Whether you like to holiday in the UK or take a trip abroad, sun cream is always an essential in the warmer months.

It can help protect our skin and comes in handy when spending a lot of time in the sun.

There are lots of sun cream brands to choose from but dropping some on your clothes, particularly white fabrics, can be a real inconvenience.

So how do you get sun cream out of your clothes? Good Housekeeping has shared some tips to help you remove the stain and get your clothes looking as good as new.

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How to remove sun cream stains from clothes

Good Housekeeping shares advice for cleaning sun cream stains on washable fabrics.

It says you should always deal with sun cream stains quickly and if it’s clothes you’ve marked, your first step is to “gently scrape off any solid residue with a blunt knife.”

The website adds: “Spot-treat the affected area with a pre-wash stain remover such as HG Suntan Lotion Stain Remover or Stain Devils Fruit and Drink.”

Those trying these products are urged to follow the instructions from the manufacturer.

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Once done, you’ll need to flush the stain with cold water and “rub a little liquid biological washing detergent into the affected area, then machine-wash on as high a temperature as the fabric allows.”

How to remove sun cream from silk and carpets

If you’ve managed to get some sun cream on silk, you’ll need to use a stain remover that is suitable for use on delicates.

Good Housekeeping recommends Ace Gentle Stain Remover which you can use on the silk before putting it in the washing machine.

Make sure to choose a delicates washing cycle and set your machine to 30C.

Or, it says you could take your stained silk to a dry cleaner.

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Sun cream can get just about anywhere when you’re applying it so if it happens to land on your carpet, it’s worth knowing how to get it out.

Dr Beckmann’s Carpet Stain Remover will come in handy when trying to get sun cream out of a carpet, according to Good Housekeeping.

React quickly for the best results and start removing the stain with a damp cloth.

Good Housekeeping warns that you shouldn’t “over-blot the affected area of carpet, as this can push the fluid further in.”

Once you’ve done that, it recommends using the stain remover on the area where you dropped the sun cream. Make sure to follow the instructions on the packaging.