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#1 kelly0666

Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

My DS has just started school and he has to wear a white polo shirt which have become stained from sunscreen.  The collar has orange marks on it and a few orange marks on the actual shirt from the sunscreen.  Any ideas how to get rid of the stains, I have used preen and it did not work.

Also any ideas which suncreens do not stain.  I use banana boat.

#2 Lyn29

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:50 PM


Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 02:41 PM.

#3 brazen

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

our kids don't have to use sunscreen thank goodness! just try some other brands?

#4 mumto3princesses

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:58 PM

We have never had a sunscreen stain the girls uniforms and the original primary uniform when DD#1 was in primary and the year my twins were in Kindergarten was a white polo. We mostly use banana boat or cancer council roll on sunscreens.

I would try a good scrub with some Exit soap and scrubing brush. Scrub and leave it for a few minutes and go back to it and give it another scrub and then wash again with nappysan.

#5 Senna

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:00 PM

I use banana boat sunscreen and use washing up detergent to get it off my hands - may work on clothes as well.

#6 melaine

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

I think you might have more luck with something like a sard wonderstick to get the stains out.

I've had yellowy stains before (on white clothes), but never orange! I think we've got Hamiltons toddler block and it has been ok.

#7 mandala

Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:38 PM

Do you live in Perth by any chance, OP? I bet it's because of the iron in Perth's water reacting with one of the sunscreen ingredients (avobenzone or butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane). The solution is to look for a sunscreen that doesn't contain avobenzone. The problem is that means you're stuck with the titanium dioxide/zinc oxide products, which tend to be harder to put on and wash off skin.

I have never had success removing the stains sad.gif But why do schools choose white for a primary school uniform?? If it wasn't the sunscreen, it would have been paint or fruit or something else.

#8 chickendrumstick

Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:47 PM

QUOTE (KRT @ 03/02/2013, 07:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bet it's because of the iron in Perth's water reacting with one of the sunscreen ingredients (avobenzone or butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane). The solution is to look for a sunscreen that doesn't contain avobenzone.

Of course, so obvious! Why didn't we all think of butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane?!

To remove the stains I'd try a bicarb water paste, leave it for an hour and then wash the shirt. Usually works for me.

#9 kelly0666

Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:56 PM

Thanks for all your replies, I'll definitely try everything you have suggested.

KRT - I'm in Sydney but I did do some googling and read about the iron in the water reacting to the sunscreen.

Thing is, this wont be a once off, it will be a weekly struggle with removing the stains.  I'll let you know what works.

#10 Guest_CaptainOblivious_*

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:05 PM

DD1 had a roll on sunscreen explode all over her brand new $50 dress.

Anyway, I put a bit of napisan in really hot water and put it in there for a bit, then got some sard soap and gave it a really good scrub, then washed it in a hot wash with a long soak cycle and it came out.

As for why to apply, some kids have fair skin and spending an hour in the sun with a stupid bucket hat and nothing on their arms and legs doesn't give them any protection. DD1 puts sunscreen on before school then again at the start of lunch.  

#11 Pearson

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:07 AM

I really don't understand the questions as to why the child has to wear sunscreen, or any other replies like that.
Skin cancers are one of Australia's biggest health problems. My grandfather died from complications at having one removed, my aunts have had severe facial surgery, my father has scars all over his body from having them removed for as long as i can remember, and a guy I worked with died at the age of 43, leaving behind 4 kids under 5.
I have had 2 cut out, and have just been told I have to have another removed from my eyelid! I am 36!

While many of you will say I have a genetic predisposition, who cares? Please, look after your children and put sunscreen on them daily, and try and get them to apply themselves when old enough.

No matter where you live, you will get them, and with the protective ozone layer destroyed, the southern states are just as at risk as the northern states!

Sorry for hijacking your thread op!

Try sard wonder soap and soak overnight.

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