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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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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+

80 Responses to “How to get Paint out of Clothes”

  1. Mary posted on July 7, 2015 at 10:47 am (#)

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

  2. Judy posted on July 21, 2015 at 1:23 pm (#)

    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. Angela posted on August 7, 2015 at 10:35 am (#)

    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!

    • TidyMom replied on September 20th, 2015 at 11:15 am


  4. no posted on September 18, 2015 at 9:26 pm (#)

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

    • TidyMom replied on September 19th, 2015 at 8:15 am

      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……….

    • TidyMom replied on September 19th, 2015 at 8:18 am

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

      • Julie Browell replied on September 19th, 2015 at 6:14 pm

        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.

  5. Mary posted on September 20, 2015 at 8:53 pm (#)


  6. Rena posted on September 21, 2015 at 10:50 pm (#)

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

  7. Max posted on November 3, 2015 at 9:30 am (#)

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

  8. Sissy Day posted on November 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm (#)

    Does this work on silk to

    • TidyMom replied on November 4th, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      I have never tried it on silk.  

  9. Elizabeth Burnham posted on November 10, 2015 at 2:11 am (#)

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

    • TidyMom replied on November 10th, 2015 at 10:35 am

      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. Tayler posted on November 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm (#)

    Grey ( the colour)  is spelt with an E

  11. Sean posted on December 17, 2015 at 11:36 pm (#)

    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??

  12. Maria posted on January 8, 2016 at 10:17 am (#)

    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.

  13. Betty Chandler posted on January 8, 2016 at 3:18 pm (#)

    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! 

  14. Jessica posted on January 16, 2016 at 9:13 pm (#)

    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 ?

  15. Man posted on January 26, 2016 at 10:45 am (#)

    Tried this on a polyester hoody.

    Did not work  :(  

  16. Judy Parrish posted on January 27, 2016 at 12:58 pm (#)

    Will 91% Isopropyl alcohol also get our vanish?


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