Tree sap can easily get on your clothing but isn't so easy to remove. With these tips you will learn what it takes to get sap off your clothes. This is a guide about cleaning tree sap from clothing.
What will remove pine sap from clothing?
By Sabina L
June 29, 2013
(Submitted via email)
Use hand sanitizer and rub.
I have a spot of holly sap on a 100 percent Merino wool jumper. I have tried removing it with soap, but it hasn't budged.
By Louise M.
By Donna 1
How do you get pine sap off a coat?
By po1013 1
Since the question is how to remove tree sap from clothing, wouldn't it make sense not to use peanut butter, lotions, or other "oily" substances? It seems like that is replacing one kind of difficult stain with another. What's safe for my dog's hair is not necessarily safe for my favorite white cotton pants.
When it comes to removing sap from clothing, I have had very good luck with Pine-Sol or Lestoil. It is worth a try.
By nema from Canton, MA
My son recently had a play encounter with a Pine tree full of sap and his sweater is full of it. I tried putting it in the freezer to freeze the sap so it would break off like gum does but nothing works. Can anyone help me?
I had fir tree sap on a nylon jacket and used rubbing alcohol to remove it. I saturated and squeezed the excess from cotton balls, rubbed the areas with the sap and they came right off. (01/04/2005)
I sat on an oozing porch railing in a borrowed nylon dress and was horrified to find a big glop on my backside! The wood ooze was sticky and had started to harden by the time I got home. I had borrowed the dress for a wedding.
I used that hand cleaner that mechanics use (Goop?) applied it to the stain and washed and it worked like a charm! No embarrassing confessions to the owner were required. (02/01/2005)
By M. Streetman
Alcohol works great and it's easy and non-toxic. (12/22/2005)
Scott towel with peanut butter, rub on sap stain and it's gone. Wash area with water and liquid soap. Also works on your
By Terry O'Brien
I tried the alcohol method on a pair of pink cotton shorts. Works wonderfully! (06/27/2006)
I tried the alcohol and it worked. (08/03/2006)
Try using sunscreen! Rub it in then rinse it out. (08/04/2006)
My husband had tree sap on his leather jacket. I was afraid alcohol or other chemicals would damage the leather, so I tried rubbing peanut butter on the spots, wiped off with a wet sponge, and all the tree sap disappeared--worked great! (12/09/2006)
How do I remove sap from my pants?
Cody from Georgia
Alcohol works great for getting it out! (12/29/2006)
I sat in sap in my brand new khaki shorts. I tried the hand sanitizer and it came out instantly. It was great. Thanks for the suggestion. (4/29/07) (04/29/2007)
Yep, the peanut butter works great on a leather coat, pine sap quickly removed from hubby's new jacket, literally worn 20 minutes. Go peanut butter go! (05/25/2007)
If you get sap on your hands or feet, etc. put some cooking oil on it and rub with a paper towel. Wash and you're good as new! (07/16/2007)
I used Goo Gone on my favorite jeans. The goo is now gone. There are instructions on the back for use on clothing. Very easy. (07/18/2007)
My kitten got tree sap all over his back and I read the suggestions and decided what was safe to try, but the first thing I did was rub on some margarine and it worked perfectly, so I didn't get to experiment on him with mayo, or butter, or olive oil. He's too young for alcohol. I wiped it off with a paper towel. (11/08/2007)
Well, I just used some nail polish remover on the sap and it came off in an instant! Nail Polish Remover works really well. (11/24/2007)
Hand Sanitizer works on 100% silk ties. (06/29/2008)
Just got back from a camping trip in Canada with tree sap all over the knees of my best outdoor trousers, tried everything with no real impact, but as I was just about to give up I found a non toxic CD marker erasure pen on my desk. I thought I would give it a try. The stains just vanished leaving my trousers like new. Fantastic! (08/03/2008)
By Carl R(UK)
I tried using peanut butter to remove tree sap from my leather pickup seat and it works great! (11/17/2008)
By 21 storm
What is the best way to remove pine pitch from a jacket?
A clean cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol should do the trick. If not, depending on the fabric use Goof Off, you can get it in Walmart. (04/17/2009)
I've heard of using hand sanitizer for tree sap on hands and floors; might work on clothes too. (04/17/2009)
Nail polish remover gets it off very well. Be sure to try and test a hidden corner first.
How do you remove sap from clothing?
By DRogers4 from Troy, NY
I have often used WD-40 to remove sap from clothing and skin. Normal washing will then remove the WD-40. (04/30/2009)
How do I remove pine tree pitch from clothing?
By Teddyaj from Silt, CO
I have used the hand sanitizer (soaked on sap stain) so I am guessing that alcohol would work also. (08/13/2009)
You can get stuff at the auto store for removing tar, bugs, and sap from car without damaging the paint.
I'd try that. I can't seem to find the name of the stuff though, but you can get it at Auto Zone and I think Walmart. I've used it on other things too and it was great. (08/17/2009)
I found the suggestion, I read some weeks ago on this site, of using rubbing alcohol a great solution. The resin just dissolves. I bought a bottle from eBay as I live in the UK and wasn't sure where I could buy it. (08/17/2009)
How can I remove tree sap from a black knit sweater?
By Janet from Celina, OH
Try some lighter fluid on a soft cloth. I had my pup get some sap on his fur last year and rubbed some baby oil on it and it came right off. Good luck! (03/25/2010)
How do you remove tree sap from clothing? They are exercise clothes made of stretch fabric, probably polyester.
By Cindy from Westchester, NY
Try WD 40. It works on all sorts of things, and may work for this. (06/02/2010)
My husband recently used his good paddling shirt to saw trees up. It was literally ruined by all the tree sap. I came in search of something that would remove the sap from his shirt. I figured the shirt was pretty much ruined anyways so decided to try 3 of the recommended products. I started with WD40, it "slightly" removed some of the stain. Next I tried the hand sanitizer and was more impressed with its removal. Then I tried the nail polish remover and it was "handsdown" the best product (all three products were tested on different areas of the shirt) I then applied the nail polish remover to the other two areas and it instantly removed the residual left over from the WD, and hand sanitizer. I'm so happy and impressed that this product worked the way it did, I'll be trying it on other products also! (06/27/2010)
Goo Gone works awesomely on tree sap, tar, gum, you name it. (08/16/2010)