Chapstick stain removal becomes necessary when that tube of Chapstick or lip balm accidentally opens in your pocket, smearing all over your clothes, the couch or carpet.
Or even worse -- you forgot to take that tube out of your pocket and it went through the wash, staining everything!
Be calm when such stain disasters strike. It may seem like an impossible task at first, but you can get rid of those Chapstick and lip balm stains.
Just remember you need to do two things -- remove the oily greasy residue part of the stain, and also the colored part of the stain.
The colored part of the stain is more significant if you have a tinted chapstick, like a cherry chapstick stain, or a pink tinted lip balm stain, for example.
Below are step by step instructions for removing a chapstick stain from clothing, upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Scrape as much excess chapstick off the fabric as possible, without smearing it further.
Step 2: Rub a small amount of hand dishwashing soap into the fabric where the stain is.
Step 3: Rinse the stained area well, flushing away both the grease from the chapstick and the dishwashing liquid solution.
Step 4: Pretreat the stain with a laundry prewash stain remover.
Step 5: Launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color bleach if not.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set the stain. Repeat if necessary.
If this does not work, you can also try blotting dry cleaning solvent on the stain. Once the stain is removed launder as usual.
Also see this article discussing an alternative methods for removing chapstick stains from clothing.
Step 1: Scrape as much excess chapstick off the upholstery as possible, without smearing it further.
Step 2: For the chapstick still remaining take a clean white cloth and sponge the stain with a dry cleaning solvent.
Hint: First, be sure to test this solvent on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery to make sure it is safe.
Step 3: Next, blot at the stain until the solvent is absorbed.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3 until the stains are removed from the upholstery.
If that does not work you can mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and using this solution, sponge the stain with a clean white cloth, blotting at the solution until the liquid is absorbed, and the stain removed.
Once the stain from the chapstick is gone use plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.
Hint: Be sure to get the upholstery only as wet as necessary to remove the stain caused by the chapstick.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for chapstick stain removal from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
Are you a stain magnet like me? If so, check out the A to Z Stain Removal Guide which gives directions for how to remove over 100 types of stains from all kinds of surfaces.
In addition, here are some other stain removal guide pages you may need, since you needed this one!
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CAUTION: This website is provided for informational purposes only. It is provided as is, without warranties or guarantees. Some stains and messes just won't come out, and are permanent. Further, some cleaning methods can harm your item, so if what you want to clean or launder is sentimental or expensive call a professional. See disclaimer of liability for more information.
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