Lipstick Stain Removal Advice and Tips

For a quick, easy and effective removal of lipstick stains from white or colored items of clothing reach for Clorox, Tide or Arm & Hammer

Clorox2 Arm & Hammer OxiClean Tide Original

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A quick search on the internet will reveal hosts of lipstick stain removal techniques that you can employ if you’ve fallen foul of a messy lipstick stain. Below you will find a comprehensive list of these different methods any one of which could help you out. Forearmed is forewarned so rather than wait for an inevitable stain to occur prepare yourself now by stocking your home with an effective stain remover. Clorox, Tide and Arm & Hammer are trusted brands providing deep cleaning detergents for both colored and white clothing. Stock their products in your kitchen and be sure of always having a stain solution to hand. Suitable for a whole range of different stains.

If you don’t already have any of the above products and are looking for a lipstick stain remover on the run then the cleaning tips below might help you out in a crunch. We cannot personally vouch for the effectiveness of any of these methods and you try them out at your own risk. Sometimes, however, beggars can’t be choosers and acting quickly can make the difference between completely removing a stain and never getting your garment completely clean. Good luck!

Lipstick Stain Cleaning Tips

A couple of tips before you get started. Firstly when any kind of stain does crop up do try to treat the problem as soon as possible. As a rule of thumb, the fresher the stain the easier it is to remove. Secondly prepare your cleaning area well. Have all your cleaning products to hand and work on top of a damp towel to prevent the spread of the stain to other parts of the fabric.

Shaving cream

Shaving cream or foam is a nice gentle soapy solution and a good place to start. Ease a controlled amount of cream onto the stain and very gently massage it in. Scrubbing is rarely the way forward with stains and can either damage the material or work the stain further in. Now rinse with cold water.

Bar of soap

If shaving cream is too gentle then the next step up is a bar of soap. Wet the bar and use it, again gently, to produce lather over the stain then, as before, rinse with water.

Glycerin or denatured alcohol

One of the reasons that lipstick is so problematic is because of its oily greasy consistency. Both Glycerin and alcohol can help to break down and loosen the stain thus making it easier to remove. Apply the Glycerin as you have done for the soap and saving cream, if it starts to break up the stain then launder the item as normal. Alcohol is the strongest of these solutions and can produce some strong fumes so use carefully and apply to a cleaning cloth and dab at the stain, then launder as normal. You can buy Glycerin from a health food store and Alcohol from your local hardware store.

If you don’t have any of these products then you may as well buy in any one of the cleaning detergents shown at the top of this page or browse and buy any other of your favorite brands by clicking here.

Lipstick Removal Products

At the top of this page we highlight three great products that will help you with your stains. In this article we look  in more depth at these products so you can choose which is best for you.

Clorox 2 Free Stain Fighter & Color Booster: Click for more reviews and to buy

Clorox 2 Free Stain Fighter & Color Booster is specifically formulated to work on tough stains and keep your clothes bright.  An added bonus is that Clorox 2 is dermatologist-tested for sensitive skin and is available in Original, Lavender, Fresh Meadow or in Free & Clear (free of perfume and dyes) options.  The manufacturers claim that it can deal with all kinds of stains, including lipstick stains and ink stains, and is safe to use on colors and fabrics.  Clorox 2 is simple to use, either to pre-treat tough stains or to boost dingy clothes by using it as a pre-soak in your wash – simply follow the instructions on the pack for best results.


Product claims to work on: lipstick stains, grass stains, ink stains, spaghetti sauce, red wine, berry juice, general dirt.


Added Bonus: suitable for sensitive skin.


Arm & Hammer Power Gel Laundry Detergent plus OxiClean Stain Fighters

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Arm & Hammer Power Gel plus OxiClean Stain Fighters is a multi-enzyme formula that the manufacturers claim will saturate and break through stains for a deep clean. The addition of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda helps freshen, while the gel formula works to remove the toughest stains the first time. It can also be used to pre-treat stubborn stains.  This new gel formula is also designed to quickly dissolve in the wash, and then rinse clean, leaving no residue behind. A great extra with this formula is that because it is phosphate-free, it can be used in households where there is a septic tank.

Product claims to work on: most stains, always test on inside seam for colorfastness first.


Added Bonus: ideal for septic tanks – contains no phosphates



Tide Original Scent with Acti-Lift: Click for more reviews and to buy

According to the manufacturers the Tide with Acti-Lift formula contains active ingredients that help lift off stains with ease. Acti-Lift has three parts: a cleaning enzyme for deep cleaning so that stains lift off more easily, a cleaning polymer designed to boost Tide’s cleaning surfactant to help break-up dry stains and lift them from fabrics, and a whiteness booster which refreshes your white clothing items (though it can be used with color fabrics too). Tide also promises an environmentally friendly solution as the packages are recyclable and bottles are made from at least 25% recycled plastic, and the formula is also phosphate-free and made of biodegradable soaps that make it safe for septic systems. The Acti-Lift formula is also available in a number of other Tide detergent products to suit your laundry needs, and an added extra is the very popular certified frustration-free packaging which allows you to easily measure out and pour the product.


Product claims to work on: most fresh stains, but it may not work as well on very old, dried-on stains

Added Bonus: ideal for septic tanks – contains no phosphates, and the certified frustration-free packaging