Removing foundation stains from clothing

How do you remove a stubborn foundation stain? Foundation can leave stains that are hard to clean. Whether on clothing, carpet or leather, you have to act quickly before the stain sets in.

Here are my top 10 tips for removing a foundation stain from clothing.

1. Remove a foundation stain with vinegar

The first trick I suggest for cleaning a stain of foundation on a fabric is to use white vinegar.

Here’s how to properly clean this stain:

  1. Dampen a cloth with white vinegar and rub the foundation stain.
  2. Rinse the garment and machine wash to complete the trick.

This vinegar tip can clean a stain of foundation but also other types of makeup products as you can read here: Removing a makeup stain.

2. Remove a foundation stain from clothing

This other trick can effectively remove a stain of foundation on different types of fabrics, natural or not, including cotton and synthetic.

  1. Sprinkle Terre de Sommières on the foundation stain (cover the stain well).
  2. Place a clean, dry cloth or cloth over the stain and Sommières earth.
  3. Glide an iron on medium heat over the cloth until the cloth absorbs all of the foundation.
  4. Remove the remaining powder and rub again with a cloth and vinegar to thoroughly clean the remaining residue.

If you do not have Terre de Sommières at home, you can replace this product with Talc, which will also be effective.

3. Clean the stain with Marseille soap

Marseille soap is a natural cleaning product to use at home to clean a multitude of stains including foundation and makeup stains.

Here’s how to properly remove that foundation stain:

  1. Rub the stain with a damp cloth and a little Marseille soap.
  2. A paste will form at the stain. Leave to act for about 1 hour.
  3. Rub again with a cloth and rinse the garment in cold water to finish.

Marseille soap can also be used to clean lipstick as you will discover here: How to remove a lipstick stain?

4. Sprinkle the stain with baking soda

If you are used to looking for tips and tricks on then you know that baking soda is a very useful product to have at home!

Here’s how to use it to remove a set-in foundation stain:

  1. Sprinkle and cover the entire stain and surrounding area with baking soda.
  2. Soak a cloth in soapy water and rub the stain with circular movements.

You can add a few drops of white vinegar to clean this stain embedded in the fabric even more effectively.

5. Make the stain disappear with glycerin

Another product you can use to remove this type of stain from clothing is glycerin.

  1. Apply a little glycerine directly to the stain and leave to act for 20 minutes.
  2. Then rinse the fabric with lukewarm water and finish in the washing machine for thorough cleaning.

If the foundation stain is stubborn and well embedded in the fabric, you can start by soaking the stain with white vinegar.

Also useful for mascara stains!

Glycerin and white vinegar are also effective for cleaning mascara. Follow this link to discover all our tips: Removing mascara from clothing.

6. Something made with water and borax

Another trick to make a foundation stain disappear is to use borax.

  1. Mix an equal amount of hot water and borax.
  2. Rub the foundation stain with this mixture and a damp cloth.
  3. Rinse with a new, clean, damp cloth to complete the cleaning.

Just like borax, you can also repeat these steps but this time with soda crystals.

7. Remove a foundation stain from leather

If, like me, you are used to putting your foundation bottle in your leather handbag, watch out for stains!

Whether it is to clean a handbag or other leather garments, facial makeup remover is the product to use. Here’s how:

  1. Remove excess foundation (with the back of a spoon, for example) before it becomes embedded in the leather.
  2. Soak a small cloth or cotton ball with face makeup remover and gently rub the area to be treated.
  3. Dry with a new dry cloth by making circular movements on the leather.

Now how do you remove nail polish?

If you also notice a nail polish stain then these other tips and tricks are for you: Grandmother’s remedy for varnish stain.

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