How To Get Lip Gloss Out Of Clothes

Perhaps you forgot to remove your lip gloss from your pocket.

Or maybe you were not very careful in removing your clothes.

You may find yourself with some lip gloss on your clothes.

If you are in this situation, don’t worry.

We have been where you are and have done some research to find out the best way to remove lip gloss from your clothes.

These are not necessarily difficult to remove, but they are oil-based and have specific steps you should follow.

Continue reading below to learn how to get lip gloss out of clothes.

What You’ll Need

Once you have grabbed the above items, continue reading for step-by-step instructions on how to get lip gloss out of clothes.

1. Cover Lip Gloss Stain With Baking Soda

Take your baking soda and pour it over the lip gloss stain on the clothing time.

Be sure to cover the entire stain.

You do not need to cover it heavily as you will be periodically adding more as you continue in the following steps. 

2. Scrub The Lip Gloss Stain

Using either a toothbrush or a scrub brush, scrub the baking soda into the lip gloss stain.

This scrubbing motion should cause the baking soda to pill or ball up, absorbing the oil from the lip gloss from the clothing time.

Be sure to dust off baking soda that has absorbed oil and apply more baking soda to continue scrubbing. 

Once the baking soda stops balling up, that indicates that it has absorbed as much of the oil as possible.

There will still be some baking soda on the spot, but this step will remove as much of the oil as possible.

It is okay to have some baking soda on the clothing. Do, however, try to get most of it off. 

Keep in mind that you may need to be cautious in your scrubbing depending upon your clothing’s fabric.

Avoid being too vigorous in your scrubbing if it is a fragile or delicate fabric.

You may want to start by rubbing the baking soda with your fingers if you are concerned about your clothing item’s material. 

3. Apply Pretreatment To Lip Gloss Stain

Take whatever pretreatment you typically use.

It can be laundry detergent, a specific pretreatment spray, or vinegar diluted by water.

Apply the pretreatment of choice to the lip gloss stain. Be sure to cover the entire stain.

4. Let Pretreatment Sit On Lip Gloss Stain 

Depending on the amount of time the lip gloss has set on the clothing or how large the stain is, you will allow the pretreatment to sit on the lip gloss stain on the clothing.

You can let it sit typically from 10 to 15 minutes.

If it is a nasty stain, you can leave it to sit overnight.

5. Wash Clothing In Washing Machine and Dryer 

Once you have let the pretreatment sit on the lip gloss stain as long as you need, you can run the clothing through the washing machine.

Please ensure that the lip gloss stain has been entirely removed before putting it in the dryer.

If you put it through the dryer, this may cause the lip gloss stain to set into the clothing. 

To show extra caution, you can allow the clothing to air dry and check for any remaining lip gloss stain.

Even if you do not see a stain when it is wet, it does not mean all of the oil has been removed. 

Video Instructions

  • Step 1 (:27) — Cover stain with baking soda 
  • Step 2 (:34) – scrub the stain and baking soda
  • Step 3 (1:16) – apply pretreatment to the stain
  • Step 4 (1:20) – let the spray sit on the stain
  • Step 5 (1:31) – wash in washing machine and dryer


Can I Use Cold To Remove Lip Gloss Stains?

Yes, it is certainly possible, especially if it is a clear lip gloss.

You can put the clothing item in the freezer.

Adding it to the freezer will allow the lip gloss to harden and, from there, be scraped off the clothing item.

If the lip gloss is tinted and you have light-colored clothing, it may take more than just the freezer treatment.

In addition, if the oil has penetrated the fabric of the clothing, additional steps may also need to be taken. 

What Other At Home Solutions Can I Use To Remove Lip Gloss Stains?

You can use rubbing alcohol on lip gloss.

The rubbing alcohol should help dissolve and break down the oil in the lip gloss.

You can soak a cloth with rubbing alcohol and blot the stain.

This should start to remove the stain.

In addition, you can use ammonia as well.

Using a small amount of ammonia, blot the stain.

You can then follow this up with handwashing in warm soapy water.

As often is the case, you can use white vinegar to remove the lip gloss stain from clothing.

You can create a mix of liquid dish soap, white vinegar, and two cups of water.

Use this solution to blot the lip gloss stain.

After the stain has been removed, you can wash it in the washing machine. 

To replace baking soda, you can also use flour.

The primary use of either of these is to absorb the oil present in the lip gloss stain.

Any similar substance, such as cornstarch, arrowroot powder, or various flours, will be able to do the same.

You can apply these to absorb the oil out of the clothing that came from the lip gloss.

Regardless, you will still need to pretreat the clothing and follow it up with a turn in the washing machine. 

Can I Use Oil-Based Solutions On Lip Gloss Stains?

Avoid using any oil-based products to remove lip gloss.

While this may help you remove various lip stains and lipsticks from your skin, this will not necessarily help the current stain situation on your clothing.

Using olive or coconut oil may cause more of an issue as lip gloss is already an oil stain. 

How Do You Get Lip Gloss Stains Off Pants?

If you would like to try a method other than the one above, there is another effective way to remove lip gloss from pants.

First, scrape away any lip gloss that has hardened.

Next, wet a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.

Dab the cotton ball onto the stain.

Try not to rub the cotton ball because it can cause the stain to spread.

Dampen a white cleaning cloth with cool water and blot the cloth onto the stained area to remove the rubbing alcohol and any remaining lip gloss stain.

The last step is to wash your pants as usual.