Self-tanning lotion can be a magical thing. After all, after applying a little of the stuff and waiting a little while, your previously winter-white skin is golden and tanned. No dangerous ultraviolet light exposure or annoying swimsuit lines required. But the problem with the way that self-tanning lotion stains your skin so nicely is that it can stain other things as well, like clothes. But just like the self-tanning stain won’t last forever on your skin, you can make sure the stain gets out of the fabric just as well.
Get ready to do some swishing! Create a mixture of 2 tbsp. dishwashing liquid and 1 gallon of warm water in a large bucket. Then put the clothing item in the dishwashing mixture and let it sit for 30 minutes or more. After you’ve soaked the item for awhile, remove the clothing from the dishwashing liquid and gently wring it out to get out the extra water.
Next, apply a small amount of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to a clean cloth and dab it onto any remaining self-tanning lotion stain on the fabric. Wait 10 minutes to let the hydrogen peroxide soak into the fabric and then place it in the washing machine. Before washing, check the fabric tag to see the what the hot water recommendation is on the fabric instructions. Wash the linen with regular laundry detergent in the hottest water allowed by the fabric tag.
Once the washing machine is done washing, pull the clothing out but don’t put it in the dryer yet. Look carefully for any remaining stain. If there isn’t any, you can air dry or put the item in the dryer on a delicate cycle. If there is still a stain, repeat the above steps until the stain is completely gone.