How do you get makeup out of a car seat?

I babysit a bunch of kids. Sometimes, I have to pick them up after school or sports practices. Well, one of them decided to paint my backseat with makeup—lipstick, liquid foundation, and nail polish. I’m at a loss. What’s the best way to remove makeup from my car’s interior?

Answer
Unless you want to start a mobile art gallery, you have options!
Makeup tends to contain oil, which will make it difficult to clean up. But it’s not impossible. Here’s how to tackle each product.
Let’s start with the lipstick. You’re going to need dish soap and a soft brush (like a toothbrush) or sponge. Apply the soap to the stain, let it soak in, and then gently rub it. Repeat until the stain is gone.
For liquid foundation, you can use the same materials. The process will be similar, except you’ll add a bit of warm water into the mix this time. Apply the soap to the stain, dip your tool into warm water, then gently rub the seat. The stain should get smaller and smaller until poof—it’s gone. After that, use a dry cloth or a paper towel to dab the spot until it’s dry.
Last but not least, the nail polish. This one is not as easy to remove. You’re going to want to put on a pair of gloves before you begin. Then, grab a rag (or towel you hate) and some acetone.
Dip a corner of the rag or towel into the acetone, then ring it out carefully. Dab—do not rub—the nail polish. It should pale, and then you can move to a dry spot of your towel to try and absorb the rest of it. Repeat as needed.
WARNING: If you have leather or delicate fabric seats don’t use acetone. Even on regular cloth seats, you may want to test the acetone on an inconspicuous area to ensure it won’t discolor the fabric before using it anywhere else in your car.
Alternatively, you could opt for a professional car detail and skip the hassle of cleaning this mess up yourself. Make room in your budget for detailing by saving money on other car expenses with Jerry.
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Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 22, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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