How to Remove Lip Gloss Stains From Clothing

by Ashley Brown ; Updated September 28, 2017

Lip gloss is great on lips but a nuisance on clothing.

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You’re surrounded by it every day, and you could unknowingly become its next victim: lip gloss. No matter how careful women are when putting on their clothes, there is always a chance that the slightest brush against a glossy lip can unintentionally end up on their clothes. Men aren’t exempt from lip gloss stains either. A light, glossy kiss on the cheek can easily end up on their clothes if they absentmindedly touch their faces. Lip gloss-stained clothes may seem like a hopeless, greasy mess. However, you may be able to salvage them with proper care.

Scrape off excess amounts of lip gloss using a plastic utensil or the edge of a credit card.

Pre-treat the stain with a solvent or any other pre-treat detergent that targets grease or oil stains.

Wash the lip gloss-stained clothing in hot water.

Pre-treat the dried lip gloss stain again with a solvent if it was not completely removed during the first laundering attempt.

Re-wash the clothing in the hottest water available on your washer.

Air-dry the clothing.


  • If the lip gloss stain is on silk clothing, place adhesive tape over the stain instead of scraping it with a plastic utensil. The tape will be gentler on the fabric than the friction caused by scraping.

    If you have to wash the garment again, try pre-treating the stain differently. Apply a dry-cleaning solvent to a clean white cloth and blot the stain. Place another white cloth under the stain to avoid possible transference to the other side of the clothing.

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Ashley Brown began writing in 2005 for “The Albrightian,” the student newspaper of Albright College. The same year, she began working as a writing tutor and editor for the school's writing center. Brown holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Delaware.