Your Most Embarrassing Cleaning Questions—Answered!
Jolie Kerr, cleaning expert and author of the new book My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag...and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha
has seen it all, from stinky dishwashers to lipstick on your collar.
I'm about to go into a meeting and just realized I have lipstick on my shirt.
Lipstick on teeth: no problem (provided you notice it before anyone else does). Lipstick on clothing, however, can be a bit trickier. While foundation, powder and liquid blusher will respond to liquid soap dabbed on with a washcloth or sponge, lipstick and mascara require a cleaner that can attack oil-based stains. Kerr suggests keeping a secret stash of a solvent, such as Shout, Lestoil or even Pine-Sol, around; though your garment will probably require a full washing once you get home, a light application of the solvent will act as a quick-fix spot treatment to remove, or at least mute, the color.