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By adirish@msn.com

My Laundry Question

After washing and drying 3 items-a tie died sports bra, a white cotton blouse and a cotton towel they all have large areas of yellow patches left in the fabric. The towel is white and could be bleached but my daughters tie died sports bra and my white blouse shouldn't be bleached. They have already been through the dryer so I imagine it's too late but wondered if you've ever heard of this before?

Share a Little Background Info

While at the beach my daughter and I used an aerosol spray kids sunblock that has "protective vitamins". It also says "antioxidant vitamin blend to supplement the skin's natural defenses." It's from Coppertone. We sprayed and resprayed all day at beach volleyball. The shoulder straps of her sports bra are the worst. The blouse has stains only on the neck where I used the same sunblock. That's why we are sure it was the sunblock.

Lessons Learned

  • The stain wasn't visible until after the items were washed so I thought I would try to get some advice before doing anything more.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

cotton blouse

cotton/spandex sports bra

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

You're right. It is the sunscreen that caused the stains. The stains will be harder to remove since they have been in the dryer, but there is hope! Just follow the steps for sunscreen stain removal and you should find success. Do not use chlorine bleach which can actually make the stains permanent.

Good luck!

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