How to Remove those Tricky Sunscreen Stains

removing sunscreen stains

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time for some fun in the sun! Sadly, summer outdoor activities often call for a lot of sunscreen. Whether you are at the swimming pool, hitting the beach or just outside in the yard, sunscreen stains are bound to happen. Bakers Centre Laundry has the answers to tackle those tough stains, and we are ready to share our sunscreen stain-removing secrets with you!

Sometimes you see stains happen, and sometimes you do not notice them until you get home. If you spot the sunscreen as it lands on your beach towel, don’t ignore it. This will only allow the sunscreen to soak deeper into your towel making the stain harder to remove. Instead, you should immediately scrape off the excess sunscreen before placing the stain under warm water. While under water, pour detergent onto the stain, then gently rub the fabric together to loosen the sunscreen and spread the detergent throughout the fibers of your towel. Let the detergent sit on the stain for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash normally.

Swimsuits are often more challenging when it comes to removing sunscreen. Bathing suits are designed with synthetic materials, so that unwanted stain on your favorite bikini or brand-new pair of boardshorts may require extra attention.

Do NOT wipe or rub anything into the fabric when trying to remove a stain. Quickly wiping off a glob of sunscreen is usually your first instinct, but wiping a stain is the same as rubbing it in. When you wipe a stain, you are pushing the substance deeper into the fibers of your swimsuit, making the stain almost impossible to remove.

Synthetic fabrics are tricky, so sometimes common remedies won’t work. Check the tags on the items before trying certain stain removal techniques to ensure you are using products that will not ruin your clothes. To get sunscreen off a bathing suit that is made of synthetic material, simply wet the stain with warm water to loosen the fabric, then add detergent and baking soda to the stain and gently scrub with your fingers or a toothbrush. The soft bristles of a toothbrush will lift the stain. The next step is to let your bathing suit sit for about 20-30 minutes to allow the mix of detergent and baking soda to do its job. When the time is up, just place your suit in the washer and wash normally.

Summer should be carefree and fun! Don’t let the accidental sunscreen stain ruin your day. Bakers Centre Laundry is at your service when it comes to any of your laundry needs. If you have any questions about our services or facility, please visit our website, or call us at (215) 227-1454.