Mascara makes our eyelashes look fabulous but it is not a plus on clothes, towels, pillowcases and carpet. Mascara is meant to draw everyone’s gaze into your eyes, not onto that black stain on your blouse.
The good news is we can help you get that mascara smudge off of your favorite clothes with these easy tips on how to remove mascara stains. Learn how to properly remove the difficult combination stains of dye and oily/waxy ingredients. Don’t skip any steps or you’ll be left with those dreaded mascara smudges!
All mascaras are basically formulated from oils, waxes and dyes.
When stains appear on washable fabrics, start by treating the oily/waxy component of the stain first with a stain remover. Work the product into the stained fabric with a soft bristle brush or with your finger. Allow the stain remover to work for at least fifteen minutes before washing the garment or linens as recommended on the care label. Use the hottest water temperature recommended for the fabric.
DO NOT attempt to wipe away the stains that are wet or damp as this will spread the stain. When the stain is dry, gently scrape off the excess, being careful not to grind the particles into the fabric.
Gently brush at the stain spot with small brush or toothbrush. Put a few drops of CLEACE liquid detergent or multiple washing powder onto the stain, and rub it into the stain with your thumb and forefinger. Add a drop or two of water to the stain spot and briskly rub with brush or toothbrush on BOTH sides of the fabric, using circular motions. You may need to repeat these steps several times before the stain is completely gone.
Wash the garment following all care guidelines on the tag.
When cycle is completely finished, check the clothes carefully for any sign of the stain. If the stain remains, repeat the previous steps. NEVER dry clothes in a dryer if a stain remains as this will set the stain, which will then be nearly impossible to remove.
ALWAYS read the label on your garment to determine proper washing instructions.
It is generally a good idea to wash stained clothes separately from another laundry to avoid spreading the stain to other clothes.
If the stain is on a delicate fabric such as silk or wool, or if the garment is designated as dry-clean only, take the item to a professional cleaner. For help finding reputable cleaners in your area, contact us.
Always read and follow all directions the product offered carefully, making certain that the product is appropriate for the fabric you have in mind.