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How to Remove Sunscreen Stains

General Sunscreen Stain Removal Tips

1. Tend to the stain as soon as you can.

2. Cold water is usually best for rinsing a stain.

3. Read clothing labels and heed their directives.

4. Don’t rub the clothing too hard.

5. Rinse away one cleaning solution before trying another.


Cocoa Powder Stain Removal

Our Tinted Sport Stick and Tinted Sunscreen Field Tins use Certified Organic Cocoa Powder as a tint. If it stains your clothing or bathing suit, use the following method to remove:


Treat stains quickly. Delay can make stains harder to remove. Scrape off extra sunscreen, but avoid rubbing spot until AFTER treating, since this may further grind stain into the fabric.


Treat the spot with lemon juice or white vinegar to break down the stain. Allow it to work for several minutes, then lightly scrape spot with a small brush or toothbrush. Rinse with cold water to make sure acid doesn’t damage the garment. In most cases, the treatment will loosen the stain, allowing for gentle removal. Do NOT use hot water, which can set a stain.


Stain’s underside can also be flushed with a solution of 1 teaspoon grease-dissolving dish soap (blue Dawn is good) and 1 cup cold water. Machine wash as usual (in cold water), but do not dry unless the stain is completely removed.


Stubborn stains can be further treated by blotting with hydrogen peroxide or applying a thick mixture of borax and water, about the consistency of toothpaste, leaving for 10 minutes, then washing/rinsing with cold water.



Iron Oxides Stain Removal

Our Tinted Facial Sunscreen uses natural iron oxides as a tint. If it stains your clothing or bathing suit, use one of the following methods (make sure to treat the stain BEFORE rubbing):


Lemon juice and table salt. Mix equal parts juice and salt into a paste, then apply directly to spot. Refresh lemon juice to keep the spot damp. Don’t let it dry. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. White fabrics can also be placed into direct sunlight to minimize discoloration.


White vinegar.Saturate stain completely with vinegar, cover in a layer of table salt, then gently rub in the salt. Let the stain soak for a few hours, then rinse stain away with cold water.


Liquid dish soap. Mix 1 teaspoon soap (blue Dawn is good) with 1 cup of cold water. Thoroughly saturate the stain and allow the solution to react for at least five minutes, then rub and rinse with cold water.


Some stains require more effort to remove. If stain remnants are present after the first attempt, repeat the process before drying. Drying (especially with direct heat) will set stains, so avoid drying until the stain is completely gone.

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1. Know your ingredients — Flip over your sunscreen and read the ingredients. We want everyone to know what good ingredients are, regardless of whether they use our products or not. Your health is worth it.

2. Buy safe sunscreen — Waxhead is dedicated to using only the healthiest, safest, most effective ingredients in our sunscreens. Shop Safe Sunscreen here.

3. Teach a friend — If you know someone who might still be buying sunscreen with questionable ingredients, please share this post with him/her.





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