How to Remove Hand Lotion Stains

Especially in drier areas of the world, hand lotion can be a great thing. The problem is, like with many great things, accidents happen and you can get stains all over your house from your hand lotions. Here’s some great tips on how to remove hand lotion stains.

How to Remove Hand Lotion Stains

How to Remove Hand Lotion Stains From Carpet

Spilling hand lotion on the carpet or on your furniture can be annoying, but it’s not that difficult to get rid of. A little elbow grease and a few instructions should help you be on your way.

What you will need:

  • Sponge
  • Spot lifter
  • Absorbent pads
  • Brush or dull tool
  • Ammonia
  1. Take your sponge and, using the spot lifter; gently dab the affected area with it.
  2. Take the absorbent pad and set it over the hand lotion stain. Let it stand as long as stain is being removed from the affected area. Change the pad when you see that the current pad cannot lift anymore of the stain due to saturation.
  3. Rinse the area thoroughly. At this point, the stain may be eliminated. Move on if the hand lotion stain has not been removed.
  4. If the stain is not removed, take a few drops of ammonia to the area, gently tamping (if the stain is set in and there is nothing solid remaining) or scraping (if the stain is caked on) the affected area to evenly distribute the chemical around the stain and to remove it.  
  5. Blot the area occasionally with an absorbent pad, and continue to reapply the ammonia until the stain is gone.
  6. Flush and rinse the area to remove all ammonia from the area. Allow the area to dry thoroughly before using the carpet. 

How to Remove Hand Lotion Stains From Leather

Leather is a popular choice for both furniture and clothing, and sometimes it is the victim of clumsiness. Here’s how to remove hand lotion stains from leather with as little fuss as possible.

What you will need:

  • Mild soap and lukewarm water
  • Dry cloths
  • Corn meal (or other household absorbent)
  • Leather cleaner or conditioner
  1. Take the lukewarm water and soap. Put one of the cloths in the mixture, only using the suds or foam (no water; moisture can damage the fabric). Gently pat the foam on the affected area. Repeat this step several times if necessary.
  2. Take a clean cloth and dry off the area that you were applying the foam to. You may not have to do anything else at this point; the hand lotion stains may be completely gone. If not, continue to the next step. 
  3. Because of the consistency of hand lotion, it is likely that the area that the stain was it may be oily or greasy. This is common, and this is why you need an absorbent. Take the absorbent (corn meal, etc), and sprinkle it over the affected area. Lay the leather out and allow it to sit. It may have to sit overnight in some cases, depending on how badly the stain set into the piece of leather and how greasy the hand lotion is.
  4. After it is done absorbing, brush or shake off the absorbent entirely.
  5. If the stain is still there, then repeat the entire process. This is uncommon, but there are rare cases that you may have to repeat the process.
  6. After the stain is completely removed, condition the leather with leather cleaner and/or conditioner. This will help soften the leather to its original state.