Have you ever smudged foundation on your collar, dropped a mascara wand on your pants, or spilled hair dye on your shirt? We’ve all had our makeup mishaps, but it’s possible to clean up the mess with these stain-fighting solutions.


Spritz your lipstick stain with hair spray and let sit for 10 minutes. Then, dab with a sponge, and throw in the wash. If your clothing is dry-clean only, try using a piece of tape to transfer the stain away. You can also use baby powder, chalk, or baking soda to remove oil- and wax-based lipsticks.

Nail polish is easier to remove than you think. If you accidentally spill, let the polish dry on your fabric first, then stick clear packing tape over the stain. Rip off the tape like a wax strip and the polish comes off easily!

Pretreat powder and liquid-foundation spills with a clarifying product like shaving cream or shampoo.

Removing mascara requires different intervention.  Because it is oil based, an oil solvent from a dry cleaning establishment works the best. Let dry, brush off the residue, and launder per care label instructions.

Remove hair dye stains from clothes by blotting the stain with isopropyl alcohol until the stain is removed.  You can also use turpentine, lighter fluid, and mineral spirits on certain fabrics. Launder or dry clean per care label instructions. If chlorine bleach is safe for the fabric, mix a solution of 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach per gallon of cool water and soak for 30 minutes.  Rinse, and then launder.

To remove Self-Tanner stains from clothinggrab a baby wipe, which will be safe to use on almost any kind of fabric, and will remove a new self-tanner stain effectively.

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