Everyone who wears makeup has had to go through the same painful experience when the primer stains their favorite blouse. Don't be discouraged the next time this happens, as most primers can be easily removed from fabrics with suitable cleaners with a little patience. If you are using an oil-free makeup base, a small amount of shaving cream will help get rid of the stain. As for oil-based primers, stains can be cleaned with regular liquid soap or laundry detergent. Use a damp sponge and liquid soap to erase the stain from the base in the form of powder.
Method 1 of 3: Remove Oil-Free Liquid Primer Stains
Step 1. Apply shaving cream to the stain
Any kind of shaving cream in the form of foam will give great results. It should be a cream, not a gel. Squeeze some of the cream directly onto the stain.
Step 2. Let the shaving cream absorb for 2-3 minutes
Leave it on your clothes for a while for it to take effect. A few minutes should be enough.
Step 3. Rub the shaving cream into the stain
Let the cream soak into the stain for a few minutes, then start rubbing it into the stain. Rub with your fingers or a clean soft cloth. Rub the stain thoroughly so that the cream is well absorbed into the soiled area of the fabric.
Step 4. For stubborn stains, use rubbing alcohol
If shaving cream and water don't work, try mixing some rubbing alcohol with shaving cream. Rub the mixture into the stain and then rinse with water.
It is best to test the alcohol on an inconspicuous area of the fabric first if you are worried that it will damage the garment
Step 5. Rinse the fabric with cold water
Wash off all shaving cream gently. Use cold water for the first rinse, as the hot water will soak the stain into the fabric and will not be removed later. Then check to see if there are any primer stains on the fabric.
Step 6. Repeat the procedure and rinse the fabric with warm water as needed
If there are traces of primer on the fabric after the first treatment, apply some more shaving cream and try again. This time, rinse off the cream with warm or hot water.
Warm water will help dissolve any stubborn makeup stains that are already deeply absorbed into the fibers of the fabric
Step 7. Blot the area with a clean, dry towel
After rinsing, gently pat dry to remove moisture and stains.
Step 8. Now wash your clothes
After treating the stain, machine wash the garment to remove any makeup (and shaving cream) that has soaked deeply into the fabric. If these garments cannot be machine washed, wash them by hand or dry clean.
Method 2 of 3: Remove Stains from Oil-Based Liquid Primer
Step 1. Dampen the stained area of clothing with water
Use cool water to dampen the stain on your clothing. This will help the detergent to spread evenly onto the fabric and remove the stain. In this case, you should not wet the contaminated area too much. Moisturize with a spray bottle if you stain a delicate garment.
Step 2. Apply a few drops of liquid dish soap to the stain
A couple of drops of the product will suffice - apply directly to the stain and leave to absorb for a few minutes. You should use a liquid dishwashing detergent, not a dishwasher cleaner, which is much more aggressive. The dishwashing detergent removes grease and oils in a gentle and moderate way. That is why it is perfect for removing oil-based makeup stains.
Step 3. Rub the dish soap with your fingers or a damp cloth
Rub gently to loosen the oils in the makeup. You can also use a soft bristled toothbrush or rub the back of a spoon over the stain if you are working with delicate clothing.
Step 4. Blot the contaminated area with a clean, dry towel
To completely remove the stain, take a clean cloth or paper towel and press it against the area to be treated. Then remove the towel from the stain. Do not rub the stained area, otherwise the stain will simply smear.
Step 5. Rinse the cloth with cool water to remove the dish soap
Blot the stain with a towel and gently rinse the treated area to remove any residual dish soap and makeup. If the area is still dirty, blot it with a towel and reapply. You may need to repeat the process several times until the stain is completely gone.
Step 6. Treat stubborn stains with detergent
You can also use regular laundry detergent to pre-treat makeup stains, but be sure to check the instructions on the powder and the garment label to make sure the product you choose can be safely applied to your item. For delicate garments, use a detergent that is suitable for hand washing.
If you are worried that the detergent will damage your clothes, test it on an inconspicuous area before completely treating the stain
Step 7. Wash the garment as usual
Wash your clothing immediately after powdering a stain to remove stubborn makeup stains and wash the powder out of the fabric. Strictly follow the directions on the garment label to avoid damaging the fabric.
Method 3 of 3: Removing Powder Base Stains
Step 1. Blow off any remaining powder
Powder stains are easy to wash off clothes, but they quickly penetrate into the thickness of the fabric! Do not try to brush away or rub off the powder. The easiest way to blow away the stain is with your mouth or with a cold stream of air from a hair dryer.
If very little powder has spilled onto the clothes, it will be enough to blow it off with air pressure, and there will be no trace of makeup. If the powder has already been absorbed into the clothes, then you will have to wash the clothes to remove the stain
Step 2. Apply a few drops of liquid soap to the stain
A mild dish soap or liquid hand soap will help if the stain has formed from a powder base. Apply one or two drops of soap directly to the stain.
If you are worried that the soap will ruin your clothes, test it on an inconspicuous area before treating the entire stain
Step 3. Wipe the area with a damp sponge or small towel
Dampen a clean sponge or towel, then wring it out to remove excess moisture. Rub the stain gently to absorb the soap well, then rinse off the powder. Rinse off the towel or sponge and repeat the entire process until all the soap is washed off.
Step 4. Blot the area with a clean, dry towel to remove excess moisture
After treating the stain, gently blot the area with a dry towel. Be careful not to rub your clothes, otherwise the fabric will be damaged and make-up residue will be absorbed deep into its fibers.
Step 5. Wash your clothes as usual
Wash your clothing after treating the stain. Pay attention to the instructions on the label to avoid damaging the fabric.
- Scrape off most of the liquid base with a spoon or the blunt end of a fruit knife. Then, gently blot (without rubbing) the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel. When done, treat the stain with detergent.
- If you are going to put on the stained item as soon as you remove the stain and you don't have time to wash and dry it, blot the stained area with a clean towel and then dry the wet residue with a hairdryer.
- Using a damp towel, moving up and out, away from the middle of the stain, blot the edges of the wet print on the fabric if the item is made of delicate material.