Ever had some lipstick on the sleeve of your new shirt and quickly want to remove it? We have come up with an amazing guide containing several methods that should do the job.  Let’s get rid of that lipstick smudge.

The Problem with Removing Lipstick Stains

What makes lipsticks so sticky and difficult to remove? Lipsticks contain dozens of ingredients, which mostly fall in to these basic categories.

  • Oils
  • Waxes
  • Pigments

Now even if you consider these three separately, stains from these three are quite difficult to get rid of. However, in this situation, you have a stain that contains a combination of all three. Stains from these three might take various cleaners to help remove the stains completely.

Usually, to wash out oil, you would need degreasers. For waxes, you would need solvents, but pigments mostly stay behind even after using these two. For pigments, you might need oxidizers to completely remove them.

One big issue when it comes to lipstick stains is that you will not notice them right away. This means the stain would get plenty of time to set in and would get firm. This makes it even more difficult for us to remove them.

To get the best cleaning results, make sure you act quickly when trying to remove them.

Home Remedies for Lipstick Stain Removal

Before you start cleaning, make sure find out the fabric type, its specifications and other requirements. This is because many fabric materials require special treatment such as dry cleaning. In such cases, you should take them directly to the dry cleaner professional or wait for the last tip in this passage.

They best tip when removing the lipstick smudge is to work from the outer edge of the stain inwards.

Stain Removal Steps

  1. Place the fabric item on a clean towel or a material that you won mind absorbing the lipstick stain. Make sure the stain is facing downwards.
  2. Dab any of the substances listed below onto the back of the stain on the fabric.
  3. Use another paper towel or a clean cloth to apply pressure to the fabric which will push the cleaning solution and hence the stain into the paper towel under it.
  4. Keep replacing the paper towel under the stain so that it keep absorbing the traces of lipstick stain and does not spread the stain while doing it.
  5. Once the stain is gone, rinse the garment under running water and launder as you do it normally. Your piece of garment is now ready to be worn again.

Rubbing Alcohol

You can begin with alcohol, as it is an excellent solvent. Do not rub it on the stain or you will spread the smudge further. Take a clean piece of cloth and blot the lipstick stain, which will make the stain go away.

Liquid Dishwashing Detergent

Liquid dishwashing agents are another amazing home remedy. Use a good one that is known to fight grease. For this dab the stain onto the detergent solution and leave for 10 minutes. Now start working on the stain starting at the edges, inwards.

You can use shampoo, laundry detergent or any other cleanser, but make sure it does not have any lighteners, or bleach.


Ammonia is another good remedy to remove lipstick smudges. Almost everyone has ammonia at his or her house for cleaning. If you dont, you can grab it for a few dollars at the nearest grocery store.

Start with trying to remove as much of stain as you can with water. Once you are done, you can use ammonia. Moisten a cotton swab with ammonia and dab it on the stain. You will see it slowly fade away. Now you can wash the garment, as you normally do, before you can wear it.


This might sound like an unfamiliar remedy to remove the lipstick smudges. But it is an amazing one. One reason is that WD-40 does not harm the fabric like any other harsh detergents or bleaches would do. All you would need to do is to place the stain part of the shirt on a paper towel, and spray WD-40 on the stain from behind. You should see the stain magically start to fade. You can dab with another cloth moistened with WD-40 to make the process faster. Once you are done, you might need to rinse the fabric again to wash off the constituents of WD-40 spray.

Mostly all you need is a clean moistened cloth with warm water to fade the stain away, but if it has been there for a while, it might become firm and difficult to get rid of. In those cases, you would need any of the above remedies to remove the lipstick smudge. However, we would recommend using WD-40 as it is the easiest and causes no harm to the fabric as compared to the rest.