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DIY Tanning Bed Cleaner: Your Way to a Spotless and Safe Tan

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A tanning bed can be one of the best and most convenient options to get that glowing bronzed look during cold winter months. Also, people who do not have much time to spend in the sun to get a tan can use a tanning bed to that perfect golden tan according to their convenience.

Other than visiting the salon to use a tanning bed you can easily get one for your home to get tan any time you want. However, it is very important to keep the tanning bed clean after every use. While getting a tan using a tanning bed, we often use other products like tanning lotions, accelerators, sunscreens, etc these products can get stuck to the bed, and bacteria can accumulate on it.

So, even if you have a very busy schedule, it is necessary to remove the dead skin cells, bacteria, and grime from the bed and thus, prepare it for your next tanning session.

Although there are different products available in the market, they can be quite expensive. Some of them might not be very effective in removing the dirt and grime from the bed.

So, in this post, I have shared some natural DIY tanning bed cleaners that can easily remove dirt and grime from the tanning bed and keep it clean and new forever. Preparing these DIY disinfectants is quite easy, and they have no side effects as they are made using natural ingredients.

These homemade cleaners can save you time and money besides disinfecting your tanning bed after use.

Why is It Important to Clean Your Tanning Bed?

Most tanning beds have an acrylic surface to which the low-pressure fluorescent bulbs have been attached. Some cleaning products or disinfectants can cause damage to the acrylic. So, choosing the right product while cleaning your tanning bed is important.

If your tanning bed is not cleaned properly then, bacteria and viruses can grow over the bed. these viruses can enter your body when you are using the bed and cause different health issues.

Using natural homemade cleansers can help you to get rid of these bacteria and viruses by cleaning your tanning bed thoroughly.

How to Prepare Homemade Tanning Bed Cleaner?

Preparing these DIY cleaners Is quite easy. These cleaners can be very effective in removing, dirt, grime, bacteria, and viruses from your tanning bed after use.

Before using these cleaners, you need to remove any dust from the bed using a dust remover. You can also use a feather duster or a soft microfiber cloth and wipe down the entire inside of the bed before using any natural cleansers. Be gentle to prevent the acrylic from getting scratched.

Here are some homemade tanning bed cleaner recipes that can make the entire cleaning process easier and more time-efficient.

Lemon Juice

slice of yellow lemon on white background

Lemon juice can be very effective in removing bacteria, viruses, and other dirt and grime from the tanning bed.

Ingredients and Materials:

  • Lemon juice
  • Water,
  • A spray bottle.
  • A soft cloth

How to use

Pour some water and lemon juice into a spray bottle and swish the ingredients. Now, use this solvent inside the bed and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Take a soft cloth and wipe away the grime and dirt from the bed.

The smell of a lemon can make the tanning bed smell fresh. Also, the oil and grime can be easily removed from the bed as lemon is acidic in nature.


Being naturally acidic in nature using vinegar can clean the dirt and grime from your bed easily.


  • Vinegar
  • Essential oils like tea tree oil
  • A spray bottle
  • A microfiber cloth

How to use

Combine vinegar with tea tree oil to prepare a chemical-free solution. Pour this solution into a spray bottle and shake the mixture properly. Now, spray the solution inside your tanning bed and wait for some time. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the solution completely.

This homemade cleaner can be very effective in cleaning your tanning bed and killing germs thoroughly.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide

Besides, removing dirt and grime from your tanning bed hydrogen peroxide kills germs and bacteria and thus works as a sanitizer. This natural cleaner works very fast and thus, saves your time besides making your tanning bed germ and dirt-free.


  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • A spray bottle.
  • A soft cloth

How to use

Take a spray bottle and pour some hydrogen peroxide into it. use the solution all over your tanning bed. let it dry out for about 5 minutes then, wipe off the hydrogen peroxide solution using a soft, damp cloth.

Dish Soap

Dish Soap

Dish soap can also be used to get rid of unwanted grease, grime buildup, and germs from your tanning bed after use. Using a liquid dish soap can be one of the effective ways to keep the bed clean quickly.


  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • A soft cloth
  • A bowl

How to use

Take a bowl and prepare a mixture using warm water and dish soap. Stir it well so the soap gets mixed up with the water completely. Now, take a soft cloth and soak it in the soapy solution. Wipe and scrub off your tanning bed with the cloth.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the most useful products that is used to clean different household products. So, using baking soda to clean your tanning bed can be a good idea. It can easily remove grease and dirt from your tanning bed making it clean and germ-free.


  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Warm water
  • A bowl
  • A soft cloth

How to use

In a mixing bowl take some baking soda and vinegar. Stir them properly to prepare a mixture with uniform consistency. Take a soft cloth and soak it in the mixture. Now use this cloth to scrub off the dirt and grime from the bed. take another cloth soaked in warm water and wipe off the tanning bed with it to remove any residue left.

Ways to Maintain Your Tanning Bed and Keep It Clean

Taking proper care of your tanning bed is very important to make it last long and give you that desired result. Here, are some useful ways to keep the bed clean and germ-free forever.

  • To prevent grease, sweat, and germ build-up, cleaning your bed once a week is a must.
  • To get rid of stubborn stains deep clean your tanning bed once a month.
  • If damaged replace the starters, filters, or bulbs attached to the bed every month.
  • Always keep the bed away from direct sunlight, moisture, and heat.

Final Thought

Using a tanning bed can be fun and the most convenient option to get tan. However, without proper maintenance, your tanning bed cannot provide you with that desired result.

The natural remedies shared above can surely help you to keep your tanning bed clean without spending much. These DIY homemade tanning cleaners can remove the toughest stains, dirt, grime buildup, and germs if used properly.

So, prepare one of these natural cleaners today and use it on your tanning bed to see the difference. I am sure you will be pleased with the result.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What not to use to clean a tanning bed?

The acrylic surface of the tanning bed can get damaged if a cleaner containing ammonia or alcohol is used on it. always use a cleaner that is PH-neutral and designed for salon use. One of the best and most effective cleaners that can be used is the Four Seasons Ag disinfectant cleaner.

What cleaner can I use on my tanning bed?

It is quite easy to clean a tanning bed as they are non-porous. Other than the homemade cleaners you can use cleaners like Lucasol one-step, Four Seasons disinfectant cleaner, and Australian gold disinfectant cleaner available in the market and online.

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Chloe Taylor

Hey there, I am Chloe Taylor, your trusted tanning expert. Dive into expert tips, product reviews, and skincare advice to unlock the secrets of a radiant tan. Also, join me in achieving that sun-kissed glow while safeguarding your skin, which can leave you feeling your best.

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