If you accidentally smudged some of your makeup on your favorite white cotton tee, you may feel like cleaning it off is a lost cause. Those same oils in makeup that allow it to stay on your face and keep you looking fabulous, make it hard to get out of clothing. Don't throw out your favorite tee just yet, though! Armed with a few materials that you probably already have on hand, you can get that makeup stain out of your shirt in no time.
Scrape off as much of the makeup as you can using a plastic spoon. Don't use a metal knife or anything like it, or you'll just end up tearing a hole in the fabric, and that's not any better than a makeup stain.
Apply a dab of grease-cutting dish soap to the makeup stain. The same enzymes that work to get the grease off your dishes will also cut through the oils of the makeup. If the stain is from non-oily makeup (like foundation or blush), you can use regular detergent instead. For oily stains (like lipstick and mascara) that are particularly stubborn, try some dry cleaning fluid (found at specialty cleaning stores).
Wet a toothbrush with water and use it to scrub the dish soap into the makeup stain. Don't be afraid to use a little elbow grease. The cotton fabric is durable enough to handle it!
Hold the makeup spot underneath the faucet and rinse it out with hot water until all the suds from the dish soap are gone.
Squirt some whitening toothpaste onto the makeup stain and scrub it into the fabric with a toothbrush. That's right! That same toothpaste that helps you have a pearly white smile can also help whiten your cotton tee!
Wash the shirt alone in the washing machine with your regular detergent, plus 1/4 cup of bleach. Make sure you don't throw in any more clothes with the stained shirt, or they could be ruined by the makeup or the bleach.
If the shirt is still stained after it comes out of the washer, don't put it in the dryer. This will set the stain into the shirt permanently. Instead, repeat steps 1 through 6 until the stain is gone. Voila! Now you can wear that white cotton shirt with confidence again!