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Cleaning Tree Sap from Clothing

Tree sap coming out of a cut tree.
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.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 16, 2011

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

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By 0 found this helpful
August 7, 2017

How can I get dirt off my work clothes? I'm a tree climber and I get dirty. It doesn't look too good to have dirt and sap on my clothes for work; it looks unclean.

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August 7, 20170 found this helpful

You can get fresh sap and dirt off your clothes but if they have been dried it may not be possible to remove all of it.

Try not to dry any clothes that still have excessive dirt and never if they have sap on them. Treat the sap and use a good laundry detergent (Tide is good) for the dirt.

Suggestions: many sites say to try and freeze the sap so it gets hard and can be scraped off but that is kinda difficult to do with everyday work clothes.

Many "experts" say to use hand sanitizer to remove pine pitch/pine tar from almost anything and you can always have a container with you to treat it over lunch time (haha). Seriously, it does work but if these are dark clothes you should test a seam to see if it removes any color. Just put the hand sanitizer liquid on the spot and rub or brush with a small brush.

Another recommendation: use citrus-based goo remover, such as the type used to remove sticker residue, (Goo-Gone), but this I have not tried. This is sometimes difficult to wash out but if you are using hot water then it should not be a problem.

Others suggest rubbing alcohol: just blot it on and wipe sap off with a cloth.

Tide has a good link for this:

https://tide.co  /tree-sap-stains

Here are a couple of more sites and each one has some good suggestions so check one out.

https://www.the  holstery-2147118

http://homeguid  abric-92567.html

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August 7, 20170 found this helpful

Lestoil is a detergent made for work clothing.

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August 7, 20170 found this helpful

Hand sanitizer can help remove the tree sap.

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August 7, 20170 found this helpful

There are lots of suggestions on this thread:

http://www.thri  f860271.tip.html

Many even suggested WD-40 and regular wash after!

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August 7, 20170 found this helpful

Goo Gone and OxiClean are my two go-to's for these issues!

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August 8, 20170 found this helpful

When I was living in the bush and when I was logging I tried using gloves at all times. I really tried.

The routine procedure for getting sap off hands was to spray some OFF mosquito dope onto the hands and wiping them on the jeans. That was fast and always worked like magic. OFF diluted sap always came off the jeans in the wash. I usually used Tide.

When I had a really bad sap or grease spot and had to remove it before jumping into the truck, I used waterless hand cleaner and paper towel or a rag.

That also worked well for removing sap or grease from truck seats.

Waterless hand cleaner usually comes in (for loggers) awkward 4" diameter and 2 1/2" high tins, but it was easy enough to bum empty Skoal chewing tobacco tins from people who chewed, and put a handful of cleaner into them. They are sturdy and last in a back pocket for a couple of years and countless refills.

Have FUN!

DearWebby

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By 1 found this helpful
July 5, 2015

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.

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

I felt the same way. I heard Orange Oil, or Goofoff hand cleaner would work. But it seems both would leave an oily stain. And oily stains are next to impossible to get out of Any fabric

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May 24, 20110 found this helpful

What will remove pine sap from clothing?

By Sabina L

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July 2, 20110 found this helpful

Mayonnaise or orange oil.

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June 29, 20130 found this helpful

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Use hand sanitizer and rub.

Sonny B

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Anonymous
April 14, 20160 found this helpful

You get butter rib it on the clothing let it set for about thirty minutes soak it in warm ,soapy water and that is it easy

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

Won't Orange Oil leave an oily spot? I've thought of trying it, but was afraid.

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Anonymous
July 31, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you so much I had sap on my Khaki shorts the alcohol took it right off in less than 5 mins

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By 0 found this helpful
January 21, 2011

How do you get pine sap off a coat?

By Donna

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

Vegetable oil might work, as it does with hair.

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January 7, 20170 found this helpful

I used olive oil to get pine sap out of my hair worked very well

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By 0 found this helpful
June 23, 2017

How do I remove milk sap from a plant on my new bathing suit? I was pruning in the garden in the sun and stained my new swimsuit. Please help.

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June 23, 20170 found this helpful

I would try blue Dawn

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November 16, 20140 found this helpful

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.

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November 18, 20140 found this helpful

Try De-Solv-It. I have removed sap from a lot of my grandson's clothes with this.

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December 14, 20100 found this helpful

How do you remove tree sap from clothing? They are exercise clothes made of stretch fabric, probably polyester.

By Cindy from Westchester, NY

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Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

Try WD 40. It works on all sorts of things, and may work for this. (06/02/2010)

By louel53

Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

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)

By smarty58

Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

Goo Gone works awesomely on tree sap, tar, gum, you name it. (08/16/2010)

By amillen

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

How do I remove pine sap stains from clothes?

By Tom from Little Falls, NY

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Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

Rubbing alcohol! Just test an inconspicuous spot on the clothing first to make sure it's colorsafe. (12/15/2010)

By mrpurrfect

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May 29, 20100 found this helpful

How can I remove tree sap from a black knit sweater?

By Janet from Celina, OH

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Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

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)

By tahloolabelle

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March 24, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove pine tree pitch from clothing?

By Teddyaj from Silt, CO

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Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

I have used the hand sanitizer (soaked on sap stain) so I am guessing that alcohol would work also. (08/13/2009)

By helford

Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

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)

By Shosha

Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

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)

By Anigma

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August 12, 20090 found this helpful

How do you remove sap from clothing?

By DRogers4 from Troy, NY

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Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

I have often used WD-40 to remove sap from clothing and skin. Normal washing will then remove the WD-40. (04/30/2009)

By Gerrie

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April 30, 20090 found this helpful

What is the best way to remove pine pitch from a jacket?

By Spring55

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Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

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)

By ivorylov

Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

I've heard of using hand sanitizer for tree sap on hands and floors; might work on clothes too. (04/17/2009)

By Glenn'sMom

Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

Nail polish remover gets it off very well. Be sure to try and test a hidden corner first.
(04/22/2009)

By kimhis

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April 16, 20090 found this helpful

Removing Tree Sap from Clothing. How do I remove sap from my pants?

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December 19, 20060 found this helpful

My son recently had a play encounter with a Pine tree full of sap and his sweater is full of it.

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