a powdery or matte lipstick, sometimes a piece of tape can help. Just press the sticky side onto the stain to lift as much of the pigment as possible.

6. Hairspray: If you happen to have some in your bag, spritz a bit onto the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, then blot with a clean cloth or tissue. The alcohol and other solvents in the hairspray can help break down the stain.

7. Blot with Club Soda: If you’re dining out, ask for some club soda. Blotting the stain with club soda can help lift the lipstick, thanks to the carbonation.

8. Salt:
If you’re at a dinner event or near a kitchen, sprinkle some salt onto the stain. The salt granules can help absorb the lip product. Brush it off after a few minutes.

Final Note: Remember, the key is to act swiftly! The quicker you address the stain, the better chance you have of reducing its visibility. And always, always blot – rubbing can spread the stain. Once you’re home, be sure to treat the stain further and wash the garment as needed. Stay stylish and stain-free on the go!


To all the fashion enthusiasts out there: let’s face it, the occasional makeup mishap is just a rite of passage in our world of ever-evolving style. Remember, when faced with a dreaded lip product stain, it’s all about acting swiftly and having the right tools. Whether you’re reaching for baking soda, a lip brush, or seeking professional cleaning help, your beloved clothes can be saved with effort and know-how. While there’s always a slight risk when treating stains (always read those care labels!), it’s empowering to arm ourselves with these remedies. So, next time you face down a streak, stay calm, remember these tips, and restore your outfit to its pristine glory. After all, the best fashionistas aren’t just about the look; it’s about resilience and creativity in the face of little challenges. Stay fabulous and stain-free!

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