How to remove sun cream stains. 6 tips for clean clothing

The sun has come out, and you need to use suntan lotion. The only downside is that suntan lotion can quickly cause sun cream stains. All you need is one drop on your clothes, and you have a stain. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which you can remove suntan lotion stains. We would like to share those with you.

Why does sun cream stain your clothes?


Suntan lotion often contains certain oils that can cause grease stains. When sun cream ends up on your clothes, it can cause yellow or orange stains. 

They are caused by the ingredient avobenzone that is in many suntan lotions. When avobenzone combines with water or perspiration, it can cause rusty brown stains. If you cannot deal with the sun cream on your clothes immediately, try at least to remove the surplus sun cream from the clothes. Without making it worse.

How to remove sun cream stains: 5 tips

Do you need to know how to remove suntan lotion stains (from clothes)? HG suntan lotion stain remover removes yellow stains caused by sun cream or suntan lotion effectively. Various tips are shared on the internet on how to remove yellow stains from suntan lotion. HG selected a number of tips. 

how to remove sun cream stains1 . Remove sun cream stains with soft household soap

Apply soft household soap and hot water to the sun cream stains. Leave it to absorb for a few hours. Now scrub the stains with your hands or with a brush. Then wash the garment once or twice.

2. Use a dishwasher rinse aid

Yellow sun cream stains can also be removed well with dishwasher rinse aid. Apply the product to the stain and leave it to absorb for one night. Then wash the garment in the washing machine as usual. 

3. Dab solvent on suntan lotion stains

Apply the solvent to toilet tissue. Now dab the sun cream stains. Rinse the garment and then put it in the washing machine. Many stains on your clothes? Soak the entire garment in the solvent.

4. Apply washing-up liquid or shampoo to the stain

Washing-up liquid is a true grease remover and suntan lotion is often based on oil. Dab the washing-up liquid on the sun cream stains. Leave to absorb a little while and then put the garment in the washing machine. 

5. Use the sun for sun cream stains  on white clothes

You have tried all the tips, but you still have visiblesun cream stains on your white clothes? Put the garment in bright sunlight immediately after washing. The sun has a bleaching effect. Stains disappear completely.

Sometimes the sun cream stains in the clothing are more persistent, for example when you use a self-tanning lotion. For those persistent stains, you use HG suntan lotion stain remover

HG suntan lotion stain remover: for white and coloured fabrics

removing sun cream stainsIn contrast to the above tips, HG suntan lotion stain remover successfully removes sun cream from your clothing. It is a must-have after a holiday in the sun or a day on the beach and effectively removes (yellow) stains caused by sun cream or suntan lotion. The remover is suitable for white and coloured fabrics. 

This is how you use HG suntan lotion stain remover:

  1. Moisten the stain with warm water.
  2. Apply a liberal amount of the remover to the stains. Spray from a distance of maximum 5 cm.
  3. Leave the product to absorb for at least 1 hour without letting it dry out.
  4. Now put the treated garment in the washing machine.
  5. Wash as usual with the recommended amount of main detergent. Use a programme at maximum 60 degrees. However, always comply with the care label of the garment.
  6. Do not put the treated garment in the tumble drier after washing.

A tip to prevent suntan lotion stains on clothes

On sunny days it is recommended to apply suntan lotion and to wait approximately 20 minutes before getting dressed. For example, go and brush your teeth or make some coffee, that will give the cream or lotion time to absorb.

Frequently Asked Questions about sun cream stain removal

Why does sun cream stain your clothes?

Suntan lotion often contains certain oils that can cause grease stains. When sun cream ends up on your clothes, it can cause yellow or orange stains. They are caused by the ingredient avobenzone that is in many suntan lotions. When avobenzone combines with water or perspiration, it can cause rusty brown stains.

How do I prevent sun cream stains?

On sunny days it is recommended to apply suntan lotion and to wait approximately 20 minutes before getting dressed. For example, go and brush your teeth or make some coffee, that will give the cream or lotion time to absorb.

How do I remove sun cream stains?

There are various ways to remove sun cream stains.

  1. Apply soft household soap and hot water to the sun cream stains.
  2. Use a dishwasher rinse aid.
  3. Dab the sun cream stains with a solvent.
  4. Remove grease with washing-up liquid or shampoo. 
  5. Use the sun for sun cream stains on white clothes.
  6. A stain remover, such as HG suntan lotion stain remover.

Which HG product do I use to remove sun cream stains?

HG suntan lotion stain remover is a must-have after a holiday in the sun or a day on the beach. It removes (yellow) stains caused by suntan lotion or suntan oil effectively. The remover is suitable for white and coloured fabrics.


Recommended product
HG suntan lotion stain remover

Recommended product

HG suntan lotion stain remover

£7.29

250ml

Other tips for Fabrics & Stains

Continue Shopping

The product has been added to your list.

Carousel Item