Lotion is a great way to moisturize your skin, but it can leave a stain on your clothes when you spill it. Whether it's hand cream, body lotion or sunscreen, these products have oils in them that can set into your fabric and make it difficult to remove.
The first step in removing lotion stains is to treat the stain right away. Blot up the excess with a paper towel or absorbent cloth, taking care to avoid rubbing.
You can also try using an enzyme-based prewash stain remover or a liquid laundry detergent before throwing the stained clothing in the wash. The laundry detergent will help to break down the oily residue that has bonded with the fabric fibers and will enable it to be more easily removed from the garment.
If the stain is on white clothing, you can also use an oxygen-based bleach solution before washing the clothes. Place the stained items in this mixture and let them soak for about an hour before washing.
If the stain is dry, a combination of vinegar and liquid detergent can help to break down the oil and allow detergent to work better on it. Alternatively, baking soda or cornstarch can be used to help remove the stain. Baking soda works best on greasy stains while cornstarch can be used for water-based stains. These household ingredients are easy to find in your kitchen and can be easily applied to the stain for a quick removal.