How to Get Lipstick Out of White Linen

Lipstick stain can be removed from linen with diligence and stain remover.

Photo: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

Your bright red lipstick belongs on your kisser, not your white linens. Accidentally wearing painted lips to bed does not fare well for white sheets, but removing the smooch marks is not as hard as it may seem. Lipstick contains emollients, or oily substances, that can be disarmed with the use of alcohol (not the drinking kind; the kind that leaves your linens as pure as the driven snow).


Scrape excess lipstick from the linen with a butter knife. Don't spread the lipstick and create more stains.


Moisten the end of a white rag with rubbing alcohol. Blot -- don't rub -- the rag on the lipstick stain. The lipstick should start moving from the linen to the cloth. Wet a clean area of the rag with rubbing alcohol and continue blotting the stain. Continue to wet other clean spots on the rag with alcohol and remove all the lipstick you can.


Spray a stain remover on any remaining lipstick on the linen. Let the stain remover soak into the fabric for 30 minutes.


Wash the fabric in hot water with 1 tbsp. liquid laundry detergent and 1/2 cup of bleach. Check the stain after washing and before placing the linen in the dryer. If any stain remains, spray it again with the stain remover and leave it to soak overnight. Wash the linen again the next day.

Things You'll Need


1.Butter knife

3.White rag

5.1 tbsp. liquid laundry detergent

2.Rubbing alcohol

4.Stain remover

6.1/2 cup bleach


Related Videos


Add to this Article



Just for you

What type are you?

Choose your Body Type
or Register
Daily Look


How would you like to register?

Register with Facebook
  • It's fast, easy and hassle-free
  • One-click log-in and commenting
Register with
  • Use your email to create your account