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How to Clean Up Halloween Make-Up & Face Paint Stains

The weather is cooling off and trick-or-treating is around the corner. Children have been debating their costume choice for weeks. Will they be a goblin or a witch? Will they wear a mask or make-up? If they pick make-up, don’t be worried about all of the stains that may appear on their costume! We have some tips for you to use!

For non-oily make up stains such as eye shadow and blush, lightly brush the powder off the clothing or costume, then blot the stain with a damp cloth and launder with your favourite detergent. Purex Baby Liquid Detergent and Purex Free and Clear Detergent are great options if you are looking for a hypoallergenic detergent.For white fabrics, you can also add chlorine bleach to your wash If the stains are from oily makeup, gently blot the stain, and do not rub! Then pretreat with liquid detergent. Let the stain sit for five minutes and launder as usual. In both cases, check the stained area before transferring the clothes to the dryer as the heat from the dryer will set the stain and make it very difficult (or impossible) to remove the stain.

For stubborn stains, rub a little mineral oil on to the stain. Let it sit for approximately twenty minutes, then launder as usual. Before using mineral oil on the stain, apply a bit in an inconspicuous area to make sure it does not alter the fabric or colour. This should help to loosen the stain and allow it to wash out.

For white fabrics, you can also add chlorine bleach to your wash. For coloured fabrics, please use some colour-safe bleach such as Purex Advanced Stain Fighter.

As always, happy stain fighting! Happy Halloween!

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