How to clean leather sunscreen stains

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How to clean leather sunscreen stains
Sunscreen protects the skin, but can create a mess when spilt on leather. (Getty Thinkstock)

Sunscreen, while highly effective in protecting the skin from sun damage, is a greasy substance that is difficult to remove from many fabrics, including leather. Whether you have spilt sunscreen on a leather purse, or your child has accidentally sat on the leather sofa and left a stain behind, you can get rid of the sunscreen stain with just a few simple household items.

Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Paper towels
  • Toothpaste
  • Leather conditioner

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  1. 1

    Blot the sunscreen with paper towels to absorb as much of the sunscreen as possible.

  2. 2

    Dust the area with baking soda. Baking soda is highly absorbent, and will safely pull out most, if not all, of the sunscreen without damaging the leather.

  3. 3

    Let the baking soda sit for 20 minutes, then wipe the leather clean with a damp paper towel.

  4. 4

    Smear a thick layer of toothpaste over the area if the baking soda did not successfully remove the entire stain.

  5. 5

    Let sit for five minutes, then scrub the toothpaste into the stain.

  6. 6

    Wipe the area with a damp paper towel to remove the toothpaste. Repeat as needed until all sunscreen has been removed.

  7. 7

    Apply a leather conditioner to restore moisture to the leather surface.

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