Put your hand up if you’re after a flawless, streak-free self-tan!
If you’re like us and are AVID self-tanners, then you would know that the secret to perfecting your glow is by using a self-tanning mitt! Gone are the days of applying your fake tan with your hands and waking up to a nasty streak mark!
A self tan mitt has never paired so well with our tanning mousse products. They’re soft, buttery, and help glide that mousse like nothing else, making your self-tan application an absolute dream. It literally does the work for you!
However, after a few self-tan applications, your mitt can develop some not-so-cute bacteria which is why we need to make sure we are cleaning our tanning mitts! We know it’s the last thing on your long list of things to do, but trust us, if you want to maintain that flawless self tan with each application you’ll need to know how to care for your self tanning mitt!
Wondering why you need to wash your tanning mitt?
If you’re like us and are lazy in the cleaning department, then you may not have realised or just forgot that you do need to clean your tanning mitt!
Stop and have a think for a second…
If you’re applying tan once a week with the same mitt throughout the month without washing it, and just leaving it out to dry, the amount of bacteria from the caked-tan and skin oils that would develop?! MAJOR ICK RIGHT?!
Well, instead of going out and buying a new tanning mitt every month, which we’re all guilty of doing 👀, let’s save some money and stick to the washing at home method. It’s time to collate all your old tan mitts at the bottom of the cupboard and time to get CLEANING!
Wondering how to wash a tanning mitt?
There are two main ways you can clean your tan applicator mitt which include washing your tanning mitt in the sink or washing your tan mitt in the washing machine… Pick your poison!
How to wash your tanning mitt in the sink:
Firstly, we recommend rinsing your mitt under warm water to remove sany excess self tanner that can be built in the mitt. Make sure you give it a good squeeze and make sure the water coming out of it isn’t brown anymore.
2. Fill your sink with water
Start to fill up your sink or bucket with warm water and add a small amount of mild soap or laundry detergent until the mixture gets bubbly. Honestly, just pick up what ever you have laying around the house!
3. Scrub, scrub, SCRUB!
Place your tanning mitt in the soapy water concoction and use a soft sponge or brush to scrub the surface of the mitt. Make sure you get into every nook and cranny of that mitt and make sure no more brown residue is coming off it.
4. Give it another rinse
Once there is no tan residue coming off the mitt, rinse your mitt again thoroughly under warm water remove all the soap. No bubbles or soup should be left of the tan applicator!
5. Time to dry
Squeeze out all the excess water that comes from the mitt and lay it flat on a clean, dry towel. Make sure it’s not in reach for any young children or our fury friends! Allow the tanning mitt to air dry completely before your next bronzing sesh!
How to wash your tanning mitt in the washing machine:
If you’re lazy like us, washing your tanning mitt in the sink could be a bit of a stretch LOL. So here’s how to wash your tan applicator in the washing machine!
Make sure you rinse off your tanning mitt and ensure there is no excess tan that is left on the applicator prior to putting it in the washing machine.
2. Put it in with your darks
When you go to wash your next dark load (dark colours), chuck in your self tanning mitt to that wash. Just keep it on a cool, delicate wash and let your machine work it’s magic
3. Leave it out to dry
Do not make the mistake of chucking your tan mitt in the dryer! Trust us, we’ve been there, and you do not want a shrinked tanning mitt that will barely fit your pinkie finger. Grab out a towel and lay it down flat until it’s fully dried.
Commonly asked how to wash your self tanning mitt questions!
When should I wash my tanning mitt?
Do not stress about washing your tanning mitt immediately after applying your fresh coat of fake tan. There is nothing worse than getting any sort of water marks on your fresh tan, so you should wait until your tan has fully developed and washed off. We recommend washing your tanning mitt the following day!
How often should I be washing my tan mitt?
To ensure we’re keeping ourselves and out mitts clean, we recommend washing your tanning mitt every few weeks depending on how often you’re self tanning. If you’re applying tan once a week, we’d recommend washing your mitt every two weeks. Otherwise, if you are less frequent in applying tan, we recommend washing your mitt once a month or after every second application.
Can I use a dryer to dry my mitt?
Please DO NOT put your tanning mitt in the dryer or use a blow-dryer to dry your mitt! Our mitts are very delicate and the heat can damage or even shrink the mitt, so we want to handle our applicator with care.
So, by following these simple steps, you can keep your tanning mitt squeaky clean that will give you the perfect self-tan application every time. We want you to look after your bronzing buddy, so make sure you handle it with care and love, and it’ll thank you right back by giving you a flawless, undetectable self tan application.
Let us know how you like to clean your self tanning mitt!