It’s summertime once again! And what’s summertime without sunshine and the enjoyment of the beautiful outdoors? It’s very important that you apply sunscreen all over your body if you want your skin to enjoy this season, as well. Remember that the harsh rays of sunlight are the number one enemy of our skin, and could cause wrinkles, ugly brown sunspots and even skin cancer if we’re not careful. With the sunscreen that we slather on our skin, however, comes the possibility of it staining and ruining our clothes, due to chemicals and dyes present in sunscreen. What’s one to do? Thankfully, there are many possible options you could try out in order to get sunscreen stains out of clothing:
Act as fast as possible. Though there is the likelihood that sunscreen could permanently damage clothing, if you act fast to take it out the higher the chances that you could restore the fabric.
Your first action should be dab away excess sunscreen globs on the fabric. Make sure that you use it with a quick and gentle motion; be careful that you don’t further press the sunscreen into the garment.
Next, check if the garment is for dry-clean only. If so, don’t attempt to treat it yourself. Take it to your dry cleaners and make sure to point out the stain to the store attendant there.
After this, you could also sprinkle the sunscreen stain with baking soda, and leave it on the stain for an hour. Baking soda is very effective at absorbing dirt and odor, and it should work to absorb some remaining sunscreen residue on the garment. After an hour, soak a sponge with a mixture of warm water and soap, squeeze it thoroughly, and dab this sponge onto the stain. Again, do be careful not to press too hard onto the fabric.
Use pretreatment methods. Mix a good fabric stain-removal brand with warm water, and soak your clothes there for 30 minutes. Some of the products you can use include Oxiclean Laundry Stain Remover, and Zout Stain Remover.
An alternative to using commercial stain removers is to use white vinegar. White vinegar is a very effective all-around cleaner, and it might be able to effectively remove sunscreen stains without harming your clothes. Simply mix about a cup of white vinegar with a bowl of warm water, and soak your clothing there.
Wash your clothes as usual. After soaking your garment with either a commercial stain remover or white vinegar, you could now wash it as per usual with your regular laundry detergent. Make sure that you follow wash instructions carefully.
Check to see if the sunscreen stain has been removed. At this point, you should have successfully removed the stain. However, there are some stubborn stains that would not be removed even after washing, and you should make sure that you check before you dry it (once the garment has been dried, it’s going to be harder to remove the stain).
Know what to do if it still won’t come off. As a last resort, you should rub color-safe bleach onto the stain, and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. Be sure not to let it stay for too long, as even color-safe bleach can damage clothing. After a maximum of 10 minutes, go back again to step 3.
There you have it! These are highly effective techniques to get sunscreen stains out of clothing. Good luck, and hope this helped you out!