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How to get Paint out of Clothes


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We’ve been in the middle of working on our family room make over, that I told you about a few months ago.  We decided to wait until the holidays were over to really get started.  As soon as the Christmas tree came down, we got to painting.  I finally decided on Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray and couldn’t be more happy!!  It’s the perfect gray!  I can’t wait to share some pictures of the progress soon.

During the painting, my husband happened to walk thru the room with his favorite coat on and brushed a corner with fresh paint……and you guessed it, he ended up with paint on the sleeve.  You should have seen the disappointment in his face when he told me about it – after it was dry.

I told him, no worries, I know a little trick that should get dry paint out of clothes, and since the jacket was machine washable, it should come right out!  This method is 99% effective, and is worth a try!  Since you already have paint on the garment, you don’t have much left to lose.

Find out how to get dried paint out of clothes at TidyMom.net

All you need is a wet cloth, 91% Isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol, you can get at the drug store) and a brush.

How to get paint out of clothes:

  1. use a wet cloth to get the area with the paint wet – it doesn’t need to be soaking wet, just dab it with the wet cloth until the fabric is wet.
  2. saturate the paint stain with Isopropyl  alcohol
  3. use your brush to scrub until the paint is no longer visible.   (if needed, add a little more alcohol while scrubbing)  you will see the paint break down and crumble
  4. place garment in washer and launder according to label.

that’s it!!

It should look as good as new!


Find out how to get dried paint out of clothes at TidyMom.net

He’s a happy man again!……and you get a little sneak peek at my beautiful gray walls! 😉


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. WOW! Amazing and amazingly easy! Thank you so much.

  2. Thanks for the tip!   I had a North Face jacket with paint on it and it came out beautifully!!!   I will pass this on!

  3. I just tired this on a spot that happened 4+ years ago. The jacket has been washed several times since and I had given up hope of ever getting out the paint. Well, it worked! I am beyond excited to have the jacket back I my wardrobe!

  4. “thru” “beautiful gray walls” “😉” Either this was written by a suburban white mom or an 8 year old.

    • someone got up on the crabby side of the bed today.

      Through and thru are different spellings of the same word.

      Gray and grey are different spellings of the same word, and both are used throughout the English-speaking world

      Hope you’re day gets better……….

    • and of course my email reply bounced back because you used a fake email.

      • My son leaned against an oxidized door at the school in his brands new soccer jersey. will this work on that to? i am desperate.


  6. You rock!
    Are you really a mom or is there a social media wizard behind this blog?

  7. An irresponsible housepainter got paint on a nice dress hanging in my closet – this worked!  

  8. Does this work on silk to

  9. I was wondering if paint could be removed from a leather coat. Please?

    • I honestly have no idea.  If it’s a good coat, I would try a place that does shoe repair, because I know most of them will work on other leather items.  Good luck

  10. Grey ( the colour)  is spelt with an E

  11. So I washed my jacket already thinking the paint would come off but it didn’t and was super upset. Ha so I looked up how to get rid of paint. Do you think this rubbing alcohol trick will still work??

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  13. This worked great. I got the paint stain off of my daughter’s coat and it looks brand new!!! Thank you!
    Also, if you people don’t like the spelling don’t read the blog and save your rude comments. I’m sure you tried this trick and it worked great how about you at least say thanks for the tip.

  14. Great solution!   This even worked on a paint stained jacket that had been washed and dried before the rubbing alcohol treatment.  I recommend a stiff bristle brush over a tooth brush (too soft). THANK YOU! 

  15. Quick question..I have a small paint stain on a dry clean only comforter. Is it necessary to wash or launder the comforter after cleaning it with  alcohol ?

  16. Tried this on a polyester hoody.

    Did not work  🙁  

  17. Will 91% Isopropyl alcohol also get our vanish?

  18. Didn’t work on dried paint

  19. Thank you, thank you for posting this! My husband also somehow got paint on his coat and we didn’t notice it until it had dried. We all thought it was a lost cause but this took it right out!! Very, very grateful!

  20. Will this work on cotton clothing?

  21. Such a great tip! I’m trying it right now. Scrolling down to comments and saw this post by, “No”

    I sure hope you don’t have many people like that who choose to write you. I enjoy all your tips and I know your methods work. I bought your book and have has great. Success!!!

  22. Thank you for the tip , all tips for that matter !!
    Will try this !!!

  23. Awesome! Thanks for the tip. I am so bad about getting paint on my clothes. I’m so trying this today! I have to ask. I love the color of your walls. I’m trying to find a gray cope to paint our living room. Do you mind sharing what the brand and name of the color? Please and thank you! Have a great day

  24. I dont know what brand she used, but I know she the color was “Coventry Gray” I also love this color and will be on the look out for it next time I paint!

  25. Tidy mom don’t let the trolls get you down. Some people can only momentarily escape misery by trying to drag the rest of us down.
    Thanks for the advice can’t wait to see how my green hoodie comes out!

  26. Fingernail polish remover takes out paint stains too, atleast latex paint.

  27. Fingernail polish remover works on latex paint t stains of any age. 🙂 I’m surprised this doesn’t get mentioned more often. (I’m not sure how much I. alcohol is in fingernail polish remover)

  28. Does the alcohol rub to get  paint off work with both oil and latex paints?

  29. I’m going to give this a try! 

  30. Didnt work for me uuuug

  31. Hello!

    Do you think 99% isopropyl alcohol will do as well? I can’t get 91% here where I live.

    Thank you for your advice and have a beautiful day!

  32. Thanks for the tip,  my daughter has an expensive sweater that I tried this on, it worked without even fading the fabric. I ciuld kick myself when I think of all.of the clothes I’ve tossed out because they had paint dried on them. Well, you learn something every day.

  33. I hope this works, I have a shirt and tennis shoes.

  34. I tried nail polish remover and it didn’t work

  35. How can I reach thru a personal email.  I lived in St.Louis and I am desperate for a recipe I received while living there.

  36. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for saving my new pair of pants. I’m so happy 🙂

  37. I’m so late to the party but you gotta give credit where credit is due! My daughter’s camp didn’t think to put a smock on a 6-year-old and she had on a new first day of camp outfit 🙁 The shirt was bad and the shorts had splatters. Now I had to use more than a little and a scrubber instead of a toothbrush, but the outfit has been saved! Thank you very much for this tip and I now have a new blog to follow!

  38. What I bought at WalMart was only 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol – do I need the 91% to get out paint or will this work with a little more scrubbing?

  39. Works Great!! Spilled white paint on my nike running shorts and was so disappointed. I am so glad the stain came out, I can finally wear them again!

  40. It didn’t work for me and I don’t know if that is because I used it on denim pants for if its because of something else. Got any tips if I try it again?

  41. I wore my super comfy knock-around jeans while painting my whole house his summer.  Needless to say, I got quite a bit of paint on them – flat and semi gloss.  I’ve really been missing those pants but don’t dare wear them for fear of being caught!  LOL. I took a chance and googled how to get paint out clothes and found your page.  I’ve just finished scrubbing – close to an hour – and they’re in the wash now.  I can’t wait to wear them again.  Your tip worked great!  

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