How to Remove a Lipstick Stain From Polyester

Melynda Sorrels

It happens so quickly we might not even notice it at first. A last minute change of clothes that brushes against newly painted lips and collars are stained. Or perhaps it's a case of small children and a game of dress up. Whatever the reason, a lipstick stain on polyester presents a rather daunting ask.

Remove a Lipstick Stain From Polyester

Whether it's all or none of the above there's no need to worry. You can easily remove lipstick from polyester with just a little time and effort.


Test each method on an inconspicuous area of the fabric before using it to remove the lipstick.

  1. Scrape away as much of the lipstick as possible with a plastic utensil so as not to tear the fabric. Soak the stained area in milk for at least 30 minutes. Wing the fabric out and wash it in the sink with warm soapy water. Agitate the fabric in the sink and rub the fabric against itself to loosen the stain. Wash the fabric in the hottest water possible with a detergent that has bleach or color safe bleach and dry the fabric as usual.

  2. Spray the stain with hairspray and allow it to sit for two minutes. Wipe the stain away with a soft clean cloth.

  3. Soak the stain in ammonia for 30 minutes and then launder as usual.

  4. Pour eucalyptus oil on a sponge and sponge the area free of the stain.

  5. Apply vinegar to a soft clean cloth and wipe the stain with it until it lifts. Launder the fabric as usual.