How to remove lipstick stains

How to remove lipstick stains

Lipstick stains rank pretty high among the most-difficult-to-remove category, as they’re not only brightly coloured, but also contain dozens of ingredients that all leave different types of stains on your shirt, like oils, waxes and pigments, which can actually dye the fabric permanently. That’s why you’ll have to act fast and use a high-quality washing detergent such as Ariel, which is equipped with the range of active ingredients necessary for effective stain removal. Read our comprehensive guide on mastering the art of lipstick stain removal with Ariel.

This is what you’ll find below:

6 simple steps on how to remove lipstick stain from clothes

Lipstick works best for you when it’s on your lips, not on your favourite white blouse. Follow Ariel’s step-by-step lipstick stain removal guide to get rid of that unattractive smudge of lipstick from your garment for good.

  • 1

    Remove excess lipstick stain

    Grab a paper towel and a spoon and try to scrape off as much of the lipstick stain as you possibly can without spreading it further, then turn the garment inside out and rinse under lukewarm, running water.

    Remove excess
  • 2


    For optimal lipstick stain removal, consider pouring a bit of Ariel Washing Powder laundry detergent directly onto the stain.

  • 3


    Use Ariel Matic Liquid laundry detergent, and always make sure to check dosage instructions on your pack to learn more about how to use and dose liquid detergents.

  • 4


    Add the lipstick-stained garment directly into the drum of your washing machine alongside similar clothes in terms of colour and fabric type, using the palm trick to determine if your load is the right size.

  • 5


    Wash the clothes on the usual cycle, on the hottest water temperature indicated on the garments’ fabric care label.

  • 6


    When the wash cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately, or within 2 hours for optimal freshness.


In case the lipstick stain is still visible, run the garment through another wash before it has time to dry, as that will just set the stain further in.

Red lipstick stain accident on white shirt
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Your FAQs about lipstick stain removal

Do you want to know more about removing lipstick stains from clothes? Ariel has got your back! Below, you can find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about lipstick-stained clothing: