How do you remove dried latex paint out of clothes? It has been there for several days. I haven't really tried anything yet because didn't want to make it worse.

  • Depending on the fabric I would try lacquer thinner on cotton, waterless hand cleaner on more delicate fabrics
    – Jack
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 7:08
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    I've had luck with GoofOff Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 9:21

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I find that rubbing alcohol works quite well as a solvent for dried latex paint. Soak and rub.


I suspect a lot depends on the fiber of the clothing in question and probably the paint as well. My experience is limited to cotton clothing (T-shirts). Rather surprisingly, a simple machine wash with regular detergent removed a mixture of acrylic (US "latex") wall paint, acrylic putty, gypsum and cement plaster. Honestly, I was extremely surprised regular detergent can remove all that. I suspect it's because cotton has a "puff" on its surface that gets removed (or turned into lint) by the washing cycle, together with whatever is stuck to it. With some lint-free artificial fibers, a simple machine wash might not work so well.

I have a relative who paints [paintings] with artist grade acrylics, and she says that those don't come off clothes well in the washing machine, so I suspect paint grade/type matter as well.


Mötsenböcker's LIFT OFF Latex Paint Remover should work, and is readily available in North American big box stores and Amazon.

From their instructions:

For Washables

  • Test for colorfastness by spraying an inconspicuous area.

  • Spray paint spot thoroughly; wait at least 60 seconds.

  • Agitate if necessary (the back end of a tooth brush works well). Repeat if necessary.

  • Launder as fabric recommendations allow.

  • Which end of a toothbrush is the back end? Is that the brush end or the handle?
    – wallyk
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 18:55
  • I'd think they are talking about the handle. I've had success just rubbing the fabric against itself as well. Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 19:26

I tried every solution I could find on online. Nothing worked. Finally, on a whim and out of desperation, I squirted on some Goof Off. It took only very minimal effort with a toothbrush to remove the paint completely.


Soap + HOT water can work sometimes. Hot water can break down latex paint. I would always try this before moving to stronger solvents.

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