How To Remove Self-Tanning Lotion Stains From Clothes

How To Remove Self-Tanning Lotion Stains From Clothes

Self-tanning lotion can be great for your summer look, but it's not so great for your clothes. Everything you need to remove these stains are probably already in your cupboard.

Step 1: You Will Need

  • light-colored cloths
  • clear or white dishwashing liquid
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • glycerin

Step 2: Stain Removal 101

Always treat any stain as soon as you can. When possible, work from the inside out, or underneath the stain. This helps the stain to lift off of the fabric instead of through the fabric. Fold a light-colored cloth and place it underneath the stain to prevent the stain from spreading to more fabric.

Step 3: Just Soap

First try treating the stain with a simple mixture of dishwashing liquid and warm water. Be sure not to scrub the stain to avoid fraying the fabric, you'll only need to lightly dab.

Step 4: Peroxide Stride

Before working on the stain, test the hydrogen peroxide on a hidden area just in case the cleaning agent has a chemical reaction on the fabric. You'll want to use the 3% kind often used for first aid. Once you know it's safe for your shirt, simply dab on with a cloth or cotton ball.

Step 5: Break It Down

If nothing has worked yet, try rubbing glycerin into the stain. Glycerin is used for soaping making and can be found at health food stores. Glycerin will work to break down the stain so that it will be easier to remove. Repeat steps two and three afterwards.

Step 6: Laundry Time

One or a combination of these steps should have worked for you. Your last step will be to wash the item as you normally do. But don't dry the item until all stains are removed.