I got some sap on my clothes this past weekend dueling with some pinyon and
pine trees. Today is wash day. What do I wash them in that will take out
the sap? This is my wife's washing machine, and she will notice if I use
anything like I want to ...... acetone, MEK, lacquer thinner, etc.
Guess I will just have to go with something a little tamer. What do you
I've always used paintthinner and than waited till the wife was away to run
it thru the washer.
She can smell paint thinner a mile away so I also usually let it sit in the
sun for a few days before washing (the dryer also doesnt recommend paint
thinner in it). (You can also do some staining or varnishing in the basement
too so you can blame the smell on that)
Now you know why I'm not allowed anywhere near the wash machine. That and
washing the lawnmower grass catcher in it (Hey, its clean, and works like
new. THe grass catcher, not the washer)(and I never ever have to do laundry)
I would use turpentine to get out on pine sap. But you can try just
rubbing it with bar soap first if you are there to inspect it when it
comes out of the washer before it goes in the dryer, in case you have to
I have had good luck using Goop Hand Cleaner. I have used it on adhesives
and roofing cement that got on my work clothes. I buy it at the
supermarket. Smear it on the spot and let it sit for 30 - 60 minutes before
putting it in the washing machine. I've never seen any residue in the
-> I got some sap on my clothes this past weekend dueling with some pinyon and -> pine trees. Today is wash day. What do I wash them in that will take out -> the sap? This is my wife's washing machine, and she will notice if I use -> anything like I want to ...... acetone, MEK, lacquer thinner, etc.-> -> Guess I will just have to go with something a little tamer. What do you -> use?-> -> Steve
Maybe they can help in alt.home.cleaning. Laundry questions are
asked there frequently.
Goop Hand Cleaner.....
Put it on the trouble spot BEFORE you get the clothing wet. Work it
in with your hands until the sap is loose. Then wash as normal.
SHHHHHHH - DO NOT TELL YOUR WIFE THIS SECRET !!!!
My goodness don't use something anywhere near as harsh as acetone, thinners,
etc for laundry. Pine sap is a big pain at first but is actually quiet easy to
deal with. Simple cooking oil applied to clothes or anything it lands on will
get rid of fairly quickly. I even had some pine sap drip on my (polycarbonate)
headlights and cooking oil got rid of it without damaging the lights at all.
Harsh chemicals pollute via your septic or sewer system and will also cause
problems with the normal breakdown of sewage. In addition you can easily
damage your plumbing or washing machine.
A little pre handwashing with ammonia and detergent will work wonders. I've
heard of good results with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol or even freezing your
clothes so the sap becomes brittle and can easily be chipped off.
As a very last resort try a minimal amount of mineral spirits but not in the
washing machine. Hand soak it first, remove the spirits and then wash it.
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