Mascara Stain Removal – How to Remove Mascara Stains

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It happens: you apply your makeup for the day and suddenly the mascara wand slides out of your hand, bounces off the wall, rolls up your shirt and spreads across the carpet. OK, maybe the scene is not this spectacular. But, we will often end up with a stain of mascara that just won’t budge, even after passing the stain with soap and water over and over again.

Fortunately, the director of the Good Housekeeping Institute’s cleaning laboratory, Carolyn Forte, has a few tips for removing stubborn stains from upholstery, carpets and clothing – without having to throw them in the wash. Some of these tips even eliminate waterproof mascara. All you need is some basic cleaning supplies that you probably already have at home.

How to remove mascara from clothes

  1. Use a cleansing wipe that pretends to dissolve the water-repellent mascara.
  2. Place the stain face down on a paper towel.
  3. Use the makeup wipe on the back to push the stain outward and into the paper towel.
  4. When nothing comes off, rub it with a prewash spray or liquid laundry detergent.
  5. Finally, wash as usual with a tissue-safe bleach.
    1. How to remove mascara stains from padding

      Note: Use this method only for upholstery which can be safely cleaned with water. Otherwise, call a professional for help.

          1. Mix ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with 1 cup of water.
          2. Using a clean white cloth, blot the stain with the detergent solution.
          3. Dab until the liquid is absorbed.
          4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
          5. Sponge in cold water and pat dry.
            1. How to remove mascara stains from the carpet

              1. Mix ¼ teaspoon of dish soap with 1 cup of warm water.
              2. Blot the stain with the detergent solution. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clear water and pat dry until the liquid is absorbed. Note: Work slowly and try to avoid getting the carpet too wet. Mold can form on carpets that stay damp for too long.
              3. If the stain persists, mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with ½ cup of water – skip this step for wool or silk carpets.
              4. Blot the stain with the ammonia solution. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clear water and pat dry until the liquid is absorbed.
              5. If the stain persists, mix a teaspoon of white vinegar with a cup of warm water. Mop up the stain with this solution. Dab until the liquid is absorbed.
              6. Sponge in cold water and pat dry.
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