Thursday, February 17, 2011

Makeup Stains

Somehow, once every six months or so, my dog manages to get into my cosmetic bag.  She LOVES to eat lipgloss and lipstick; which means it gets all over her, and all over our beige carpet.

"Your strawberry lipgloss? No, I didn't see it. I swear!"

But I don't worry too much because I am the!

To get rid of a lipstick, marker, pen, ink, pretty much anything stain:
  • If the stain is on a piece of fabric or clothing, place a clean, light-colored cloth behind the satin.
  • Saturate a clean cloth with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • BLOT (don't rub!) the stain.
  • Frequently change places on your cloths--the color will lift off of the fabric or carpet and onto the cloth, so you want to use a clean place on the cloth to make sure all the color comes off.
  • That's it. As the alcohol evaporates, the smell will go away.
To remove a lipgloss stain:
  • Because lipgloss is sticky and greasy, rubbing alcohol won't really work.
  • Using a credit card, spoon, or something similar, try to scrape off as much of the gloss as possible.
  • Using a clean cloth, generously apply toothpaste (yep, toothpaste) to the carpet. I used Arm and Hammer toothpaste since it was white.  I haven't tried a colored toothpaste, but I would use any white kind just because I wouldn't want the toothpaste to leave a stain!
  • Now use a damp cloth to work in the paste, and begin to wipe it away.
  • Your carpet or fabric will be spot-free and minty fresh!
To remove a chapstick stain:
  • Using a credit card, spoon, or something similar, try to scrape off as much of the lip balm as possible.
  • Chapstick is mostly wax, so I find it best to apply a wax remover like Goo Gone, Goof off or Un-Do.
  • Let it sit for a while
  • Wash in hottest water safe for fabric
  • Don't dry the clothing until the Chapstick stain is gone...that makes it set in

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