If you work around oil, your uniforms probably end up stained with oil at one point or another. Oil can be particularly tricky to remove from clothing, so here are a few tricks for removing oil stains from uniforms.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera isn’t just good for a sunburn, it can also help lift oil stains. Just soak the stained piece in hot water for 15 minutes, then take the clothes out of the water and scrub aloe vera on the stain. Then, wash the clothes in warm water and air dry them.
Another item that you may already have at your house that works well for removing oil stains is cornstarch. Lay the stained piece of clothing on a flat surface, then add a small amount of cornstarch to the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then use a damp sponge to brush off the cornstarch. Finally, wash the clothes in cold water and air dry them.
WD-40 has more uses than you might think, as it can also help lift oil stains from clothing. WD-40 is made up of solvents that can break down oils, which also helps remove oils from fabric fibers. Just lay the stained clothes on a flat surface, then pour about a teaspoon of WD-40 on the stain. Wait 15 minutes, then pour liquid soap on the area. Then, put the clothes in the washing machine and wash them as usual.
4. Baking Soda
To utilize baking soda, lay the stained clothing on a flat surface with a piece of cardboard in between the floor and the stained portion of the clothing. Sprinkle baking soda over the stain, then let it set for 15 minutes before brushing it off gently. Then, wash the clothes in hot water. If this doesn’t lift the stain, you can put liquid soap on the stained area, add baking soda, and gently scrub with a damp sponge or cloth. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then wash it in hot water again.
5. Nail Polish Remover
Another household item that can remove oil easily is nail polish remover. Nail polish remover has acetone, which is a natural solvent that can help break down oils in clothing. Apply one tablespoon of nail polish remover, wait 15 minutes, then rinse with at least a gallon of water. Repeat until the stain is removed.
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