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How to Get Paint Out of Kids’ Clothes

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Finding it hard to get paint out of kids’ clothes? This is a really quick and easy way to remove paint from clothes, including school uniform.

HOW TO GET PAINT OUT OF KIDS’ CLOTHES

Do you sigh every time another piece of your child’s clothing gets a big paint splat on it?

It’s very easy to end up with paint stains that just won’t come out.

Especially if you just rely on your washing powder or liquid to clean them out during a cycle in the washing machine.

Well, here’s my tried and trusted way to remove paint from clothes.

I’ve used this method since my daughter was little, coming home with paint over her clothes and uniform from kindergarten and school.

THE EASY WAY TO GET PAINT OUT OF KIDS’ CLOTHES – THAT REALLY WORKS

PAINT REMOVAL SUPPLIES

  • Washing up liquid, like Fairy Washing Up Liquid
  • Laundry ball (the kind that comes with clothes washing liquid)
  • Laundry brush, OXO does a great laundry brush, it’s really easy to handle and it doesn’t cost very much and is definitely worth the investment
  • Water

PAINT REMOVAL METHOD

  1. If there is a lot of paint, scrape off the excess with the outer bristles of the laundry brush
  2. Mix a good squirt of washing up liquid with water and splash it onto the paint stains. Stain removal works best when the paint is wet
  3. Rub the paint stains with the laundry ball or brush. Laundry balls have little bumps on the bottom of them which are great for scrubbing gently at stains in clothes
  4. Put your hand inside the fabric and rub the stained fabric onto your hand. This seems to work well to really rub at the stain. You will end up with what looks like an even bigger mess
  5. Rinse the t-shirt out with cool water
  6. Continue rubbing for three or four minutes
  7. After this time you will find all of the paint has gone from the t-shirt
  8. The t-shirt is now ready to go into the wash on its usual washing cycle

STEP-BY-STEP PAINT REMOVAL IN PICTURES

1. TAKE A CLEAN WHITE T-SHIRT

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Exhibit A – A clean white t-shirt

2. SPLATTER PAINT ON THE T-SHIRT

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Exhibit B – t-shirt covered in splodges of poster paint

3. T-SHIRT AFTER RUBBING WITH WASHING UP LIQUID

Kids' t-shirt covered in paint part way through paint removal method. Step-by-step guide to how to get poster paint out of kids' clothes, how to get poster paint out of clothes, how to get paint out of school uniform, how to remove school paint from clothes
Exhibit C – a super messy paint covered t-shirt.

4. CLEAN WHITE T-SHIRT ALL PAINT REMOVED

Clean white t-shirt after using easy paint removal tip to remove paint from kids' clothes and school uniform
Exhibit D – a nice paint-free t-shirt

STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO GET PAINT OUT OF KIDS’ CLOTHES VIDEO

So there you have it, a super easy – and effective – way to remove paint stains from kids’ clothes.

This method is great for getting out all types of water-based kids’ paint, including poster paint.

It’s particularly useful to know this paint removal tip when you have school-age kids, there are so many times they will come home with paint on their school uniform.

Of course, this method of paint removal is also great for removing paint from adult clothes.

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I hope you’ve found this post useful.

I’ve got a whole bunch of other family household management posts you might find useful too, including a post on how to remove yellow sunscreen stains from white clothes.

HOW TO GET PAINT OUT OF KIDS’ CLOTHES

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Ana

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

I'm so glad I found this! My child seems spilled the whole bottle of paint on herself, the dress is still green but significantly less, I'll try again. Any updated advice, if all else fails? Lol Thank you!

Chris D

Saturday 26th of February 2022

I'm glad this is still online. I read all kinds of complicated instructions for dealing with paint stains, then saw this - from a mom about kids' clothes after painting. It worked! Thank you, thank you. Blue paint on his favorite red shirt is gone.

Danielle Buckley

Monday 29th of September 2014

Great tip! Thanks!

Kathy Shea Mormino

Wednesday 24th of September 2014

Terrific idea to get pain out of clothing, especially now that school has started. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

Cheers,Kathy Shea MorminoThe Chicken Chickhttp://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

Alice Emma Thompson

Friday 26th of September 2014

It works so well Kathy - I just wish I'd known about it a long long time ago!

Michelle {Fun On A Dime}

Saturday 20th of September 2014

This is awesome... Do you have to do this while the paint is still wet or will it work dry? My kiddos wipe all paint on hands on their clothes. We are running out of "fun" clothes to where outside of the house! I'll have to check out the laundry ball

Alice Emma Thompson

Sunday 21st of September 2014

Hi Michelle - not at all, will work on dried in paint as long as you haven't already put it in the machine. The machine will set the colour and then it's pretty hard to find anything to get it out :-(