How to Remove Silicone Lubricant

Updated February 21, 2017

Silicone lubricants are used mainly in areas where there needs to be movement around electrical components. Silicone lubricants are preferred in areas where there will be frequent or constant contact with water because it sticks to surfaces really well and cannot be washed off with water alone. In order to remove silicone lubricants, you must use some sort of detergent, solvent or steam. If you decide to use steam and wipe away the lubricant as it heats up, do not heat the lubricant above 149 degrees Celsius because it will emit harmful formaldehyde fumes.

Spray the lubricant with the solvent of your choice. Put on the rubber gloves.

Dip the old toothbrush into the bucket of hot water. Make this water as hot as possible. The combination of hot water to heat up the lubricant and the solvent to break down the silicone lubricant work together to remove the substance.

Scrub the silicone lubricant until it is removed. Rinse the toothbrush thoroughly in the hot water to remove all the grease and soap. You may have to repeat scrubbing with the toothbrush several times.

Rinse the area with hot water. Allow to air dry or towel dry as desired.


If you have no solvents available, you can use a mild dish or washing powder.


Do not ingest, inhale or make contact between eyes and silicone lubricants or solvents. Flush with water. Unless a large amount of the substances are ingested or inhaled, no medical attention should be needed..

Things You'll Need

  • Solvent such as OxiClean, Shout or Spray 'N Wash
  • Old toothbrush
  • Bucket filled with hot water
  • Rubber gloves
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