Although your lipstick is the perfect shade to bring your outfit together, it is not the ideal shade to bring your whole house together, especially on your walls.
Lipstick is a grease-based stain, so removing it may seem difficult.
Whether your child was trying to help you redecorate or there was an accident while you were applying the final touches to your make-up, you don’t need to panic.
Luckily, we’ve done the research, and learning how to remove lipstick from the wall is an easy process.
All you need are a few common household items to get the lipstick off your wall successfully and your house back to looking its best.
What You’ll Need
You will need a few common household cleaning items to get lipstick off your walls.
- Paper towels
- Plastic spoon
- White, non-gel toothpaste
- Cleaning cloths
Now that you’ve grabbed the materials you will need, read on to learn how to remove lipstick from the wall.
1. Remove as much lipstick as possible
As soon as you realize lipstick on the wall, grab a plastic spoon and some paper towels.
Using a plastic spoon and paper towels is especially important if the lipstick is still fresh. Scrap as much of the lipstick off without digging into the wall. Work from the outside of the stain towards the center to prevent accidentally spreading the stain.
Once you have scraped off as much of the lipstick as possible, dab the paper towel on the lipstick stain.
Continue to dab with new parts of the paper towel until the stain no longer absorbs into the towel.
Resist the urge to rub the paper towel on the stain.
Rubbing will cause the lipstick stain to spread, making it more difficult to remove from paint or paneling.
2. Apply a little toothpaste to the affected area
After you have removed as much of the toothpaste as possible with the paper towel, apply some white, non-gel toothpaste to the lipstick stain.
You can either apply the toothpaste directly or use a cotton swab for more precision, depending on the size of the stain.
Toothpaste is a great cleaning agent here because it is abrasive enough to scrub away the toothpaste without scrubbing away the paint on your walls or damaging any paneling.
3. Let Toothpaste Sit
Allow the toothpaste to sit for about 10 minutes.
4. Gently Rub Stained Wall Area In Circular Motion
Gently rub the area with a damp cleaning cloth.
Work in a circular motion from the outside of the stain towards the middle.
As the lipstick comes off the wall and onto your cleaning cloth, rotate your cloth.
The goal is to not scrub your wall with a dirty part of your cleaning cloth because the lipstick could transfer back to the wall if you are not diligent.
Pro tip: If you do not have white, non-gel toothpaste at home, you can also use mild dish soap. They are designed to lift grease stains, and when applied gently, they can also remove lipstick stains from walls. It’s best to apply the soap with a cotton swab for maximum precision.
5. Wipe away the toothpaste with a damp cloth
Now that the lipstick stain is off your wall dampen a fresh cleaning cloth and wipe the affected area again to remove any traces of toothpaste or soap.
Be careful not to use too much water because some paints will discolor when exposed to moisture.
6. Dry the affected area
Finally, dry the area thoroughly with a fresh cleaning cloth.
Ensure the wall is completely dry before moving on to prevent any water stains from settling into the affected area.
Here is a video discussing how to remove lipstick from your wall.
0:11—Apply a little toothpaste to the lipstick.
Allow to sit for about 10 minutes. Then, wipe away with a damp cloth.
Frequently Asked Questions
What other natural methods can I use to remove lipstick from my wall if I don’t have the right kind of toothpaste?
If you don’t have the correct type of toothpaste or any liquid dish soap, you can try a couple of other solutions to remove lipstick from your walls.
You can use rubbing alcohol to get lipstick off a wall, but we strongly recommend testing the rubbing alcohol on an inconspicuous part of your wall first to make sure the paint does not react badly.
Apply a little rubbing alcohol to a cleaning cloth and press the cloth onto the lipstick stain.
Check to see if the cleaning cloth is absorbing the lipstick.
If so, move to a fresh part of the cleaning cloth and press onto the stain again.
Continue in this manner until the lipstick stain is completely gone.
You can also use a citrus solvent.
It is usually used to remove sticky, gooey residue, so it works great on lipstick as well.
Just like the rubbing alcohol, though, make sure to test the citrus solvent on an inconspicuous part of your wall first before applying it to the lipstick stain.
Pour a little citrus solvent onto a fresh cleaning cloth and dab the wall, rotating the cleaning cloth as needed.
Once you have removed the lipstick stain, wipe the wall with a cleaning cloth dampened with water to remove any residue left by the solvent and dry thoroughly.
What should I do if the lipstick is on a tiled wall?
If the lipstick stain is on a tile wall, scrape as much off as possible with the plastic spoon, and apply the paper towel.
Because this wall is non-porous, you can rub some of the stains away with your paper towel.
The stain may still spread, but it won’t attach to the non-porous surface, leaving you free to rub off as much of the lipstick as possible.
If lipstick stains remain after cleaning the area with a paper towel, continue to follow the above steps for removing the rest of the lipstick from your wall.
You can also scrub your tile walls more vigorously than your painted walls, which will help you remove lipstick from any non-porous surfaces.
How Do You Remove Dried Lipstick?
First, scrape away all the excess lipstick you can.
Dampen a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.
Then gently dab the cotton ball onto the stain.
Ensure not to rub the cotton ball onto the stain.
After removing the stain, get a white cloth and dampen it with cool water.
Use the same dabbing motions with the cool cloth as you did with the cotton ball to remove any remaining alcohol from the wall.
Can Vinegar Remove Lipstick Stains?
Yes, vinegar is great for removing lipstick stains on clothing.
However, it can damage the paint on your walls if you try it there.
To remove lipstick from clothing using vinegar use the same techniques as above.