How to Remove Yellow Sun Screen Stains

by Jess Jones

Most people know the dangers of going out in the sun without properly protecting their skin with sunscreen. If you are fair-skinned or have children, you probably do take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your little ones. However, you may have found yellow stains on your bathing suit, on beach towels and on other clothing, and don't know how the stains got there. These stains were caused by contact with your skin before the sunscreen was dried. Before you toss out your favorite swimsuit, use this home remedy to remove those nasty yellow stains.

Items you will need

  • Warm water
  • Bar of Ivory Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Washing machine
Step 1

Soak garment in warm water for an hour or more.

Step 2

Wet the bar of soap and rub it on the stain. Use your fingers to get the soap deep into the fabric.

Step 3

Wet your toothbrush and gently scrub the stain.

Step 4

Rinse the stain well in warm water. Wash as usual in your washing machine.

Step 5

After the cycle is finished, check to see if the stain is still visible. If it's gone, dry garment according to the label. If it's not, repeat steps 1 through 4.


  • Treat the stain as soon as possible, and never dry a stained garment in your electric dryer. The heat will set the stain, making it very difficult to treat. To prevent sunscreen stains, wash your hands thoroughly after applying sunscreen. Avoid taking off or putting on clothes until the sunscreen is completely dry on your skin.

About the Author

Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.