Cleaning WD-40 Stains from Clothing

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January 12, 2014

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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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.

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Keep in mind, full load setting, and nothing else in washer. ( I know, what a waste!!) Hope that helps!

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By elizabeth (Guest Post)
January 28, 20080 found this helpful
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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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By Jowita (Guest Post)
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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March 9, 2009

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!

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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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June 4, 2008

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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By sodagirl (Guest Post)
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.

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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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February 17, 2020

I recently used WD40 to get crayon out of clothes. Now, all I smell on the clothes is WD40. How do I get the smell out of my clothes?

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February 17, 20200 found this helpful

Let baking soda or cornstarch sit on the spot overnight. Then the next morning rub blue Dawn dish soap into the starch or soda. Let it sit an hour or two, rinse in cold water. Repeat until smell is gone, then wash as normal. If it is sunny outside, hang to dry between treatments.

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February 18, 20200 found this helpful

I believe in the product Oxy-clean for those tough to clean and smelly pieces. Another option is this site www.hunker.com/.../wd-40-stain-removal

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February 18, 20200 found this helpful

You can try to add a 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and a cup of vinegar to your machine. Add in your soap and wash on the longest cycle possible.

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Do a double rinse on the clothes. Hang them outside in the sun to take out the rest of the order. This has worked well for me when my boyfriend gets gas on his clothes and the smell is left behind and won't come out.

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February 19, 20200 found this helpful

I would try white vinegar and baking soda - those two things get rid of a lot of smells

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