How to Get WD-40 Out of Clothing

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How to Get WD-40 Out of Clothing
WD-40 can stain clothing. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Known for its versatility, WD-40 is a multipurpose water-displacement product used for lubricating objects, removing stubborn gunk, loosening stuck parts and protecting objects from corrosion. Although convenient, WD-40 can smear onto clothing and leave stains on fabric. WD-40 is composed of lubricating oils that rapidly permeate fabric fibres. Like all oil-based products, WD-40 becomes more embedded in fabric and therefore harder to remove over time. Quickly get WD-40 out of clothing using common laundry supplies.

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Things you need

  • White paper towels
  • Pre-wash stain remover solution
  • Washing powder

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  1. 1

    Blot the WD-40 stain with white paper towels, replacing them as they become oily. Absorb as much WD-40 from the clothing as possible.

  2. 2

    Spray pre-wash stain remover solution liberally onto the WD-40 stain. Let the solution soak into the WD-40 stain for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Wash the garment in the washing machine using the hottest water setting suitable for the fabric. Refer to the item's care tag for washing instructions. Use the regular amount of washing powder.

  4. 4

    Lay the garment flat and let it air-dry.

  5. 5

    Examine the garment for remaining WD-40. If any oily spots linger, repeat the process.

Tips and warnings

  • Substitute a paste made from powdered washing powder and water for the pre-wash stain remover.
  • Follow instructions on the pre-wash stain remover solution and don't use it on delicate fabrics that aren't colour-fast.

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