List of Sunscreens That Will Prevent Sunscreen Stains on Clothes

As we head into summertime, many of us are diligently applying sunscreen to prevent sunburn.

I have very fair skin, so I am definitely a faithful sunscreen user!

Did you know that sunscreens that contain the ingredient avobenzone can produce stains on your clothes?

If you’ve ever applied sunscreen to your head, face, neck, or arms and later noticed dark, orange/brown stains on your clothes, you’ve experienced it.

The easiest way to avoid these unsightly – and difficult to remove – stains on your clothes are to use sunscreens that are avobenzone free.

List of Sunscreens That will Prevent Sunscreen Stains on Clothes

I’ve scoured the internet and the sunscreen shelf at my local drug stores to identify which brands do not contain avobenzone, which you’ll find below.

If you have a sunscreen that is avobenzone-free that you’d like to add to the list, please leave a comment below!


Sunscreens that Do Not Contain Avobenzone

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According to my research, the following brands of sunscreen do not list avobenzone or known trade names in the ingredients list.

Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen

Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen


Sunology Natural Sunscreen

Sunology Natural Sunscreen SPF 50


Goddess Garden Sunscreen SPF 30

Goddess Garden Spray SPF 30


Elta MD Facial Sunscreen

Elta MD Facial Sunscreen SPF 46


Biore Sarasara Sunscreen

Biore Sarasara Suncreen SPF 50+


Thinkbaby sunscreen SPF 50+

Thinkbaby Sunscreen SPF 50+


Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunscreen

Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunscreen SPF 60+


Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream SPF 30

Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream SPF 30


Del Mar Beach Supply Company

Del Mar Beach Supply Company SPF 32


Babyganics Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Babyganics Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50


Do you have a sunscreen recommendation?  Make sure to leave it in the comments!


Note: As with all recommendations here at Mama’s Laundry Talk, use at your own risk.  Lauren Hill is not responsible for any advice or recommendations given at Mama’s Laundry Talk.






  1. Lucille Bartelt says:

    Thank you so much for doing the research on these sunscreens. How do you get the stains out of your clothes?

  2. I’ve never really had a problem with sunscreen stains before, but that’s annoying that some sunscreens will do that. Thanks for sharing this list!

  3. Edwin Cuperus says:

    Very interesting piece of work. I do have my doubts about the avobenzone. Although I have nasty experiences with sunscreens containing butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (the synonym of abovenzone), some of them do not give staining. How is this happening? Are there other ingredients that might be the cause of staining?

    As a dermatologist myself I am curious….

    Let me know

    • There is one more chemical compound in the soup that causes the staining; iron. Hard water and Avobenzone are the culprits in the perfect storm for causing orange stains on clothing. They are extremely difficult to get rid of once they set in. Adding oxiclean to the wash seems to help. The difficulty is, the stains don’t appear until they’ve gone through the wash; after being exposed to the hard water.

    • Hi, yeah that’s interesting. I work outside and already have gone through dozens of white t shirts due to the brown/orange staining, Apparently washing/rubbing them in dish washing liquid dissolves the stain somewhat, but that procedure is lengthy and probably more expensive than buying new $5 work t shirts.
      I looked around on the internet in Australia, but can’t find a recommended list for non staining sunscreen, and when asking a chemist, they were oblivious to this?

  4. ALL GOOD spf 33 sport sunscreen is also avo free and has only non-nano zinc. Thanks so much for the list of products!

  5. Have you found any spray sunscreens without avobenzone? I find they’re so much easier to use, especially for kids to use themselves, but the research is slow going (while I wash my brand new white cover-up to see if the tricks have worked!).

    • Lauren Hill says:

      Hi Nan!

      I have yet to find spray sunscreens without avobenzone. It is SO much easier to use the spray sunscreens with children – I couldn’t agree with that more! Sadly, I’ve yet to find any on the market!

      Did your new white cover-up whiten up? I hope so!

  6. CeraVe baby Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 appears not to have avobenzone nor butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane. I searched both ingredients on the product information on their website,

  7. I use babyganics and it stains my son’s clothes.

  8. Target Kids SPF 50 aka Banana Boat Kids SPF 50 doesnt contain avobenzone.

  9. Hi Lauren,

    Thank you for this information. I have sunscreen without those ingredients and they still stain. Can you or your readers recommend a specific sunscreen that you know, from personal experience, doesn’t stain whites?

    • Lauren Hill says:

      We’ve personally used Blue Lizard (the first one listed), and it didn’t stain for us! Hope it works for you as well! 🙂


  10. Thank you SO much for this list. I am going to buy fresh sunscreen and will be looking for one of the brands listed. I have had so many ruined clothes because of sunscreen stains.

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