How to Remove Lipstick Stains from Clothing

What You'll Need
A roll of paper towels or clean, lint-free white cotton cloths
Dish detergent
Denatured alcohol
Juice from freshly squeezed lemons
Used, but clean toothbrush with medium to hard bristles

With a little planning, patience and the proper materials, it's not too difficult to remove lipstick stains from clothing. Try to get to treating the stain right away, especially if it's caused by one of those long-lasting lipsticks or stains meant to stay on for 8 or more hours. Ideally, you should treat the stain before you iron the article of clothing or put it in the dryer. The heat will set the colors into the fabric, making them more difficult to remove.

Step 1 - Clear the Room

Unless you plan to remove the lipstick stains the natural way using just lemon juice, it's important to clear children and pets from the room before you begin to work on your clothes. WD-40, hairspray and ammonia tend to have very strong odors, and denatured alcohol is especially toxic smelling since it's ethanol and highly poisonous. It's used in camping stoves and often includes other additives. Denatured alcohol is available at any store where you can buy camping equipment.

Open windows and work in an area that's large enough for the air to flow. You may have to complete a few treatments, so the smell can get very strong and it can also linger for a while. Keep windows open while you work and leave them open for at least 30 to 60 minutes after you've finished.

If you have sensitive skin, you may also want to put on ultra-thin disposable rubber gloves, the kind similar to the type you use when dyeing hair.

Step 2 - Prepare the Clothes to Remove the Lipstick Stains

Work on a solid flat surface to reduce the chance of smearing the stain and making it worse. Place the stained cloth face down on a folded white cotton cloth or several thick white paper towels. When using cloths, always use white; the dye in a colored cloth might transfer to your article of clothing as you remove the stain.

Place the lipstick stain face down on clean white paper towels or a folded clean white rag. Always use white so that you do not transfer the color from the rag or paper towels to your clothing.

Step 3 - Begin the Stain Removal Process

Soak another clean white cloth or thick paper towel with your cleaner of choice. It could be lemon juice, for a more natural way to remove the stain, or ammonia or denatured alcohol. If using hairspray, simply spray the product on the fabric. Do the same if you use WD-40 oil.

When using the harsher products, make sure you test it in an inconspicuous area on the clothing to make sure it won't damage the fabric.  Avoid ammonia or denatured alcohol on delicate fabrics.

Blot the stain. Do not rub it. Hard and embedded stains may need to be gently brushed with a toothbrush. As the lipstick stain comes out of the fabric it will leave a mark on the paper towel/cloth underneath it. When you no longer see a marks on your paper, run warm water through the opposite side of the stain. Hand wash with dish detergent and rinse.

Repeat as necessary using another cleaner if the first one didn't work. Then launder the clothing as usual.