10 Quick Tips for Removing Stains from Clothing

Lipstick Stains

If you've been kissing too much on your sweetheart's collar, we've got just the laundry trick for you! Experts say that lipstick is often one of the toughest stains to remove since there are so many colors and formulations. The type of fabric stained is also a major factor. In fact, if the stain is on a garment made of cashmere, wool or silk it's probably best to opt for professional cleaning.

For anything else, you should carefully scrape any extra lipstick off. Then, put down some paper towels on a hard surface. Place the affected area on the paper towels with the stained side facing down. Then, take a dish detergent with grease-attacking properties and apply it to the back of the stain. Next, flip the garment over to stain side up. Carefully scrub the area using a clean toothbrush. Do not rinse the piece. Instead, put it in the washing machine on the gentle cycle and wash as normal. Repeat the steps until the stain is a thing of the past [source: Gibbs]!

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