Post # 1
So I just put my brand new white sheets on my bed 2 days ago and they are awesome. I went to the beach yesterday and had to use SPF 70 sunscreen. Normally I only need SPF 5 or 10 because I don’t burn but I forgot mine and had to use my friends. I obviously took a shower when I got home but I guess I must have missed some on my neck or hair because today there was an ugly orangey stain on my pillow. How do I get rid of it? I’m so mad, these sheets were pricey and I’ve never had this problem before. At first I thought my cat peed on my pillow but was able to eliminate that possibility. I had to look it up to find out it was from the sunscreen. I washed it with a little bit of bleach and that got most of it, but you can still see the outline of the stain. Is it possible to get it completely gone? I heard vinegar works, so I may try that when it gets out of the dryer.
Post # 2
The vinegar is worth a try, but in the future, do not put anything stained into the dryer. Heat drying sets the stain and makes it much harder to get out. In the future, you want to pre-treat, wash, check it when it comes out of the wash, and then treat again until you have done everything you can. Once it has been through the dryer, almost nothing can get the stain all the way out.
Post # 3
Oh no, thanks for telling me though. I never knew that. Hopefully it’ll be faded where I won’t notice. If not, at least it’s the pillow case and not the sheet so I can just buy another set of pillow cases for cheaper.
Post # 4
The pp is right. Grab that pillow case out of the dryer now. Heat will set the stain.
Bar Keepers Friend. It’s a cleanser similar to Comet or Bon Ami. Wet the stained area, sprinkle with Bar Keepers Friend, work it in (sometimes scrubbing with a brush) and let it sit a few minutes, then wash it out in the sink.
Post # 5
I have a whole slough of cheap cotton wash towels that have been through pretty much everything (All of them were stained. Very set in as they’re a few years old and have always been thrown in the dryer.)
I soaked them in the tub in a diluted bleach solution overnight, washed them as normal and every single one came out stark white. I did however have A LOT of them, so you could probably get away with a large bowl or a bucket
Bar Keeper’s Friend & Comet all contain bleach so Julies’ reccomendation will likely work just the same. Just don’t let Bar Keeper’s Friend sit on anything stainless or brushed steel, as it’ll ruin the finish.
Post # 6
Barkeeper’s Friend does not conatin chlorine bleach. It does contain oxalic acid,
Unlike some other abrasive cleaning products, such as Comet and Ajax, Bar Keepers Friend uses oxalic acid as its primary active ingredient.
Off label uses of Bar Keepers Friend include removing the brown or yellow stains caused by Avobenzone containing sunscreen
Post # 7
Mix some Dawn with some baking soda and add warm water. Soak it in the sink. It should come right out!!