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Sep 10

Makeup Stains on White Washcloths and Linens Drives B&B Owners Crazy

What is it about white towels and washcloths that hotel, inn, or Bed and Breakfast  guests are drawn to like a magnet if they happen to be women who wear heavy makeup? Even when a black or dark purple or dark brown washcloth is provided, the presence of a white washcloth hanging by the sink or the shower seems irresistible. The challenge is accepted and every conceivable shade of dark mascara, red lipstick, purple eyeshadow are rubbed off onto the whitest of white washcloths and towels. Why? Who knows. I do know that women would not likely do that to their own white towels in their homes. Removing those make-up stains on white facecloths is expensive and time-consuming at a B&B such as ours.

We’ve tried providing expensive makeup remover products that have been saturated with non-irritating oil to gently remove makeup without irritating the eyes. But they’re left to dry out, unused.

Instead we spend hours and money scrubbing the stains, bleaching towels, and throwing many expensive 100% cotton hand towels and wash cloths away. Yes, we then find a use for those washcloths as kitchen washrags, but the stack is getting huge. I end up resenting such inconsiderate guests, which contributes to burnout stress over the long haul of running a B&B.

The best way to prevent dark makeup stains on white towels, in my opinion, is to not have white towels in your B&B in the first place. Crazy me. I have white towels in every guest room. But I’m crossing my fingers that my cleaning problems will decrease since I’ve put a little rolled-up high-quality, soft, attractive black washcloth on a pretty plate on each sink. I even point it out when I orient guests to the room at check-in.

Oh, by the way, add in the spray-on or wipe-on fake gold-colored tanning products and the work it takes to remove THOSE stains from our ruined expensive towels, and my head starts spinning…