How to Remove Chapstick From Fabric

Chapstick may make lips soft, but the greasy material can be hard to remove from fabric.

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Chapstick may seem innocent enough, but when it gets onto clothing, the grease and the coloring can make a difficult stain. It is important to act quickly when you get chapstick on your clothes and blot it up with a clean cloth. If you know chapstick is on the fabric, don't wash and dry it, because that will only set the stain into the fabric further. Instead, use a few household items to remove the stain.


Use the flat edge of a knife or a credit card to scrape off as much of the chapstick as you can from the fabric. Scrape up and away from the fabric and not in toward the fabric, which will just push the grease farther into the material.


Dab a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent onto the stain. Only use a drop or two and rub the sides of the fabric together to work the detergent into the cloth.


Hold the fabric under running water and gently rub the fabric with your fingers to wash away the detergent from the stain.


Gently squeeze the fabric to remove the excess water and then apply a stain removal product to the stained area.


Wash the garment with laundry detergent in the hottest water the garment tag indicates is acceptable. Add chlorine bleach if the clothing item is white or color-safe bleach if the clothing item is not white.


Repeat the above steps as necessary until the stain is gone before you put the clothes in the dryer. Drying the garment will set the stain and make it unlikely that you can remove it if you try again.

Things You'll Need



3.Stain removal product


2.Liquid dishwashing detergent

4.Laundry detergent


Tips & Tricks


If you can't get the stain out with liquid dishwashing detergent, try applying waterless hand cleaner to the stain. Then apply laundry detergent and rub the fabric together for five minutes. Wash with hot water. Repeat until the stain is gone.


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