How do you get sunscreen stains out of white clothes?

03/05/2020 — By Hannah Mepham

How do you get sunscreen stains out of white clothes?

Has wearing sunscreen left yellow stains on your clothing? Will it all come out in the wash? Read on to discover our top tips on how to remove sunscreen staining.

Why has sunscreen stained my clothing?

Applying a UVA & UVB protecting sun cream has many benefits for the skin, not only does applying sun lotion help shield skin from the harmful effects of the sun, it can also help stave-off fine lines and wrinkles. The only downside is that some fabrics can be stained yellow when they come into contact with sunscreen.

All UVA & UVB protective sun creams contain a filter which helps to reflect harmful sun rays from the skin and these can be made with chemical and non-chemical ingredients. Both types of UV filters are known to cause sun cream staining, and for this reason care should be taken when applying sunscreen around clothing.

Why does sunscreen stain certain clothes and not others?

Some fabrics can be more vulnerable to sunscreen staining than others. Clothing made with natural fibres, such as cotton, and light-coloured clothing are most vulnerable, whilst dark coloured fabrics are least likely to become noticeably stained.

Can Green People sun creams stain my clothing?

Green People sun creams are made with over 80% natural and organic ingredients including a blend of safe, non-toxic filters.

Green People takes care to ensure that, unlike some chemical UV filters, our effective UV filters do not irritate the skin or harm the environment. However, in some instances the filters we use can stain some fabrics yellow.

How do you get sunscreen stains out of clothes?

Usually Green People sun cream can be removed from clothes with your usual clothes wash.

However, it sometimes can be difficult to remove sunscreen stains, particularly from light clothing made from natural fibres. For this reason, we recommend that users take care when wearing white or light fabrics over their sun cream, and that you always allow our sun creams to fully soak into the skin before applying clothing.

If sunscreen does come into contact with your clothing, and is not quickly removed, there is a chance that the sunscreen staining will be irreversible. To reduce the risk of this happening follow the following guidance as soon as possible:

• Blot off any excess sun cream and cover the stain with a sprinkling of bicarbonate of soda

• Leave the bicarbonate of soda to work for approximately half an hour and then handwash the clothing with a mix of lukewarm water and laundry liquid

• Leave the clothing to soak overnight before washing it in the washing machine

• For particularly stubborn stains you may need to repeat these steps

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