How to Remove Lotion From Silk

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Avoid washing silk pieces in the washing machine.
Avoid washing silk pieces in the washing machine. (Image: silk 4 image by jbattx from Fotolia.com)

Silk is a soft, luxurious fabric that is produced from the secretions of silkworms. Silk is also a delicate fabric that can easily be ruined if not cleaned and cared for properly. Oil-based stains, such as those from hand lotions, can be cleaned from silk garments and sheets without the need for a professional cleaning. The products required can be found at your local grocery store or in your kitchen’s pantry.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Talcum powder
  • Cotton balls
  • Dry cleaning solution
  • Water

Remove any remaining lotion by wiping it away with a paper towel. Avoid smearing the lotion more and try to remove the lotion with your fingers and the paper towel.

Lay the silk piece flat onto a table or ironing board.

Sprinkle the affected area with talcum powder.

Allow the talcum powder to sit for 12 hours or overnight. The talcum will absorb any of the oils from the lotion that have been worked into the silk.

Soak a cotton ball with dry cleaning solution.

Dab at the stain with the dry cleaning solution. Do not rub the stain with the solution as this will work the stain even farther into the fabric.

Allow the solution to sit for two to three minutes. Remove the solution by dabbing at it with a cotton ball that has been soaked with plain water.

Allow the area to air dry completely.

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