Cleaning WD-40 Stains from Clothing

Oil can be a difficult substance to remove from fabric. This guide is about cleaning WD-40 stains from clothing.
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January 25, 2008 Flag

I read that WD40 would take tomato stain out of clothes, and it did, but now how do I get the WD40 oil stain out?

Penny from, Jackson MI

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January 28, 20080 found this helpful
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As a steel worker, I tend to get alot of oil on me. Let's not even get into the smell! lol! Now I don't work w/WD40, but I have found that (idea from my dad) pouring in a full can of dark soda (aka Coke) will help out. Keep in mind, full load setting, and nothing else in washer. ( I know, what a waste!!) Hope that helps!

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Greased Lightening is awesome. Spray and let soak a few minutes and then scrub it with an old toothbrush or something and keep repeating (about 5 or 6 times). This stuff is awesome and it works well with Magic Marker on clothes and ink as well. The only place around my area that sells it is a Dollar General store.

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January 29, 20080 found this helpful
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Lestoil gets out all kinds of stains. It actually got the car door jamb grease out of my light colored rain coat.

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February 22, 20080 found this helpful
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I use Goo Gone product on stains like oil, butter etc. Just pour some on the stain and leave it on for a while (couple of hours at least) than wash it in the washing machine.

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January 29, 20080 found this helpful

I always use greased lightning on oil stains and they come out about every time....Won't hurt to give it a try.

Teresa/Va.

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February 5, 20160 found this helpful

I stained a solid brass plaque w/WD40. How do I get that out? Ideas? Tried soap & water, mineral spirits.

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June 4, 2008 Flag
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I used WD-40 to remove a grease stain from a t-shirt. Now the WD-40 won't come out. What will work to remove the new stain?

Connie from Imperial, MO

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June 4, 20080 found this helpful
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Try using GOOP, the hand cleaner. Scrub it in really well with an old toothbrush.

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June 4, 20080 found this helpful
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Dawn dish detergent works very good on any oil stain, they use it to clean up after oil slicks so it must work ! I use it instead of a pretreater.

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June 4, 20080 found this helpful
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I use Zout, no I didn't misspell Shout. I use it on ALL my stains... red wine, spagetti sauce, grease. It will even take out stains that you have missed, laundered and dried. Just spray it on, rub it in and toss in the washer.

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March 2, 20160 found this helpful

dish detergent, i used it after using WD40 and it worked fine, put it directly on the WD40, let is sit for 5-10 minutes then right into the washer

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March 9, 2009 Flag
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I read somewhere that you can use WD40 to get melted Chap Stick out of clothes, but now I have WD40 stains on my work clothes. Any idea how to get the WD40 out now? Help!

Molly from MN

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March 12, 20090 found this helpful
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Dish soap is made to get grease off of your dishes and does a great job on any oily stain on clothes.

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March 9, 20090 found this helpful

Shout is the best stain remover I've used! It gets out every stain I encounter!

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March 11, 20090 found this helpful

My husband is a truck driver and he gets everything on his clothes from axle grease to diesel fuel to tar. I swear by "Orange GOOP" hand cleaner and "Greased Lightening" all purpose cleaner & degreaser. You can find both at WalMart or most home improvement stores.

First I squirt the area with Greased Lightening thoroughly, then rub in some of the hand cleaner on the same spot. Rub well into the fabric either with your knuckles or with a small scrub brush. Then roll up the clothing and let set for an hour or so. Then unroll and wash as usual.

This sounds like a big chore and believe me, sometimes it is, But it's better than having to buy new work clothes every week!

Good luck...hope this works for you. Pat T.

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June 18, 20160 found this helpful

I had found with work clothes.....rub lots of sunlite soap..on clothes...add Lux flakes added to hotish water to dissolve...and move around by hand for few minutes..let soak overnite ....rinse well...it may help..I found it did a pretty good job...mervyn

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January 12, 2014 Flag
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I used WD40 to get rid of an oil/fat stain from a dress and was left with the WD40 stain instead. The only way I could remove this stain was to drench the whole dress in Sard Wonder Soap Oxy Action liquid spray so that it would not leave a spray area mark. I left it on for 3-5 minutes, then washed the dress in a good detergent and rinsed well and hung out to dry. I was very happy with the outcome, no stain and no spray marks - as new.

Editor's Note: Sard's Wonder Soap is made by the Colgate company in Australia. There does not appear to be an American version but I think it is similar to OxiClean.

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