Hard Stains: How To Get Foundation Out Of Your Clothes?

Clothes can be a big part of our lives. And the stains on them can be a big nightmare! Starting with keeping them from turning yellow to trying to get rid of lily pollen, mud stains or oil stains the tips are endless. Here comes the foundation! Makeup stains can be a bit of a concern, especially when you find foundation blotches on your favourite dress or a white shirt. But, panicking in such situations is never an option. Not if you want to save the day and get the foundation stains off your clothes. 

Cosmetic stains on woman's shirt

 

Lucky for you, we can help you get rid of all your stubborn stains of the foundation variety – and all you have to do is grab a comfy seat and read. Before we dive into our stain removing techniques, the first step of the process involves figuring out the type of stains you’re dealing with and building up your cleaning method around it. If all this is beginning to sound a little too technical for you, don’t worry. We’ve sorted it all out! Just flip through to the foundation of your choice, and begin your stain removing journey. 

How to get rid of liquid foundation out of clothes

1. Oil-Based Foundation Stains

We’re sure you’re all aware of the eyeliner stains and laundry stain remover trick. But, as far as difficult stains are concerned, oil-based foundation smears are about as tough as they come and require a bit more effort on your part to eliminate. Here’s how!

Stains from oil-based foundation on clothes

Step 1

Grab the stained garment and apply cold water to the foundation smudged area(s). It’s necessary to wet the cloth because it’ll allow any detergent or soap (solvent) you use to spread through the fabric weaves faster and help weaken the stain. If the material is delicate, you can rely on a spray bottle to get the job done. 

Step 2

Next, take a bottle of dish soap liquid and carefully add a drop or two to the area that’s stained, and let the material absorb the soap for a few minutes. If you’re wondering whether you can replace dishwasher detergent with dish soap – it’s not a good idea because dishwasher detergent can be harsh on your clothes. On the other hand, you can replace that soap with liquid hand soap if that’s what you’re comfortable with. 

Step 3

Use a damp cloth or your finger to pat the soap in the material to provide some friction to break up the oil particles inside the liquid foundation. If you feel the stain needs something a bit more sturdy – try using a soft-bristled toothbrush

Dish soap and toothbrysh in a white table

Step 4

After a few minutes, grab a paper towel or an absorbent cloth to wipe the stained area, but remember to keep a gentle hand. It’s best not to rub the stain as it can spread and cause more damage

Step 5

Hold the stained cloth under cold running water to wash away the remaining detergent. You can use the toothbrush to gently pat  the area that’s stained until you’re sure there’s no soap left. If you can still see traces of the foundation after washing the fabric, you may need to repeat steps 1 to 5 until the area is spotless. Once you’re done, wash the garment in the washer as per the instructions on its label. 

Bonus instructions

If there’s a super thick stain, or if you feel the stain might need something stronger than the dish or hand soap (and if the material isn’t too delicate), try using dishwasher detergent from the get-go. But, before applying the detergent directly to the area that’s stained, make sure it’s safe for the fabric by testing it out on a small area first. Once you’re confident the detergent won’t do damage, follow the above steps. 

2. Oil-Free Foundation Stains

Thankfully, a foundation smudge on the clothes isn’t half as terrifying as nail polish stains. Plus, if you’ve dropped oil-free foundation, getting the stain out becomes a lot easier. All you need is a can of shaving cream, and all your troubles can be over in minutes. 

Man hand with shaving cream

Step 1

Arrange the stained fabric on a flat surface and coat the stained area with a generous layer of shaving cream. For curious minds, the brand of shaving cream doesn’t really matter. 

Step 2

Leave the cream on the stain for at least three to four minutes to properly enter the fabric weave. 

Step 3

Once a reasonable amount of time has passed, pat the cream into the fabric with the help of a cloth (dry), or you can use your fingers. Make sure not to be too vigorous, but ensure the cream is well-rubbed on the fabric as this will help loosen the foundation particles. 

