Foolproof Methods to Get Chapstick Out of Clothes?
What is a Chapstick?
A chapstick (also known as lip balm) is an ointment applied to the lips for moisturizing or protection against weather damages such as chapping or cracking of the skin.
Generally made from beeswax and oil, both petroleum-based and plant-derived oils can also be used in their composition. In contrast, some manufacturers add natural flavors for flavor, while others use none at all.
Although many people buy cheap drugstore brands of chapsticks for everyday use, other more expensive varieties exist specifically meant to provide long-lasting effects, with ones manufactured by popular cosmetic companies like EOS (Evolution of Smooth) being about five times more expensive than popular leading brand Chapstick.
How to Remove Chapstick Out of Clothes?
Chapstick is a staple in many households, and it provides much-needed relief to our chapped lips during the colder months.
However, we often apply Chapstick too vigorously or forget that we even have some on; it can end up on our clothes as a result. We’ve all been there: you go to put your favorite shirt on only to find out your Chapstick is smeared all over the sleeves!
Keep this in mind next time your lips feel dry, and you can’t find your lip balm. You could save the day with a bit of lint and saliva. If it doesn’t look so pretty afterward, perhaps there is something wrong with trying to recover it; however, I’m sure we’ve all done this before.
The chapstick stains or melts into the fabric because of its greasy oil base, which makes it difficult to remove from fabric surfaces once this has happened unless the fabric is washed immediately after rubbing the surface with Chapstick. So, how to get chapstick out of clothes?
Methods in Removing Chapstick Out of Clothes
- Get some ice and a plastic bag.
- Put the clothing on the ground.
- Place a plastic bag with ice on top of Chapstick for 10 minutes.
Important Note: Do not rub! This will only push the Chapstick further into your fabric.
After you’ve chilled out the area of clothing where the Chapstick is, take a butter knife and carefully scrape it out. Remember, go slowly – we can’t risk taking chunks out of our clothes. If there’s still some leftover residue after using a butter knife, use an eraser to rub away any residuals gently.
It won’t work every time, but this trick has saved many of my favorite blouses from ending up in the trash! Follow these steps above, and you should be free of the chapstick menace in no time. Remember, next time you apply Chapstick, do so carefully and sparingly!
- Place the cloth item with the chapstick stain over an ironing board and iron backward (the opposite way we usually iron). You will want to place a towel or other absorbent fabric over the spot, so you don’t burn yourself.
- The heat of the iron should cause many of the wax-like substances of which Chapstick is composed to melt and be absorbed by the other fabric.
- Remove the iron and repeat steps 1 and 2 for any other spots.
- If there is still a stain, apply white vinegar to an absorbent cloth or towel and blot over the stain. Next, apply rubbing alcohol (also called surgical spirits) to another cloth and blot again. Repeat this process until you no longer see a change in color coming from the stained area.
For Best Results: After removing as much of the Chapstick as possible with soap and water, pretreat chapstick stained areas with hairspray before washing in warm water; then dry in a hot dryer if possible.
- Place the stained fabric over a paper towel and rub gently with another dry paper towel. Blot, don’t wipe – wiping encourages the transfer of greasy oil into the lint paper. If the stain is still wet after blotting, proceed to Step 2.
- Place a fresh piece of paper towel over the stained area and press down firmly with an iron set on low (Wool or Synthetics – no Cotton). The heat will help dissolve the oily base and transfer it through the paper towel into the iron.
- Place stained fabric over a clean paper towel and blot until all residue is removed. Repeat steps if necessary.
- Launder immediately in the hottest water safe for fabric to remove any remaining chapstick oil and set with an extra rinse – repeat this step if stains remain. Now go on, rescue your clothes! And don’t forget to tell your friends about the trick of using Chapstick to get rid of dry lips.
- Begin by placing the article of clothing into a plastic bag – preferably one that can be sealed, but any bag will do – and tightly securing it around the affected area. This prevents any further damage from occurring while you’re working on removing the excess ChapStick from the fabric.
- Next, take some peanut oil or mineral oil and saturate an old rag or paper towel with about 4-5 tablespoons of it. Rub the oil back and forth over the greasy residue until you begin to notice it breaking up and coming off the fabric. Keep a close eye on the oil while rubbing because if you rub too hard or too long in one spot, you may damage the material of your clothing.
- Once all excess ChapStick has been removed from the garment, pour some baking soda directly onto the stain and allow it to sit for approximately 15 minutes. This will neutralize any remaining oils left behind from the peanut butter or mineral oil and begin to absorb any grease that remains from where Chapstick was originally smeared. Once 15 minutes has passed, take a wet rag and wipe away all baking soda residue, then allow your clothing item to air dry completely before attempting to wear it.
- If desired, add a few drops of any scented oil to your clothing item once it’s completely dry to help mask any remaining odor from the peanut or mineral oil.
- Take the article of clothing and place it over a tub or bucket. If you cannot do this, use a spoon to scoop out as much Chapstick as possible.
- Fill the container with hot water but not so hot that it is uncomfortable for your hands when in contact with the water for extended periods. Pour in some dish soap directly into the water. Put on gloves if desired, Chapstick can be washed off the skin easily, but dishwashing liquid works best to dissolve oil-based consistencies like that of lip balm. Stir until all of the soap has entirely dissolved in the water.
- Submerge the article of clothing deeply in the mixture. If the water level is too high, use a plate or something flat to push the clothing under. Make sure it is fully covered with soap and water. Let soak for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how hard or old the Chapstick was. If you are working on tough stains that have been around for a while, you may want to let it sit overnight but proceed after soaking for one hour.
- When finished soaking, remove from tub very carefully without ripping any fabric against the lip balm residue. If you do rip your clothing, remove as much of the substance as possible before continuing with this process because there is no going back once ripped!
- In a sink, begin rinsing articles of clothing under the faucet. To do this, place your hands under running water and rub them together using your fingers or palms. This will help rid it of all traces of soap that is left.
- Now, you must wash the clothing in the washing machine in a normal setting with laundry detergent as usual. Add ¼ cup baking soda if you have white clothes to avoid any color bleeding if applicable. However, Chapstick does not usually discolor clothing once rinsed thoroughly enough for this step to be necessary. You can also put it through another rinse cycle if you are concerned about residual soap being left behind even though it should now be gone completely!
- Here comes the hard part – waiting for your clothes to dry! If you attempt to wear the clothing while it is still damp, you will leave a giant stain from the Chapstick. You can try fluffing up or shaking out pieces of your clothes that have absorbed a lot of water before drying them, but this can be a time-consuming process, and there is no guarantee the chapstick marks will come out. The best way to get rid of Chapstick on clothes is to wait for them to dry completely without any further contact!
- If all went according to plan, you should now have articles of clothing minus one big mess in the lip balm department! Enjoy wearing your newly Chapstick-free outfits!
And there you have it! Five ways to remove Chapstick stains from your favorite clothing items like a pro without worrying about ruining them! With these methods, you can remove that annoying waxy stuff from anything; clothes, furniture, carpeting – whatever. It works like a charm.