Kiss Clothing Stains Goodbye with KiSS-OFF

Let’s face it, teaching art is a messy job. Some days are messier than others. Some of my most memorable  days of teaching involve a mess of some kind, and often, a stain or two.

I vividly remember one particular day during my first year of teaching. I was walking down the hall cheerfully swaying a gallon of yellow tempera paint back and forth. In fact, I was almost shaking it. All of a sudden, the lid popped off! I was covered head to toe in yellow paint. Lesson learned: never walk down the hall swaying a gallon of paint, ever! I never did get that paint out of my clothes.

Luckily for me, I’ve learned a lot over the years from messy situations like this. Don’t get me wrong, I still make messes and get paint on my clothes, but I’ve found a quick solution for when messes happen: KiSS-OFF Stain Remover. It’s an absolute must have for every art teacher!


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I’ve tried a lot of different stain removing tricks but KiSS-OFF is hands down my favorite. I have a stick at home, in my desk, and in my purse.

According to the stick, it’s “The All-In-One Cleaner for use on: lipstick, grease, grass stains, blood, oil paint, food, make up, mystery stains and more!” It can be used on cotton, synthetics, carpet, upholstery, and most fine fabrics.

To use, follow these simple directions.

  1. Wet stain with water.
  2. Apply KiSS-OFF.
  3. Work into stain. (If possible, place a tissue or cloth under stain to help absorb stain away from fabric.)
  4. Wipe or rinse away stain and residue with water.
  5. More than one application may be necessary.

(For dried or stubborn stains, let KiSS-OFF dry between applications. Then rinse with water or launder as needed.)

Viola! Stains disappear.

Of course like most stain removers, KiSS-OFF doesn’t guarantee that every stain will disappear, but I can say I’ve been very happy with the amount and variety of stains KiSS-OFF has removed from my clothes and from my students’ clothes.

You can purchase KiSS-OFF online through Dick Blick, School Specialty, or Amazon for $3-$4.

I know art teachers are pros at getting out stains, so tell us:

What is the messiest stain you’ve ever had to deal with? Did you get it out?

What are your tricks for stain removal? 



Cassidy Reinken

This article was written by former AOE writer and life-long learner, Cassidy Reinken.


  • Sue Alexander

    I use Goof -Off for paint and other stains in clothing. Stinky, but works great.

  • Mallory

    I’ve become notorious for camouflaging small stains by mixing up acrylic paint to match the clothing. :)

  • I also keep a Tide to Go stick in my top drawer of my desk for personal quick fixes. It works ‘ok’ but has saved my own clothing a time or two.

    • That’s how I felt about Tide to Go (works ‘ok’) You will love Kiss-Off!

  • Mackenzie

    Hey Jessica and Cassidy! I met both of you at NAEA… it was one of my highlights :)
    Anyway I’ve been going back a reading all of your “Back to school” articles. They are great! But what I’d really reallllly love is if your wrote about what lessons you will actually teach that first week with your different grade levels?!? I usually just talk about procedures and maybe play a game that first time they are in my room – but I would LOVE to actually create something them, that would be simple enough to incorporate several/if not all my basic procedures. PRETTY PLEASE!! :)

    • Hello again Mackenzie! I really wish I was back at NAEA right now getting filled with ideas for the fall. AOE has some great back to school articles planned for the coming weeks… hopefully one of them will hit on the topic of back to school lessons! Remind me, what grades do you teach?

      • Mackenzie

        Oh me too, Cassidy!! We talked a lot the last day when we were waiting for the art supply raffle. I teach k-5th. We start next Wednesday, but then the kiddos come back on the 19th! EK!! I’m excited and nervous at the same time :)

    • Mackenzie- You will want to stop back this week on AOE- the whole week will be devoted to actual lessons you can use in the art room! It’s like you read our mind.

      • Mackenzie

        Lol, yay!! I am so excited!! If you talked about how you introduce procedures along with your lessons, that would be awesome too!!
        But I’m not trying to push my luck ;)

  • wonderbrooks

    I swear by Dawn dish soap. I was a wardrobe manager for a variety of theaters, which means organizing, maintaining, repairing, costumes, wigs, etc during productions. My mom told me the magical secret of Dawn dish detergent- you apply a couple drops directly to the stain, scrub it in, then throw in the regular wash with everything else. It even works on dried in grease stains that have been through the wash and just won’t come out- great for moms, as my son is forever getting greasy Mac and cheese stains all over his shirts.
    Also- for things like sharpie and acrylic paint, rubbing alcohol works great!, but it takes some elbow grease. I have even had success with this on dried acrylic paint, as long as the stain isn’t huge.

  • Marie E

    ok- worst stain ever: on my first day of student teaching in an inner city high school, an AP art student had been using a piece of cardboard as a palette, loaded up with a full rainbow of colors. Somehow the palette landed face down on a chair and had been picked up, but never cleaned up. Guess who accidentally sat in a chair completely covered in paint! That pair of pants went right in the trash when I got home, and from then on I always checked seats before I sat!