Expert shares cheap hacks for removing fake tan stains from sheets

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As the warmer months draw near, many are eager for sunny days and outdoor leisure. However, with the elusive British sun or heightened awareness of sunburn risks, fake tan has become a go-to solution.

Yet, the downside is its notorious reputation for staining clothes and bed sheets. Fake tans contain dyes and pigments designed to adhere to the skin, which unfortunately also means they can easily transfer onto fabrics.

Moreover, their oil-based composition allows for deeper penetration into materials.

Prompt action is crucial when dealing with fake tan stains; delay or incorrect cleaning methods can lead to permanent fabric damage. Now, Allen Civlak, fabric and cleaning specialist and CEO of Mary's Kitchen Flour Sack Towels, shares budget-friendly tips for removing those stubborn fake tan marks from clothing and bedsheets.

30p lemon hack

"Lemon juice contains citric acid, which behaves as a natural bleaching agent. When applied to stains - which includes fake tan stains - the citric acid breaks down pigments in the tan, making it much easier to lift from fabrics or bedding."

"Squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl and gently dab it on the stain, letting it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with cold water. Repeat if necessary."

99p white vinegar trick

"White vinegar contains acetic acid, which has mild acidic properties which, like lemon, can help to break down and dissolve pigments. White vinegar also acts as a natural deodoriser. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, and soak the stained area in the solution for around 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water."

27p salt method

"Salt behaves as a mild abrasive, and can help to lift stains from bed sheets, pillowcases, and clothing. When mixed with water to form a paste, salt creates a gentle scrubbing action. Apply the paste, and let it sit for a few hours before rinsing thoroughly."