Sunscreen Stain Removal

Advice from Dr. Laundry
Q.

How can I remove sunscreen stains from shirts?

A.

For sunscreen stains, it’s best to treat the greasy portion first, so don’t apply any water to the shirt.  Instead, blot up any excess with a paper towel or cloth, and try not to rub hard to avoid pushing it further into the fabric.  Next, pre-treat using a good liquid laundry or dishwashing detergent–rub it into the stain and wait 5-10 minutes.

Now, for white items:

  1. Wash immediately in hottest water recommended on the care label with detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular Bleach2.
  2. Air dry and inspect the item.  If any stain remains, repeat the steps before tumble drying the item.

Or, for colored items:

  1. Apply Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster, rub it into the stain and wait 3-5 minutes.  Wash in the warmest water recommended using detergent and more Clorox2®.
  2. Air dry and then inspect the item.  If any stain remains, repeat the steps before tumble drying the item.

Readers – how do you remove sunscreen stains from your clothing?