How to Get ChapStick Off of Walls
You may not be able to live without your ChapStick, which keeps lips moisturized even in the coldest and windiest of conditions. However, the waxy nature of the stuff can make it hard to remove when it finds its way to fabric, carpeting or the walls. As with all stains, the sooner you can remove it, the better. Use household products as well as stronger cleaning agents such as dry cleaning solvents to remove ChapStick stains from painted or wallpapered walls.
Scrape as much of the ChapStick off the wall as you can with a plastic butter knife. Scrape at the stain gently to avoid removing paint from the wall or tearing the wallpaper.
Dampen, but do not soak, a clean rag with water. Sprinkle half a teaspoon each of powder laundry detergent and baking soda on the rag. Rub the rag together with your hands to blend the mixture.
Rub the rag slowly in a circular motion over the affected area. Be as gentle as possible to avoid removing paint or injuring wallpaper.
Apply a dry cleaning solvent to the stain if the baking soda/detergent mixture has not fully removed it. Gently rub the stain in a circular motion to avoid upsetting wall paint or wallpaper. Do this until the stain has disappeared.
- Use powder detergent only to remove ChapStick stains, as liquid detergent can stain your wall.
- Use more force when removing colored ChapStick.
- Use dry cleaning solvents to remove ChapStick stains from carpeting and upholstery.
- Open windows if using the dry cleaning solvent to avoid fume inhalation.
Kent Page McGroarty has worked as a writer since 2006, contributing numerous articles to various websites. She is a frequent contributor to the health and fitness sections of the online magazine EDGE Publications and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph's University.
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