How to Remove Makeup Stains From Towels

Removing your makeup is an essential part of your daily routine. Unfortunately, the makeup that made you look fresh and flawless makes your towels look old and stained. Stain removal requires fast attention as well as meticulous effort and repetition.

Let's Talk Dirty

How you treat the stain depends upon the type of makeup. To treat a mascara stain, spray it with a grease stain solvent and let the treated towel sit for 15 minutes before rubbing the stained towel and rinsing it under warm water. Machine-wash the towel and let it air-dry.

Liquid foundations can also leave behind a residue on your towels. Remove any clumps with a knife and dampen the area. Treat the stain with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide, and work the peroxide into the towel with an old toothbrush until the stain is gone. Machine-wash and air-dry the towel.

Remove powder foundation and powder blush stains by treating the area with your preferred brand of liquid laundry detergent. Again, machine-wash and air-dry the towel.

Dirty Work

For water-based makeup stains, dampen the stain with water, and remove the stain with a bar of white soap. When the stain is removed, rinse the towel, machine-wash it, but air-dry it. For oil-based makeup stains, dampen the stain with water, spray with a solvent specifically for oil and grease stains, and then machine-wash it at the hottest temperature that the towel fabric can withstand.

Back to Life

Bring your clean, but tired, towels back to life by presoaking them in a solution of hot water and liquid detergent. Depending upon the amount of towels you are treating, you may need one capful of your favorite detergent per 2 gallons of water. Mix together, add your towels and soak them for at least 8 hours. Drain the towels and machine-wash them. Inspect the towels for stains before you machine-dry them. If the stains have been successfully removed, dry them in the dryer. If the stains are still present, pretreat and machine- wash them again.

Keep Your Options Open

If constant stain removal is too time consuming, consider other options. Resist the urge to wash your face with white or light-colored towels. Use dark-colored towels that won't show stains as easily. Remove towels out of the equation completely by using eye makeup remover and makeup cleansing wipes. Skip the trip to the department store makeup counter for an expensive eye makeup remover; instead, look in your own medicine cabinet. Dab a dot of petroleum jelly on your eyelid and gently wipe away the eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara with a cotton ball or round cotton pad. Finish the removal process by wiping your entire face with a face cleansing wipe.