Oil Based Sunscreen Removal From Washable Fabrics
you will need:
- Pretreatment laundry stain remover
- Heavy-duty liquid detergent
- Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
- Dry cleaning solvent
- Absorbent paper towels
Oil based sunscreens are a little more complicated to remove from clothing than cream based sunscreens. Keep this in mind when buying sunscreen for your little ones. There are a few more supplies needed for the project, but there are about the same amount of steps as the cream based sunscreen stain removal.
- First, you will need to begin by saturating the area with a pretreatment laundry stain remover. These can be found at your local grocery store. A quick tip: aerosol types of pretreatment stain removers work better on greasy stains. Allow the product to sit for about 1 minute. Wash the clothing immediately in the hottest water the fabric will allow.
- If you have a stain that has been there awhile it might be a good idea to scrub the sunscreen stain with the heavy-duty liquid detergent before washing the clothing. Once you have scrubbed the area you will need to wash the garment immediately.
- remove the garment from the washer and inspect it. If the stain remains do not put the clothing in the dryer! This will make the stain impossible to remove. If the stain is still on the clothing you can soak or wash it in chlorine bleach (if safe for that fabric) or in oxygen bleach.
- If the stain is still on the clothing you should then apply the dry cleaning solvent to the back of the stain over a few absorbent paper towels. Let the dry cleaning detergent dry and then rinse and wash as stated above.
- If the sunscreen stain persists, treat it as a dry stain from here on out. You will do this by soaking the clothing in a diluted solution of all fabric powdered bleach.
- If the fabric is white or colorfast you can soak the clothing in a diluted solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water. Beware, bleach can change the color of the fabric!
- If you are not able to bleach on the fabric you can use a commercial color remover. Be careful as this type of cleaner can remove the color of the fabric along with the stain.
Again sunscreen stain removal can contain less steps if caught sooner rather than later. Start the process as soon as the sunscreen disaster has been discovered.