How Do You Remove Lipstick Stains From a Load of Laundry?

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Remove lipstick stains from a load of laundry by applying a stain remover to each stain and employing stronger stain removal methods as required. You need a stain remover, an enzyme detergent, a dry cleaning solvent, ammonia, absorbent pads, a tamping brush and an eyedropper. Light stains can be removed in 20 minutes or less.

  1. Sort the laundry

    Sort clean clothes from soiled ones. Sort the soiled items into piles based on the number and severity of the staining. Address each stain individually, first by scraping off any excess lipstick with a dull knife.

  2. Pre-treat for stain removal

    Apply a stain remover directly to each stain and rinse it with warm water. If the stain is removed, launder the item in hot water. If color remains, soak the item with an enzyme based detergent, following package directions, for one hour. Wash the item immediately after soaking it.

  3. Treat stubborn stains with dry cleaning solvent

    Work on a flat surface in a well ventilated area. Saturate the stain with dry cleaning solvent, and blot the excess with a clean, absorbent pad. Allow the solvent to evaporate, and wash the item.

  4. Remove the most persistent stains with ammonia

    Moisten the stain with water and apply a few drops of ammonia with an eyedropper. Tamp and blot the stain with an absorbent pad. Rinse the item well, and launder it promptly.