You know how frustrating it can be if you’ve ever woken up with makeup smeared across your pillow and mattress sheets.
Whether it’s your makeup or your guest’s, removing foundation stains out of bedding is no easy task. But with a bit of know-how, you can get those pesky stains out in no time.
Always check the care instructions from the mattress manufacturer, bed sheet manufacturer and pillowcase manufacturer before attempting to remove any stains.
As always, spot test any new cleaning method on an inconspicuous area of your pillowcase before proceeding.
With a few simple steps, you’ll have your pillowcases and bedding looking good as new.
Materials they’ll need:
Before we get started, you’ll need to round up the following items. Hopefully, you can find most of them in your household cabinets:
- knife with serrated edge, like a butter knife
- Dish soap with grease fighting abilities
- 2-3 cups of tap water
- clean microfibre cloths
- Any shaving cream
- Essential oils
- Laundry detergent
- Baking soda (what else can you use baking soda for?)
How To Get Foundation Out Of Mattress Sheets & Pillowcases?
One main thing to note is that different types of foundations make the cleaning process a little bit harder. Here’s what you need to know.
If your foundation is oil-based, you’ll have a much better time cleaning it off your pillowcase. Many of the items we mentioned have grease-fighting properties, making it much easier to remove makeup from your bedding.
Step By Step Guide To Removing Foundation of Sheets:
Step 1: Remove your bed sheets or pillowcase from your mattress as soon as possible.
Step 2: Lay your sheets or pillowcase on a hard surface, like your dinner table or work desk.
Step 3: Gently scrape off the foundation using a spoon or butter knife, being careful not to damage the fabric of your sheets.
Step 4: Combine a few drops of gentle, grease-fighting dish soap with 2-3 cups of water, and mix well.
Step 5: Dampen a microfibre cloth in the cleaning solution, then gently blot at the makeup stain until it starts to lift away from the fabric. Reapply more cleaning solutions as needed, but do not scrub too harshly, or you may risk damaging your pillowcase.
Step 6: Put your pillowcase and bedding in the washing machine with a powerful stain removing laundry detergent. You can pre-soak them if you wish, as this may be part of the detergent instructions.
Step 7: Air dry your pillowcase and bedding. We always recommend sun-drying!
Step 8: Repeat all the steps as necessary until the foundation is removed.
How To Get Mascara Out Of Pillowcases & Mattresses?
If you’re struggling to remove mascara stains from your pillowcases and mattress, you can try a few things.
Step 1: First, start by scraping away as much of the mascara as possible using a butter knife or spoon. If it’s on a mattress or pillow sheet, it’s worth taking it off beforehand.
Step 2: Once this is done, mix 2-3 cups of water with some gentle, grease-fighting dish soap such as Fairy Liquid and dab at the stain with a soft, damp microfibre cloth. You may need to repeat this step several times until the stain has lifted completely.
If the mascara doesn’t respond well to water alone, you can also try using shaving cream or baking soda to help break down the stain.
Step 3: Simply apply either one of these products directly onto the makeup stain and gently work it in using a soft cloth or your fingers. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes if it’s the shaving cream and as many hours as possible for the baking soda technique.
Step 4: Once done, blot with a damp cloth and then use a vacuum to get all those pesky stains and dirt from your mattress.
Factors That May Affect Your Pillow or Mattress Cleaning Journey
- Mattress surface cover
- Mattress Type
- Pillow Type
- Foundation type
Several factors can affect your pillow or mattress cleaning journey, including the type of surface cover on the mattress and the type of mattress itself. For example, a memory foam mattress is much more difficult to clean than a traditional spring mattress due to its unique material properties that can change if it stays wet for too long or gets too hot.
If you can’t remove the mattress surface cover, it will be more difficult to remove makeup stains. The best way to clean a pillow or mattress is to first remove any removable covers and wash them according to their care instructions. If the cover is not removable, then you’ll need to take extra care while cleaning not to
There are many different types of pillows available today, each with its own unique characteristics and cleaning requirements. One of the most common types is duck and goose feather pillows, popular for their softness and comfort. However, these pillows can be more difficult to clean than a regular pillow as the feathers can be easily damaged.
One of the most standard pillowcases is silk pillowcases, popular due to their softness and luxurious feel. However, these pillowcases can be more challenging to clean than normal cotton or synthetic material due to their delicate nature.
Now that we’ve gone over some of the different materials you may encounter while trying to clean your pillow or mattress, let’s talk about the type of foundation you’re using.
This can be a significant factor as different foundations will affect the cleaning process and can cause issues such as acne. For example, oil-based and water-based foundations are much easier to clean!