What To Do When Lip Balm Goes Through The Dryer

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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  1. MyStarbucks on November 28, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    That would be great if I had washed a tube of lip balm but do you have any tips for repairing a washed cell phone?

  2. Divakitty on November 28, 2007 at 11:32 am

    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…

  3. Nicole Gepson on November 27, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    I’ll have to remember that. We have this happen from time to time and it’s very aggravating!

  4. Barbara on November 27, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    You can also use lemon essential oil.

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