How to Get Sunscreen out of Bathing Suit Thoroughly?

What are the most essential needs for summer? Beach, pool party, various fabulous bathing suits, and more importantly, sunscreen!

You lather your skin with sunscreen to prevent sunburn. But, if you’ve ever accidentally gotten sunscreen on your bathing suit, you know how difficult it is to get the stain out.

It can be named a pain in the you-know-what to get the sunscreen out of clothing. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Check out our guide on how to get the sunscreen out of your bathing suit easily.

5 Steps to Get the Sunscreen out of Bathing Suits Easily

Follow these simple steps to remove the tough sunscreen stain from your bathing suit.

1. Mix Baking Soda and Water to Treat the Spot

You can call this a “pre-treating” method. Doing this will help remove the sunscreen stain better when you wash it later.

To start, mix baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the sunscreen stain and let it sit for about 15 minutes. The baking soda will help to lift the sunscreen from the fabric.

2. Wash it as Usual

After the 15 minutes is up, go ahead and wash your bathing suit as you normally would. Ensure you are using cold water and no detergent.

There’s still a step before you can go to the washing step.

3. Use Lux Warm Water and White Vinegar to Rinse it

Create a mixture of lukewarm water and white vinegar (around 3:1). Soak your bathing suit in it for about half an hour.

The white vinegar will help to break down the sunscreen oils, while the lukewarm water will help to open up the fabric fibers.

This step is key to ensuring all the sunscreen is removed from your bathing suit.

4. Spray White Vinegar Directly on the Stain

If the stain is still stubborn, you can try spraying white vinegar directly on it. Let it sit for a few minutes before washing it again.

5. Use a Mild Detergent to Soak it for 20-25 Minutes and Wash It

After all the previous steps, the sunscreen stain should be lightened significantly. But, if it’s still there, you can try using a mild detergent.

Soak your bathing suit in a mixture of mild detergent and water for 20-25 minutes. After that, wash it again with cold water.

Following those steps you can easily get the sunscreen out of your bathing suit. And if you have read our post before, you will know how to dry them correctly. (Click here to read it for now!)


1. Why Does Sunscreen Eat up Our Bathing Suits?

Sunscreen contains oils that can break down the fabric of your bathing suit over time. The more sunscreen you use, and the longer it’s on your skin, the greater the chance of it.

You may see some methods that use several kinds of oil to try to remove the sunscreen from your bathing suit.

2. Can You Prevent It from Happening?

The best way to prevent sunscreen from damaging your bathing suit is to apply it to your skin before putting it on.

You should also choose a sunscreen that is made for sensitive skin and is waterproof. These sunscreens are less likely to damage your bathing suit.

Final Words

And here we arrive at the end of our post on how to get the sunscreen out of your bathing suit. We hope you found it helpful and informative.

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