How to remove tempera paint from clothes

You’ve had the chance to get creative with tempera paint and now it’s time to deal with the laundry. Even though it’s a water-based paint, tempera paint stains are a mix of pigments and grease, and while it’s easier to remove than oil-based paints, it’s still a stain removal challenge. If you get tempera paint on your shirt, rinse it under cold water then wash it with a detergent that includes surfactants and bleaching agents, like Ariel washing liquid. Get rid of tempera paint stains in a few simple steps with our Ariel stain solutions.

Paint Stain On White T-Shirt

Removing tempera stains

  • 1

    Remove excess

    Get rid of any excess from the garment with a spoon before rinsing the item inside out under warm, running water.

  • 2


    Pour Ariel Original Washing Liquid directly onto the stain.

  • 3

    Preparing to wash

    Gently wring out excess water from the garments.

  • 4


    Add your tempera paint stained garments to the washing machine’s drum along with similar items.

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    Fill the cap with Ariel Original Washing Liquid and place it to your washing machine on top of your dirty laundry.

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    Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated by the garment’s fabric care label.

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    When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

Only dry the items once the stain is completely removed, as drying stained garments will set the stain. If the tempera paint stain persists after washing, repeat the previous steps before drying.

Effective stain removal on a variety of stains

Tempera paint stains are not the only paints that can stain your clothes, find out how to remove oil-based paint stains or other arts and crafts stains like super glue stains with Ariel. Follow our laundry tips to remove even the most stubborn stains in one wash.