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How to Get Foundation Out of Clothes

Trying to figure out how to remove foundation from your white shirt? Follow our stain removal tips and tricks to learn how to get makeup stains out of clothes.

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Whites & Bleach-Safe Fabrics

One
Scrape
Scrape away excess makeup.

Two
Presoak
For large spills on white clothing or fabrics, presoak the entire item in a solution of ¼ cup Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach with CLOROMAX® per gallon of water. Submerge the garment and soak for 5 minutes.

Three
Wash
Wash immediately in the hottest water recommended by the care label using detergent and 1/3 cup or max line on HE machine with Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach with CLOROMAX®.

Four
Check
After the wash, check to make sure the stain is gone. If the stain is still present, repeat the process.

Tip

Do Try working a little dish soap or detergent from the outside in to loosen the oils before washing.

Colored Clothing & Fabrics

  1. 1

    Scrape

    Scrape away excess makeup.

  2. 2

    Presoak

    For larger stains or stains that cover an entire piece of clothing or fabric, soak the makeup-stained areas in 1 quart of water mixed with 1 full cup of Clorox 2® for Colors for up to 60 minutes. Stains will begin to disappear for both new and set-in stains.

  3. 3

    Wash

    For colored clothing and fabrics, set your washer to the hottest recommended water setting and add both detergent and Clorox 2® for Colors into the laundry basin or detergent dispensing tray.

    Clorox 2® for Colors helps remove stains and odors through the wash while making both colored and white clothing brighter and cleaner. Always be sure to follow the instructions on your garment’s care label.

  4. 4

    Check

    After the wash, check to make sure the stain is gone before drying. If the stain is still present, repeat the process.

Tip

Do Try working a little dish soap or detergent from the outside in to loosen the oils before washing.

Surfaces

One
Remove
Remove excess makeup.
Two
Wipe
No need to cover up. Wipe surface clean with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes1.
Three
Rinse
Rinse with water.