How to remove tough make up stains from clothes

How to remove tough make up stains from clothes


Foundation, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, nail polish, hair dye – every-day cosmetic products that can make you wonder if things go wrong: how can you remove make-up stains from clothes effectively? They may look scary at first, especially if they have very bright colours, but no need to worry, Ariel is here to help. Read on and follow our step-by-step guide on how to remove lipstick, nail polish, hair dye, and other make-up stains from your favourite clothes. Yes, even white clothes!

This is what you’ll find below:

Most common make-up stains

Here are some of the most common make-up stains you have probably already met:

  • Foundation

  • Eyeliner

  • Lipstick

  • Mascara

  • Nail polish

  • Hair dye

The most common make-up stains don't stand a chance against the power of Ariel

6 steps to remove make-up stains

  • 1

    Prepare a soaking solution

    Pre-treat the make-up-stained garment. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water and add half a scoop of Ariel Washing Powder. Mix the solution by hand until the detergent is completely dissolved.

    Prepare a soaking solution
  • 2


    Add your make-up-stained garments to the solution and leave them to soak for an hour. If they keep floating to the top, place a white towel on top of them to keep them fully immersed in the soaking solution.

  • 3

    Preparing to wash

    Gently wring out the excess water before adding your garments to your wash with similar items.

    Preparing to wash
  • 4


    Add Ariel powder or Ariel liquid detergent based on the instructions on your pack.

  • 5


    Load your garments into the washing machine with other, similar items and wash on your usual cycle, at the highest temperature shown on the care label.

  • 6


    After the wash cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

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FAQs on how to remove make-up stains

  • Any stain on white clothes can be scary at first, and it’s no different when it comes to make-up stains. To remove those stains, simply pre-treat your stained white garments in water mixed with laundry detergent, then wash them as usual.

  • If you have a foundation stain emergency, all you have to do to remove the stain is to pre-treat your white shirt with a soaking solution of water mixed with laundry detergent for an hour, then proceed to wash it as usual.

  • You have a nail polish stain you didn’t notice in time? No problem. To remove it, just scrape off the excess, if possible, then let your garment sit in a soaking solution of water mixed with laundry detergent for an hour, then go on and wash your garment as usual.

  • Toothpaste can help remove nail polish stains, but you need to rub it into your garment and that can damage the fibres. The safest and most effective way to remove nail polish stains is to pre-treat your clothes with a soaking solution, then wash it normally.

  • Using vinegar on a lipstick stain can help lift it, but if you want to be absolutely sure you’re not damaging your garment, use a soaking solution as pre-treatment, then wash it with other, similar items.

  • There is no magic wand to make mascara disappear from your clothes, but there are certain things you can do to lift the stain. If you act quickly enough, putting your garment in a soaking solution of water mixed with laundry detergent will help remove the stain. However, if the stain is persistent, washing your garment afterwards is highly recommended.