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How to Get Tanning Lotion Out of Your Carpet

Tanning lotion is great for protecting your skin, but it isn't so good for your carpets. A suntan lotion spill can leave a smelly, oily stain that can ruin your carpet--and the look of your entire room. Fortunately, there are several quick and easy ways to remove a tanning lotion stain from most carpets.

Remove Tanning Lotion From Carpets

  1. Dampen a clean cloth or paper towel with water. Add a small amount of liquid dish soap. Massage the liquid into the cloth and gently rub the stain with the damp cloth until the stain begins to come up. Add more water and dish soap as needed until the stain is completely gone.

  2. Gently rub the area with a baby wipe until the stain begins to come up. Baby wipes can work great on oily stains because they contain ingredients that are made to work with every imaginable baby mess--from soup to poop--while being gentle on skin and fabric.

  3. Pour water into a bowl then squeeze lemon juice into the water. Dip a clean cloth into the lemon water and gently rub the stain with the wet cloth. Repeat as many times as necessary to lift the stain. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can break up the oil commonly found in suntan lotion.

Warning

  • If using lemon juice, test your carpet for color fastness. This means putting a small amount of lemon water on a hidden section of carpet and watching for any color changes. If the color changes in any way, do not use lemon water on carpet. Lemon juice contain citric acid which can cause damage to carpet fibers.