Mascara is a beautiful cosmetic for our lashes, but certainly not desirable on our clothes, carpets, or bedding. Does mascara stain, and if so, what is the best way to remove it from a variety of surfaces?
Because mascara is made of a tricky combination of waxes, dyes, and oils, it can be hard to remove from fabric. But not to worry! With the right treatment method, you can remove the stubborn stain and leave your surfaces as good as new.
Read on to learn about the specific techniques that will best help you remove mascara stains, no matter where they are.
Removing Mascara Stains from Clothing
Mascara stains are very common on clothing, and there are a couple of methods you can use to try to get them out.
The first is simple: Good Housekeeping recommends taking a makeup removal wipe specifically made for waterproof mascara. Put the stain face down on a paper towel, and work the makeup removal formula into the back side of the fabric, pushing the stain out. Repeat until no more pigment comes out, apply a bit of liquid laundry detergent, and toss in the wash.
Another method comes from The Spruce which suggests applying a stain remover directly to the stain, then using a bristle brush or your finger to work the product in. You then leave it to sit and soak in for fifteen minutes. After that, wash it at the highest setting safe for the article of clothing. Make sure to check to see if the stain is out before putting in the dryer, otherwise you could set the stain!
If the above solutions don’t work, or if your clothing is dry-clean only, take your piece to the local cleaners. Point out the mascara stain to them and they will be able to work to professionally remove it. For stubborn stains that won’t come out or fancier articles of clothing, this is the best solution.
Removing Mascara Stains From Pillowcases
Falling asleep in your makeup is quite common, which is why we’ve researched the best way to remove mascara from your pillowcase!
Bustle recommends removing the pillowcase and blotting as much of the stain out as possible using a tissue, napkin, or paper towel. Be careful not to press too hard, which will push the mascara deeper into the fibers! Add a little bit of water, but not too much, and a drop of dish soap. Let it sit for ten or fifteen minutes since the dish soap will work to lift the oil-based ingredients out. Pat the stain out with a dry cloth. If it’s gone, your job is done! If some stain still remains, use pre-laundry stain remover, allow it to soak in, and put in the wash.
Removing Mascara from Upholstery
Removing mascara from upholstery is trickier than removing it from clothing or pillowcases. Upholstery may have special care needs, particularly if it is antique, vintage, or silk according to Jack White from Rainbow International. Be sure to read the care instructions for your soiled upholstery before attempting to clean it.
If your upholstery can be safely cleaned with water, Good Housekeeping has an effective suggestion. Mix ¼ cup of dish soap with 1 cup of water. Using a clean cloth, apply the solution, and blot. Repeat these steps until the stain disappears, then apply clean cold water and blot dry.
If your upholstery cannot be cleaned with water, or if the liquid detergent doesn’t work, call a professional who will be able to help clean the stain properly.
Key To Removing Mascara Stains
The key to successfully removing mascara stains is treating them based on what material they are on!
Different fabrics will have different needs, but with proper care you can have them looking as good as new. Don’t hesitate to take your favorite article of clothing to the dry cleaner or contact a professional to help with high-quality and finicky upholstery.