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:

  • Popular for its natural cleaning properties, vinegar can be used as a DIY stain removal solution together with a dishwashing detergent and some warm water:

    1. Mix one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent with one tablespoon of white distilled vinegar and two cups of warm water.

    2. Using a clean cloth, blot the lipstick stain with the solution and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

    3. Dip another cloth in cold water, gently sponge the stain, then blot dry with a paper towel.

    Please note that a high-quality detergent like Ariel Matic Powder will always deliver a more superior stain removal, since it is specifically designed to give you impeccably clean clothes.

  • While not as effective at stain removal as a laundry detergent, using hairspray to get rid of a bit of lipstick from your blouse can be a good on-the-go solution to a messy makeup accident. Simply spray the hairspray onto the lipstick-stained area and let it sit for 15 minutes. Now, take a clean cloth and dip it in warm water, then wipe off the stain. Be careful not to smudge further.

  • Removing lipstick stains from a bed sheet is easy. Just carefully scrape off any solid pieces of lipstick from the fabric with the help of a spoon and a paper towel, then use Ariel Matic Powder to wash your garment on the usual settings in cold water.

  • Yes, but you’ll still have to wash your lipstick-stained garment in the washing machine. In case you’d still like to give the rubbing alcohol method a try, here’s what you should do:

    1. Dampen a clean white cloth with rubbing alcohol.

    2. Blot the stain carefully to remove lipstick residues.

    3. Rinse the treated area well with cool water.

    Lipstick stains are not the only thing in your makeup case that can leave behind unwanted stains. Makeup stains and pesky nail polish stains can also become a challenge when it comes to stain removal, but luckily with Ariel, you’ll see outstanding stain removal results from the first wash.