How to get rid of make-up stains without having to do laundry? Here we have some natural stain-removal tips that may help you out.
Cornstarch & baking soda: Dream duo!
Most make-up products are made up of fat and dye, both of which must be removed quickly in order to prevent the fabric from staining. Therefore:
- Use an absorbent cloth to blot the make-up stain.
- Then, sprinkle and press the cornstarch onto the stain, and leave on for a few minutes. This helps to absorb the remaining oil found in the make-up.
- Remove any cornstarch residues and moisten the stain. Follow by sprinkling the stain with baking soda. This helps to remove the colour.
- Repeat this last step until the colour disappears.
- Blot the make-up stain with an absorbent cloth.
- Once the stain has dried, moisten bile soap and rub the soap on the stain. Not only does the soap eliminate the colour, but also any residual oils and fats.
- For liquid foundation / self-tanner / concealer stains, it is best to “scratch” the stain before it dries.
- Rub an ice cube on the stain using circular motions.
- Blot the stain with a paper towel.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the colour is removed from the fabric.
- Use an old pair of pantyhose to remove compact foundation, blush or eyeshadow stains.
- First, remove excess powder from the fabric. Use a blow-dryer on the cold setting to blow away the powder on the surface or the fabric.
- Then “brush” the stain by gently stroking the pantyhose across the stain. The pantyhose serves to absorb the colour pigments.
- Do not forget to put the pantyhose in the washing machine in order to use it for any future make-up stain removals.
- If you act quickly enough, using bread or a piece of toast can remove lipstick or foundation stains.
- This trick works well, especially on dark fabrics. The stain does not disappear completely, but it is a good method if you’re pressed for time.
- Caution: Before using cleaning wipes, first test a small area of the fabric first to see how the chemicals found in the wipes react with the fabric.
- If no reaction occurs, you can start wiping the stain using circular motions. It is best to start at the edge of the stain and slowly move towards the centre.
- Rinse the fabric with cold water after getting rid of the stain.
- Then dab the stain with a paper towel.