Step 4

Next, hold the area that’s stained under cold water and wash away the shaving cream. If the stain is still apparent, repeat steps 1 to 3 and this time, wash the cream from the fabric with warm water

Step 5

Dry the wet cloth using a soft towel to pat the area. This can also help remove any remnants of the foundation. Once the fabric is dry, wash the garment as per usual (or according to the instructions on its label) in the washing machine with laundry detergent

Bonus instructions

If dealing with stubborn stains, try dabbing the stain with rubbing alcohol because it helps the stain removal process by loosening the stain. Once that’s done, follow the proceeding steps as listed above. 

How To Get Powder Foundation Out Of Clothes

Makeup artists and fans have their preferences when it comes to foundation. If you’re not big on using liquid foundation, chances are you have to deal with powder stains. Fret not; this section will walk you through. 

Make up powder of dirty stain on white clothes

Step 1

Let’s say you dropped some loose foundation powder on your clothes. If that’s the case, never ever use a tissue or a cloth to remove the excess powder because you’re just going to make your job more difficult. Instead, try to blow the excess powder off the fabric with the power of the air. You can blow air on the stain yourself or utilise a hair-dryer

Step 2

If, for whatever reason, the foundation powder is rubbed on the fabric, then dampen the area that’s stained a little and add a few drops of liquid soap on it. 

Step 3

Use a clean cloth or a sponge to rub the area gently. Wash the cloth (or sponge) with water and repeat the process until the stain is gone and the soap’s been wiped clean from the fabric. 

Step 4

Try blotting the washed area with a soft towel to get rid of excess moisture and hang the clothing in a well-ventilated area to air dry. Don’t be tempted to rub the fabric with the towel because it might end up damaging the material. 

Step 5

Once the garment is dry, launder it accordingly in the machine to eliminate any trace of the stain

How To Get Lipstick Out Of Clothes

Did you think we were done imparting our stubborn makeup stains wisdom? We thought, why end with stains when there’s so much more we can help you with. Right, so for our bonus section, we’re going to start with one of the most common woes of makeup wearers since time immemorial – lipstick stains. 

Lipstick stain on cloth fabric

Step 1

Spread the stained fabric on a flat surface and use a dull knife or the edge of any plastic card to lift excess lipstick off your garment. You can also use clear tape for this purpose – it all depends on what’s more comfortable for you. 

Step 2 

Check the label of your clothing item to ensure it’s not the ‘dry clean only‘ variety. 

Step 3

Despite popular belief, it’s never okay to use makeup remover as a method of loosening any makeup stain. Instead, get your favourite stain remover from the cupboard and apply it to the area that’s stained. Again, if the fabric is coloured or extremely delicate – always test the product on a small area before applying it directly to the stain. 

Step 4 

Allow the remover to rest on the fabric for approximately fifteen minutes, wash it out with cold or warm water (according to the garment’s instructions). It’s best to avoid hot water because it can damage or shrink your clothes – which isn’t something you want. 

Step 5

Blot out the excess water from the material after washing it and allow it to air dry in a ventilated area. Next, wash the garment as per its label instructions in the machine to ensure the clothing item comes out squeaky clean. 

Bonus instructions

If you’re short on time or fresh out of remover, you can try and clear out the lipstick stain with hairspray. This method requires covering the area that’s stained with hairspray for fifteen minutes and laundering the garment in the machine. However, test out how the hairspray might affect the fabric by spraying it on a small area. 

How To Get Mascara Out Of Clothes

Mascara

The best way to get mascara stains out of your clothes is to pre-treat the area that’s stained with the remover before chucking the garment into the washer with the hottest water temperature setting it can withstand.

Mascara includes a fair amount of oils and waxy substances, which is why washing the item with gentle cleaning products may not do the trick. To eliminate the stain in its entirety, it’s best to start with a stain remover and rinse the fabric in the washing machine with an enzyme-based detergent.

Smart Tips That You Need To Know

Are you ready for some more tips on how to keep your clothes at their finest? Take a look!

Lemon ,baking soda and towels

 

  1. Utilise lemon juice to combat yellow sweat stains on white clothes for a whitening and anti-odour effect. 
  2. Adding a dash of baking soda to your washing detergent can help boost its cleaning properties and produce cleaner piles of laundry. 

Like all good things, our article is at its end, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the journey. All the makeup stains we’ve covered here are easy-managed at home. Still, if you feel the need for professional help at any time, it’s best to rely on experts for immaculate stain removal to ensure the quality of your clothes isn’t compromised.

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