How to Remove Glycerine From Material

Glycerine, often spelled glycerin, is a liquid that feels oily but is water-soluble. In fact, glycerine is used to remove some stains from material--for example, consumer.org.nz lists it as one product for removing lipstick stains from fabrics. Glycerin is a common ingredient in soaps and moisturizing lotions. Because of its water-soluble nature, if glycerine is spilled on material, removing it is usually not difficult.

Step 1

Dampen a cloth or sponge in warm water. Rub the cloth or sponge gently over the glycerine on the material.

Step 2

Blot the material with paper towels to soak up some of the glycerin. Apply a mild dish detergent (just a few drops, depending on how large the spill is on the material) directly to the material.

Step 3

Rub the detergent into the area with the wet cloth or sponge. If the material is a small piece of fabric, rinse it immediately in warm water. If the material is upholstery, or is otherwise too large to rinse in a sink or tub of water, use another dampened sponge or cloth to rinse it.

Step 4

Machine wash the item if it is clothing, or a similar washable material. Otherwise, when you are finished cleaning the item, blot it dry.