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Your Questions: Tanning Lotion on Clothes

By Dr. Laundry April 29, 2008

Q: I own a tanning salon and a bottle of tanning lotion exploded on my new blouse. I rinsed it out but now I have a white ring around the stain. Is there anything I can do to get these stains out? Your response would be appreciated.

A: Tanning lotion usually contains a lot of oily components and some solids for protection that may be best be treated by pre-treating with a good liquid detergent (apply, rub in and wait 5-10 minutes). Next, wash in the hottest water recommended for the item (check the care label) using detergent + 3/4 cup Clorox Regular-Bleach if white OR detergent + recommended amount of Liquid Clorox2 Bleach for Colors if colored. Don’t forget to check for success after washing and repeat procedure if needed before drying. If you’re not sure if successful, then it’s best to air dry and then retreat item if needed. AVOID dryer drying as this may “melt” the oils into the fibers making them difficult/impossible to remove.