How To Remove Mascara Stains

What Are Mascara Stains?

Mascara is a must-have in any woman’s make up kit but sometimes mascara can find its way in the most unwanted places. Mascaras are like lipsticks and are tough to remove because of its greasy properties. They surely make your eye look beautiful but are very harmful for clothes. Mascara stains can happen due to many reasons like going to sleep without removing your makeup. Mascaras can be disastrous in the hands of children. Even though mascara stains are tough to fight there are some tips that can help you remove the stains.

Ways To Get Rid Of Mascara Stains

White Vinegar


White vinegar helps in removing almost all stains including mascara stains. If the material is washable, first wash the material in hot water. However, before you wash the cloth, scrape out any excess mascara from the affected area using a butter knife. Now pour the boiling water on the stain for about 10 minutes. The hot water will help in weakening the molecules of the stain. Now mix about ½ cup of white vinegar into one gallon of warm water. Soak the material into this solution and keep it there for about few hours depending on the intensity of the stain. You can also occasionally take out the stained cloth and rub the affected area using old toothbrush in order to weaken the stain even further. Now wash the cloth in your washing machine and set the temperature to the highest limit that your cloth can withstand. Check on the stain before drying the cloth. If there is still some stain, you can repeat the process. If you put the stained cloth in the dryer, it might toughen the stain.

Citric Acid


Citric acid is known to cut the grease in the stain and may be very effective against these greasy stains. You can buy citric acid solution from the market or make it in your home. If you cannot find citric acid, use lemon juice as it has acidic nature, which can act as a catalyst against the grease cutting the stain. Rub the citric acid or lemon juice using a brush to remove the stain. Once the stain has been removed significantly, you can wash the material in your washing machine.

Borax Powder


Borax powder helps in removing many stains and one of them is a mascara stain. Firstly, remove the excess mascara from the affected area by scraping it out. Scrape out the mascara in the inward direction in order to avoid spreading the stain further. Put dry borax powder on the stain and use a brush to rub on the affected area in anti-circular motion. Borax will not only absorb the oily component of the stain it will also fight against it. Once the stain has been removed, pout hot water on it to remove the borax from the cloth. Now wash the cloth using white vinegar as this will help further in removing the stain.



Ammonia is used to clean areas, which cannot be washed like a carpet. However, ammonia is very abrasive and make sure that the material can withstand the harsh treatment. Moreover, never mix ammonia with bleach as ammonia and bleach can produce harmful fumes. Lastly, some people may be allergic to the smell of ammonia. However, if you take some precautions, it can surely do the job for you. Firstly, make a solution by mixing one tablespoon of ammonia in 2 cups of warm water. Now use a sponge to apply the solution on the affected area and rub it gently. Do not apply to much pressure as it may lead to discoloration. You can do a spot test to be on the safer side. Once the stain has been removed, sponge the area again with cold water and then finally blot it dry.

Stain Remover

There are lot of stain removers in the market that can help you in removing the stain but they can be ineffective sometimes and harsh on the material too. The trick is to find a stain remover that is perfect for your cloth and the stain. Find a stain remover that is not too harsh on the material and is perfect for greasy stains. Wash the cloth with the stain remover before giving it a regular wash. However, do not put the cloth in the dryer until you are sure that the stain has gone completely.


If the affected cloth is white then bleach may be the best solution for you if nothing else works. However, bleach just as ammonia is abrasive and can be quite harsh on your cloth. Secondly, if you have treated the material with ammonia do not wash it with bleach, as the fumes produced can be hazardous. Do a spot test before you bleach the material to make sure that it does not lead to any discoloration of the material.