You could try contacting the lipstick manufacturer’s customer service line for information to help you get the lipstick out, but since you’ve already washed and dried your clothing they may not be all that helpful. Unfortunately, once you’ve put stained clothing in the dryer the heat generally causes the stain to become permanent. Nevertheless, I would still attempt to get the stains out using several different techniques since you’ve got nothing to lose now. And because lipsticks today have newer formulas (‘long-lasting’ or those with a lot of gloss) several treatments may be needed.
There are a number of proven remedies you can attempt to salvage your clothes and since lipstick is an oil-based cosmetic, you want to use ones that will combat grease.
Helpful tips to remove lipstick out of clothes
Generally, lipstick can be removed from washable clothing with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Here’s how: Use two hand towels; put one down and place the lipstick stain face down on it. Dab the back of the stain with the other towel (do not rub, or you’ll spread the mark) which has been dipped into the alcohol. Repeat until stain is gone. If there’s any residue, use a pre-spotter or stain remover before laundering and let air dry to be sure the stain is gone.
To launder after using a pre-treatment, pour liquid laundry detergent onto the spots when the clothes are dry, rub in with your fingers, and let set for 10 minutes. Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Air dry only – don’t throw clothing into the dryer until the stains are gone.
There are also solvents available that you can try – Motsenbocker’s Lift Off ® is a petroleum-based solvent and works on lipstick and any oil-based stain such as paint, crayons, tar, candle wax, sap, chewing gum, etc. There’s also a product called Xenit ®, (pronounced Zeenit). It works on lipstick as well as gum, decals, marker, ink, shoe scuffs, labels, and other grease-based things. Xenit contains no soap or water, and uses an all-natural extract of citrus fruit breaking down the complex molecules found in difficult stains.
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