How to remove paint from your clothes with these quick steps

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 24, 2022
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Plastic container
Kitchen paper
cotton swab
Washing machine
With wet paint: dab with kitchen roll
Dab a cotton swab in white spirit
Clean the stain
Then in the washing machine
With dried paint: scrape off
Stain for 6 minutes in white spirit or benzene
Rinse with water
Washing machine

How to remove paint from your clothes

How to get paint out of clothes and why you need to act fast to get paint out of clothes.

You know you’re painting, there’s a good chance you could get paint on your hands or paint in your clothes.

We assume paint on a turpentine base here.

You can prevent paint on your hands by wearing paint gloves.

When pouring into a paint tray you can sometimes get paint on your hands.

NEVER CLEAN YOUR HANDS WITH TERPENTINE, it contains trimethylbenzene which is non-degradable and enters your body through your skin.


Removing paint from clothes is a quick act.

Especially if you paint large surfaces with a roller, there is a good chance that your roller will splatter and these splatters will end up on your clothes.

Or you spill in some other way.

If you want to quickly remove your paint from clothing, grab a kitchen roll or toilet roll and dab it into the stain so that the paint is absorbed.

Do not rub at all, this will only make the stain bigger!

Then take a cotton swab and dip it in white spirit and clean the paint stain.

Repeat this a few times and you will see the paint disappear from clothing.

You can also use white spirit instead of white spirit.

Then put the piece of clothing in the washing machine.


If your paint has already dried it will be a lot more difficult.

Try to scrape the paint off with an object without damaging the clothing.

If you have removed as much as possible, you will only put the stain in a container with white spirit.

Just say about 5 to 6 minutes.

Then rinse it with clean water and put the garment back in the washing machine.

If you’re lucky, the stain will be gone.

Would love to know if anyone knows any more tips for getting paint out of clothes.

I am very curious about this.

Do you have a nice suggestion or experience on this subject?

You can comment under this blog or ask Piet directly

Thanks in advance.

Pete deVries.


I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor, content marketer, and dad. I love trying out new equipment, and together with my team I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.