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Hold the Oil, Please!

on September 16, 2014

I’m messy.  Or, maybe just clumsy.  Either way, I am constantly staining my clothes.  I can’t tell you how many articles of clothing have been relegated to workout or yard work clothes.  Bleach, paint, dirt, and oil have all been the culprit in retiring clothes.

A few years ago, a friend told me a cleaning secret that changed my life… or at least one that made me throw out clothes less often.  She told me how to get oil stains out of clothing.  The secret?  WD-40.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t believe her at first.  I was even afraid to try it.  But, after a while, I figured that the clothing was ruined anyway – why not try it?  You know what?  IT WORKED!

Take this shirt – one of my favorites – that I somehow stained with oil.  I don’t even know how.

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Put an old towel in-between the layers of clothing (or, just use your hand like I did), and spray WD-40 on the stain.  This part takes guts.

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Next, cover the WD-40 with laundry detergent, and work it into the area.

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Then, throw it in the wash.  No need to wash it separately or in any special way.  And, when it comes out of the wash… tada!  My shirt is now oil free!

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I’ve done this so many times, but every time, I still get nervous.  Something about spraying WD-40 on clothing seems counter-intuitive.  And every time, it works.  It’s probably the only magic trick I know.

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