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Sunscreen Stains on Clothing

Sunscreen seems to be staining my t-shirts around the neck and also the tops of ankle socks. I've tried pre-cleaners and bleach and still no luck.

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By Nancy

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By metroplex

My Stain Tests

I have had the same orange problem for several years. Recently I did my own experiment with sunscreens we have at home. As many others noticed any with avobenzone left dark orange stains. However Walgreen's Baby Sunscreen stick, Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby, and Coppertone Sensitive Skin left no stains even after washing. Their active ingredients are tianium dioxide or zinc oxide instead of chemical sunscreens. They do go on thicker and slightly white, but I think it's better than ruining all my clothes.

I think our hard water is part of the problem. I also think that clothes that have been washed in hard water will hold a small amount of that rust in the fabric because there was almost immediately an orange discoloration on the old white cotton sock I used for my experiment, the stains became darker after washing.

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I have attached a photo of the sock I used in my experiment. Below is the meaning of the letters on the sock.

  • CTS = Coppertone Sensitive - SPF 50
  • NB = Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby - SPF 60+
  • WB = Walgreen's baby pure and gentle stick - SPF 60+
  • CTU = Coppertone Ultraguard - SPF 50
  • NU = Neutrogena Ultrasheer - SPF 70
  • MS = Meijer Sport spray - SPF 50
  • MK = Meijer Kids spray - SPF 50

By LifeWithTheBoys

RE: Sunscreen Stains on Clothing

The Works

I read many of the recommendations and tried "The Works" toilet bowl cleaner because I didn't have any of the bathroom cleaner. It worked instantly, no scrubbing needed! The stains just disappeared, even old stains that had been washed and dried multiple times. I went out and bought "The Works" bathroom cleaner and it worked just as well. I am so relieved. Don't try anything else, just go out and get "The Works" because it works!

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By bharris1

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May 20, 20160 found this helpful

I tried this but the Works is blue and it stained my white shirt. Did you not have this trouble too?

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