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?

    • Melissa says:

      I have found that the staining occurs when the sunscreen on the swimsuit has a chemical reaction with the minerals in well water.

  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.

  11. Dori Nass says:

    My husband is heading out on a week long fishing trip. He would really like to pack his nice fishing shirts to wear, but doesn’t want to ruin them. Hopefully we can find a sunscreen that doesn’t stain.
    Thanks for the info.

  12. They don’t stain clothes, but will they stain leather? I just bought a new Toyota Camry and I traded in my Solara with black leather seats. I had a tough time removing the stains from the seats. Do these stain leather seats? I am fair skinned and can’t go without my sun screen.

  13. Equate (Wal-Mart store brand) Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Kids Sunscreen contains Homosalate, Octinoxate, Octisalate, & Titanium Dioxide only.

  14. I’ve had great success removing these stains with a product called Iron Out. Just pre soak stained clothing in a separate container for an hour, then wash as usual.

  15. Eucerine brand sunscreen spf 30 does not have .avobenzone. My dermatologist told me about it. After years of whites turning orange once they hit our well water( even though we have a water softener and use anti- rust pellets), I finally don’t get stains in our whites!

  16. Anne Wyman says:

    We use Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50. Active ingredients are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. It seems to do the trick! Consumer Reports gave it a poor rating saying that it only tested as SPF 15 after water testing, but we haven’t had troubles using it. No sun burns as long as we reapply according to the directions (every 2 hours, or every 80 minutes if in the water). I thought I had heard that the product was discontinued, but I saw it in the store recently (in August 2017) so I guess I was wrong about that! Since using this brand we definitely have gotten rid of all the nasty orange stains in our clothes (we have a lot of rust in our water), so I am happy with it.

  17. I have been using Neutrogena 100spf on my face. I love the way it smooths on and stays on your face without any stinging with sweating while in the sun. I recently have been putting it on the back side of my hands since I had a few spots removed by my dermatologist. I am very fair skinned so I need on my hands.
    It feels great on your hands.
    Well, yesterday I applied to my hands and with what was left on my fingers, I just worked it into my fingers like hand lotion. Bad idea. I came home with stains on my favorite white jeans. Now I have tried several stain removers with no success. I guess my water is hard. I think looks worse since the stain removers and washing.
    So, I may have to buy new jeans.
    Yuck!! I hate having to spend the money.
    The Neutrogena is a fabulous product but not good if everyone will ruin their clothes. I looked at the ingredients and do no see the avobenzone ingredient. I will read your article to see what other suggestions you have.

  18. I need some help with the qvobenzone/iron in water connection. I own some Ben Hogan golf shirts I like to wear at work (white, 100% polyester). The sleeves and collar are stained orange. Before I saw the collar, I thought it was garbage staining.
    If this is helpful, I work as a janitor.

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