How to Remove Aftershave Stains

If you are going out on a date, you are probably going to want to smell good. But aftershave, perfume, and cologne are better smelled than seen; they can stain very easily, especially if you use colored aftershave. In this article, we’re going to look at how to remove aftershave stains from sinks and clothing.

How to Remove Aftershave Stains

How to Remove Aftershave Stains In Your Fiberglass Sink

One of the most common places to find aftershave stains is in fiberglass sinks. If you use colored aftershaves, the porous service of fiberglass can end up staining quite easily. Dab the area clean if the spill is relatively fresh, but in some cases, you may have to do a bit more work to get rid of stains that are already setting into the fiberglass.

What you will need:

  • Paper Towel
  • Rag
  • Dish Detergent
  • Warm water and baking soda (1 teaspoon of each, mixed)
  • Bleach or bathroom cleaner
  1. Take the dishwashing detergent on the rag and dab at the stained area. This should, at the very least, lighten the stain if not totally eliminate it.
  2. If the stain is not eliminated by step one (more difficult stains may take extra steps), use the warm water and baking soda solution and rub it onto the stained area. Rinse the area. At this point, almost nothing should remain from the initial stain.
  3. Take the bathroom cleaner or diluted bleach (80 to 90 percent water) and clean out the entire sink with it, paying special attention to the previously stained area. After this last application, the aftershave stain should be eliminated.  

How To Remove Aftershave Stains In Clothing

When you get excited for a date, it’s common to spill something on your clothing. Sometimes, that “something” is your aftershave, cologne, or perfume. If you’ve spilled any of these on your clothing, dab the area with a sponge as soon as you can. If you notice that it has stained later, then follow these steps to get rid of the aftershave stains.

What you will need:

  • Ammonia
  • Liquid detergent
  • Sponge

Note: You may want to use rubber gloves for this procedure due to the chemicals that you will be using. While not particularly harmful, they can cause irritation to your skin and they can make it generally unpleasant for you to go through the process of removing your aftershave stain.

  1. Take the piece of fabric and prepare your sponge. Put some of the ammonia on your sponge and start to lightly dab at the aftershave stain. Do not rub – rubbing can result in spreading the stain and it can also cause damage to the threads of the fabric. Let it sit for three to five minutes.
  2. Rinse the area with warm water. Do not ring out the fabric; give it about five to ten minutes to set in somewhat.
  3. Take the liquid detergent and squirt (or distribute) it evenly over the affected area. Allow this to sit from three to five minutes as well.
  4. Rinse the entire article of clothing very, very well at this point. Do not throw it in the washer as of yet; go ahead and hand rinse the whole thing in order to guarantee that the ammonia will not get on the rest of the clothes that you wash.
  5. Hang your article of clothing to try. Check the piece of clothing to see if the stain is gone; it is usually gone on the first try, but if the stain has set in enough, it may take another round of the above instructions in order to get rid of the aftershave stain completely.