How to Not Ruin Your Bed Sheets After You've Had a Tan

Last Updated: NOV 01, 2022

Fake tanning is a popular way to get that "sun-kissed" look without having to spend hours in the sun. However, one downside of fake tanning is that it can transfer onto your bed sheets, leaving them stained, smelly and looking gross. In this blog post, we'll share some tips on how to avoid ruining your bed sheets after you've had a fake tan and not disrupt your sleep the next night.


Is it even possible to avoid getting fake tan on your sheets when you sleep?

The answer is yes! But it does take a little bit of work. Read on for our top tips on how to keep your bed sheets tan-free.


1. Wear loose-fitting clothing to bed.

This will help to prevent the tan from transferring onto your bed sheets. If you can wear long sleeve pajamas and pants this will help - be sure to pop them in the wash the next day.


2. Exfoliate before you tan.

This will help to remove any dead skin cells that could cause your fake tan to streak or fade unevenly. Not to mention, it's just good for your skin! 


3. Use a old sheet or towel as a barrier between your skin and the bedding.

This will help to absorb any excess product that might rub off onto the sheets. 


4. Wash your bedding immediately after fake tanning.

This will help to remove any residue from the sheets and keep them looking clean and fresh. 


5. Sleep on a clean pillowcase.

Oils and sweat can build up on your pillowcase over time, which can cause your fake tan to transfer more easily. By sleeping on a clean pillowcase, you'll reduce the risk of ruining your bed sheets.


6. Use a self-tanning mousse or lotion instead of a spray tan.

Spray tans are more likely to rub off on your sheets than mousses or lotions, so it's best to avoid them if you don't want them to transfer to your sheets. If you do use a spray tan, make sure to apply a liberal amount of Barrier Cream to your hands, feet, elbows, and knees before going to bed.


7. Fake tan removers are your friend.

In the event that you do end up getting fake tan on your sheets, don't panic! There are products designed specifically for removing self-tanner from fabric. Apply the remover to the stained area and then wash as usual. Repeat if necessary.

If all else fails and you still can't get it out, try this hack:

Mix 1 part lemon juice with 2 parts baking soda and apply it to the stained area with a sponge or cloth. Let it sit for 10 minutes before washing as usual.


With these tips, you should be able to avoid getting fake tan on your sheets when you sleep!