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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lipstick on Your Collar Gonna Tell on You!

Filed under: Relationships,Video — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Sometimes a close hug with our very own sweetheart can cause a lipstick stain on your collar. Here is a good way to come clean.

Dust cornstarch or baking soda on the telltale mark. Place a cloth or towel on an ironing board and lay the stain on top of it. Iron the wrong side of the stain to release the pigment. If any residue remains, try a gentle wash in dish washing liquid.

OR… whenever attempting to make the sexy smear disappear, gently “dab” the lipstick smudge with a white tissue until no more lifts off the garment and onto the hankie (use as many tissues as you need to reach this point, only dabbing a clean area onto the lipstick!). This is only your first step in removing the oily color-infused part of the lipstick. (Do not-I repeat, don’t “rub” with the tissue or you’ll just make the stain worse, and even that much harder to remove.)

Next, laying the stained area of your fabric onto a hard non-porous surface, completely cover the lipstick smear with a dry mini-mountain of baking soda. Using a dry, soft nail or spare toothbrush, in small stroking motions, “sweep” the remaining lipstick into the dry baking soda and vise-versa. At this stage, you’ll be amazed at how much more of the pigment and oil still comes out of the fabric attaching itself to the baking soda (which will turn very pink).

When you are certain that no more lipstick is coming out of the fabric, shake the color-infused baking soda into your nearest trash can-avoiding getting it on anything.

Although you will still see a ghost of the original mark, cover it again with a fresh heap of baking soda, but this time dribble a few drops of white vinegar onto the mound until it starts to bubble up. (You’ll like this part!)

When the vinegar-baking soda mixture finishes bubbling, add just a few drops of clear dish detergent to the area and scrub like the dickens. If the lipstick stain hasn’t disappeared completely, rinse the area in cold water, repeat the steps above, and then launder as usual. The telltale stain should be gone.

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Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and a nondenominational minister. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.

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