The Foolproof Way to Remove Sunscreen Stains From Clothing

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Katie Cleary spends the day on the beach in Malibu. Katie soon will be starring in 'Give Me Shelter,' premiering on Netflix on May 15th Featuring: Katie Cleary Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 12 May 2015 Credit: WENN.com

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Between the sun, sand, and sweat, it’s a given that the sunscreen you slather on will inevitably run off on your beach coverup, T-shirt, shorts, and pretty much every other garment you’ve got with you at the beach. Turns out, it’s not as hard as you’d think to remove SPF stains—although it does take a little more work than simple tossing the machine with some Tide.

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Here, the most popular—and effective—for blasting pesky sunscreen stains from your cute summer clothes.

How to remove sunscreen stains from clothing

  • If it’s a clump of SPF, remove the excess with a spatula, knife or a spoon.
  • If any liquid remains, gently blot it with a dry cloth.
  • Sprinkle the stain with baking soda to absorb excess oil and leave for 30 minutes.
  • Shake off the baking soda and gently rub the sunscreen stain with clear liquid dishwasher detergent. Let that sit for five to 10 minutes.
  • Soak in a mix of dishwasher liquid and water that’s as hot as the fabric allows for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse the stain with hot water.
  • Machine or hand wash as usual.

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