How to Remove Lotion from Clothing

A lotion spill can wreak havoc on clothing.
A lotion spill can wreak havoc on clothing. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Lotions may be wonderful on the skin, but they can leave intense-looking oil stains on clothing. Those stains can be difficult to lift and remove. The key to their removal is finding a product that has the ability to break down the lotion's oils so that they may be washed out easily. Stain sticks are available in stores' laundry detergent aisle and are very effective in the removal of lotion stains.

Things You'll Need

  • Butter knife
  • Paper towel
  • Stain stick
  • Non-bleach laundry detergent
  • Soft-bristled scrub brush

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Scrape off excess lotion that remains on the clothing with a butter knife.

Blot remaining moisture with a paper towel.

Rub a stain stick over the lotion stain on both sides of the fabric. The product needs to penetrate through the stain.

Wait for 10 minutes.

Cover the stained area with non-bleach laundry detergent.

Scrub the affected area in circular motions with a soft-bristled scrub brush.

Rinse out the detergent. To do that, submerge the clothing in warm water, and rub the fabric together until no suds remain from the detergent.

Air-dry the clothing.


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