Freeze the lipstick with an ice cube or by placing the piece of white linen into the freezer. Freezing lipstick helps to keep it from setting and makes it possible for you to scrape off any chunks stuck to the material.
Scrape the frozen area gently with a plastic or metal butter knife to remove as much of the lipstick as possible.
Set the linen piece aside until the fabric reaches room temperature. Gently blot makeup or stain remover, rubbing alcohol or hair spray onto the lipstick using a paper towel or microfiber cloth until the stain fades/breaks up. (Check your linen's laundry label to confirm that you can use one of these products.) If the blotting doesn't dissolve the lipstick entirely or if you cannot use makeup or stain remover, rubbing alcohol or hair spray on the linen, rub petroleum jelly or glycerin gently and lightly into the stain repeatedly.
Pretreat your white linen before washing. If blotting the stain removed it, pretreat with petroleum jelly or glycerin. If blotting didn't remove it and you had to use petroleum jelly or glycerin, skip this step as you have already pretreated the item.
Wash your white linen with laundry detergent following the washing instructions on your linen's laundry label. Don't wash your linen in hot water unless you have removed the stain and any oils completely from the material, as washing a lipstick stain or oils in hot water can set the stain to the material.
Things You Will Need
- Butter knife
- Makeup or stain remover
- Rubbing alcohol
- Hair spray
- Paper towel
- Microfiber cloth (optional)
- Petroleum jelly
- Laundry detergent
- If you remove the lipstick color but believe that oil residue remains, check your laundry label and pretreat with bleach if allowed.