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How to Get Lip Gloss Out of Clothes

Lip gloss is great but greasy. Follow our stain removal tips to learn how to get lipgloss out of washed clothes, jeans, and fabrics even if it's after drying.

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Question

Another reader question – this one about lip gloss left in a pocket during the wash.

“I washed a load of jeans with some cargo pants at the laundromat. Everything was fine with the pants after I looked at them when they finished washing, so I put them into the dryer. When my clothes were finished drying I took them out and noticed that grease stains were on every pair of pants that were in there. Then I noticed that I left lip gloss in one of the pants, and they all were ruined.”

Answer

I have some good news and some bad news.

The good news: you did this at a laundromat, so the grease is not inside your dryer to transfer to later loads.

The bad news: after drying the “grease spots” are probably set and are going to be super difficult to remove, if at all. You might try using a good solvent (like Goo Gone) on the grease spots and then re-washing in the hottest water possible. Other than that, a small amount may be removed in the next wash, so consider air drying for the next 3-4 washes and see if you notice a difference. Otherwise, these pants will probably be relegated to home weekend wearing.

Sorry I couldn’t be more optimistic.

Give these suggestions a try and let me know if they work.

Good luck!