Facing the Paint: Getting Face Paint and Makeup out of Clothes

Categories: Cleaning Tips, Laundry Tips

What a Handsome Jack

Face paint and Halloween are inseparable. Unfortunately, it seems face paint and costumes are inseparable too! No matter how careful you are, you or the kids almost always end up with makeup smudges and smears on your nice costumes.

But a green smear or red splotch doesn’t have to forever haunt your outfit –  this amazing tip from Rachel Yatuzis can make those oily makeup spots disappear!

What You’ll Need
Baking Soda
Hairspray
Laundry Spotter
Sponge
Clean Toothbrush

Let’s Get Cleaning!
– Step 1 –
Generously sprinkle baking soda onto the stain and work it in using a toothbrush (or any clean, relatively stiff bristled brush). The baking soda will absorb the oils in the makeup and begin to pill up.*

Apply more baking soda and continue working at the stain until no more makeup pills up. Brush away the remaining baking soda when you’re done.

– Step 2 –
Spray the spot with hairspray and then blot at it with a damp sponge. This should capture and remove a lot of the makeup, but there will likely be some residual staining.

– Step 3 –
Tackle what remains of the stain by spraying it with your favorite laundry spotter. After applying the spotter, let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes (or whatever is recommended on the bottle).

– Step 4 –
Launder the clothes as normal, but pull out the stained item before drying it and check to see if the spot is gone. If it’s still there, try using your spotter again and rewashing it. It’s important to remove the spot prior to drying the item or the heat could set the stain.

And that’s it! This simple solution should rescue your costume or favorite top from the colorful clutches of holiday (or everyday) oil-based makeup.

Thanks to Rachel Yatuzis for the great information. Go and check out her video!

*Before using any powder or product on your clothes, first test them on an inconspicuous spot to see if they cause any color loss.