Facial and body lotion is a necessity when combating dry skin. Oils and emollients in lotion prevent skin from becoming dry and irritated, but don't do your dress any favors. Oily lotion that absorbs into your dress material can cause discoloration, and act as a dirt magnet. You must remove the lotion stain completely before drying your dress to avoid a permanent stain. With the use of effective supplies and stain removal techniques, you can successfully get a lotion stain out of your dress, and have your dress looking fashion forward, instead of like a fashion disaster.
Things You'll Need
- Aerosol petroleum-based stain pretreatment
- Heavy-duty laundry detergent
- 1 cup white vinegar
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Lay your dress on a flat surface. Remove excess lotion from the fabric by scraping it off with the edge of a spoon.
Sprinkle cornstarch over the remaining lotion stain to cover it completely. Allow the cornstarch to absorb the oil for 15 to 20 minutes.
Brush the cornstarch off and into the garbage.
Spray a petroleum-based stain pretreatment on the fabric. Let the pretreatment soak into the fabric for two minutes to break down any remaining grease.
Apply heavy-duty laundry detergent to the lotion stain. Gently rub the detergent into the fabric.
Launder your dress using the hottest water that is safe for the fabric. Add heavy-duty laundry detergent and 1 cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle to remove any last traces of the stain.
Check the fabric before drying your dress. If any lotion stain remains, repeat Steps 4 through 6 until it's removed.