What To Do When Lip Balm Goes Through The Dryer

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Dear Home-Ec 101,
I washed and dried a load of darks with a tube of lip balm (Arbonne, if that makes a difference!), needless to say I have grease spots all over the clothes. How can I remove them?
There’s a Ford Maverick!

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retrochick.JPGIvy says:

I can’t even begin to tell you how many tubes of  lip balm have made it through my wash cycle. For some unknown reason, lip balm seems to enjoy the trip through the washer and dryer, because it seems to hide in pockets and lay in wait for the unsuspecting clothes. Not good, not good at all.

Fortunately, I have found a method of removing those greasy spots left by lip balm. I use Goo Gone. It has never been known to fail to remove those spots. Just follow the manufacturer’s directions.

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Don’t use it on delicate clothing- if you have some delicate clothing that needs to be de-chapsticked, use Dawn dishwashing liquid, but that doesn’t work quite as easily as the Goo Gone. Goo Gone is truly a miracle with lip balm disasters!

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8 thoughts on “What To Do When Lip Balm Goes Through The Dryer”

    • I am ready to have a nervous breakdown I have this lip care called Nivea blackberry lip care I washed and dried my white clothes when I took them out to fold them I almost had a heart attack do you have anything that might be able to get this lip care out of all my white clothes they are mostly cottonl

      • That is so frustrating and I’m sorry. You can try, but since it has been dried, it is probably set. Try the strongest strategies for oil, grease and ink stains on hopefully an older item of underwear, where you’ll be less upset if the garment is damaged by the removal process. I don’t believe that the gentle strategies will be very effective since it was cotton which was likely dried on hot will be very effective. I’ll link to those in a bit when I’m not at work

  1. I would never have thought of that, since GooGone (a FABUlous substance!) is also an oil?? Will this work for the less “industrial” but just as annoying small oil spots (from cooking or whatever) that Shout & warm water just don’t seem to get out? I get LOTS of those. I guess I’m either a messy cook or a messy eater, or both… Or I just need to get in the habit of wearing an apron…

    • Remove battery from phone. Dry any obvious damp areas gently with a soft cloth. Put both and battery (still seperated) into a plastic zip-lock bag amd fill with uncooked white rice. Seal bag and let sit overnight. Be sure both phone and battery are completely covered in rice. Good Luck!

  2. What if it is the entire load with 20+ spots on every piece of clothing? It would be difficult to Goo Get all of that. Is there a more global way to rewash the whole load and remove the stains.


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