Health & Beauty
Get Makeup Out of Anything
Crying over spilled makeup? Here's how to get nail polish, lipstick and other cosmetic stains off of fabric -- stat
Absorb as much of the polish as you can with a paper towel. Blot, don't rub, as you don't want to spread the stain around. Once most of the product is picked up, get an old towel (one you don't mind staining, obviously) and add some acetone (most nail polish remover has acetone in it) to the towel. Blot the carpet stain with the acetone remover. Once the stain is relatively saturated with acetone, take a dry section of the towel and press it over the stain -- it should extract a lot of the color. Move the towel to different dry areas and repeat. When you've noticed that the towel has stopped picking up the stain, cover the area with a carpet cleaner and continue the dry towel method until the stain is (fingers crossed!) gone.
If you spilled the whole bottle of nail polish and it's a light-colored carpet, it may be worth cutting the carpet out and patching it with a piece from inside a closet.
On your clothing: If it's a sturdy fabric (like cotton), you can try putting acetone on it and using the method above. A warning: Clothing containing acetate, triacetate or modacrylic will actually dissolve upon contact with acetone, so make sure to read the label. If it's expensive clothing that you invested in (or can't bear to take a risk on), take it to a dry cleaner.
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