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It's gonna be a long hot summer in Phoenix and I need some protection. I was wanting to buy a long-sleeved shirt for the pool but they are $50! Then a friend suggested buying some special wash that I can use on my clothes that will make them UV resistant.<br><br>
Can anyone direct me to (a) affordable sun protecting clothing and/or (b) a UV clothing wash? I would really appreciate it!
 

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I don't know about a long sleeved shirt, but I do know the sun-block clothing seems to have really taken off this year.<br><br>
In the toddler sizes (up to 5T which my 48", 43 lb 6 year old fits) they have one piece short & shirt (so t-shirt and short length) 50 SPF outfits for around $20. Last year we added a hat and even in TX the kids (pretty light skinned) were good.
 

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Yes, the kids' stuff can be found fairly inexpensively, but I haven't seen anything in adult sizes for under $40 or $50<br><br>
I'm sure that in a few years, we'll be able to find SPF clothing in thrift stores, plus cheaper versions in popular clothing stores. Since it's brand new, they're still quite pricey.<br><br>
I think I might just wear t-shirts over my bathing suits this summer. I might scour the thrift stores and look for a t-shirt in a synthetic material that won't feel so icky when it's wet.
 

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I'm sorry, totally overlook that it was for *you.*<br><br>
Once again, if you go with a short sleeve it will be much cheaper. We got DP one last year for about $20. They had longer sleeved ones that were around $30. I think the name of the place is "The Sports Authority" but you could just call around. I'm not sure what the shopping is like around you.
 

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LLBean has some sun protection clothing that I think is a bit cheaper than that. Also, I have the RIT wash in, but I haven't tried it yet because I'm not sure about the whole thing. It's recomended by the skin cancer society, but I'm not sure that means anything.<br><br>
I dunno. I think I'm going to do a load of my dp's clothes in it and see what he thinks.<br>
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Thanks! I'll have to start shopping at the places you suggested and see what I can find. I also looked on-line at the RIT stuff:<br><br><a href="http://www.ritdye.com/sun_guard/faq.asp" target="_blank">http://www.ritdye.com/sun_guard/faq.asp</a><br><br>
I may try it for kicks.
 

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I have read taht some laundry detergents incorporate that, but I don't know which ones or if that is even true.<br>
BUT If you do it, the more you do it, the more protection and if you are wearing a shirt that gets wet and stretches, you negate some effectiveness.<br><br>
Sun protection clothing without chemcials is done by the having the right weave of fibers to block the rays. You can get regular inexpensive shirts that are thick enough in the weave and you'll be fine, but if you want a light weight white shirt, then you'll need to use the chemcial spf enhancer.<br><br>
Let us know how it works for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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