7 Ways To Get Acrylic Paint Out Of Clothes

So you were decorating your favorite part of the house, and you accidentally spilled paint on your shirt. You should have put that old-school t-shirt on when you wanted to!

If you did, you wouldn’t be going through your current situation but don’t worry, you can still get it out, and here are 7 ways to do so.

How to Get Acrylic Paint Out of Clothes

Use dishwashing liquid

The best and easiest time to remove acrylic paint is while it is still wet. One thing about acrylic paint is you have to act as quickly as possible.

Once it dries, it becomes a lot more complicated, but not impossible, to remove it from your clothes.

You’ll need:

  • A dishwashing liquid
  • A sponge
  • Water – preferably warm
  • A bowl for mixing

Soak the spot with water first. Next, grab your bowl and mix your dishwashing liquid with water. You don’t need much, just a little bit of both, depending on the size of the stain.

Use your sponge to rub your soap and water mixture on it gently. As the stain loosens up, pour more water on it.

Repeat this process until you’ve successfully gotten rid of all the paint.

Grab a spoon!

This method also works on stains that are still wet. All you have to do is use either your spoon or a table knife to scrape off any clumped-up paint.

If there is still a spot left on your cloth, take a damp cloth and gently dab on it until the stain is gone. Avoid rubbing it as this will only push and spread the stain further into your cloth.

Isopropyl alcohol or acetone

This one is for when the paint is already dry. As I mentioned earlier, dried paint is much tougher to get rid of, so at this stage, you have to really get in there.

It would be best to be more careful with this method, though, because not all kinds of fabric can withstand alcohol.

Any plastic-based fabric will melt when it comes in contact with alcohol or acetone. Fabrics like wool, silk, modacrylic, triacetate, and acetate fabrics.

This is more like a follow-up on the second method. After scraping or brushing off the clumped-up pieces of paint, soak the stain with the alcohol. Pour as much as possible and make sure the spot is completely soaked through.

Use a brush to continue scraping. If you can, use your fingernails as well. Any object that can scrape well without damaging your clothes can be used for this.

Baking soda

Don’t be surprised. Everyone knows this multipurpose household ingredient is generally used for baking and other food-related processes but what they do not know is that it contains a lot of powerful cleaning properties.

It can be used to clean and refresh just about anything but today, I will show you how to use it as a stain remover.

You’ll need:

  • A cup of water
  • Baking soda
  • Detergent
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A bowl and plastic spoon for mixing

Pour the cup of water into the bowl. Next, add in your dishwashing liquid and rubbing alcohol. After that, you can pour in the baking soda and detergent. Mix everything thoroughly with your plastic spoon.

Once it has all been combined, you can do one of two things; either you dip the stained part of your cloth into the mixture, or you pour it on your cloth and let it sit for 5 to 20 minutes, depending on how large the stain is.

After the elapsed time, pick your cloth out of the mixture and rub it together just as you would while hand-washing it. Voila! The stain is gone.

You can use 1 tablespoon of each ingredient or the solution but remember to adjust the measurement according to the size of the stain. If it’s a small one, you can use 1 tablespoon for each item and 4 tablespoons for a bigger one.

Glycerin and lime juice

Just like baking soda, lime is another edible ingredient that has strong cleaning abilities. It is mostly used alongside baking soda as a homemade teeth whitening paste, but it can also be used with glycerin to soften acrylic paint on clothes.

You’ll need:

  • Glycerin
  • Detergent
  • Lime or lemon juice
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Warm water
  • Bowl

Pour all the ingredients except the warm water into a mixing bowl. Use a spatula to combine everything properly. Scoop a little and pour it on the stain, then with your finger or a toothbrush, scrub the stain in circular motions.

It will look like the paint is bleeding, and the stain may spread to other sides of your cloth but don’t worry.

Next, use a paper towel or another cloth you no longer use to wipe off the gooey mess that you’ll be left with. Pour warm water into another bowl and soak your cloth in it for at least 10 minutes. Rinse and ring out to dry.

Use deodorant and a nail polish remover

I saw this trick a long time ago, and surprisingly it worked. You don’t need much for this. Simply grab any deodorant you like, liquid dish soap as always, and a nail polish remover (with or without acetone).

Spray your deodorant on the stain, rub the spot with your fingers. Don’t be scared if it bleeds. Pour your liquid dish soap on it and rub the fabric against itself.

Pour your nail polish remover on it. Rub with your fingers again, rinse it off with water. Pour more soap to wash off any stain that remains entirely.

Ammonia and vinegar

If all else fails or your cloth is plastic-based and will melt from acetone, this should work for you.

You’ll need:

  • White vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Salt

Scrape off as much paint as you can with a brush. Mix your ingredients and pour on the cloth. Rub it against itself until most of the paint is gone.

After that, you can go ahead and wash with your hand or a washing machine. Make sure to confirm that all the paint is gone before leaving it to dry.