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How to Get Motor Oil and Grease Stains Out of Clothes

When you make a living fixing cars, dealing with dirt and grime is basically in the job description. So, when you inevitably stain your clothes with some type of oil or grease, don’t think you have to throw them out (unless you want to upgrade). To keep your uniforms looking professional, you can always try removing grease and oil stains yourself. Word to the wise: because these fluids don’t break down with water alone, you’ll have to try a little harder to get these kinds of stains out.

To remove grease or oil stains from your workwear, you’ll need to use a common household cleaner, like dish detergent, baking soda, or cornstarch, along with a little bit of time and effort. Use the methods below for easy oil and grease stain removal without buying an expensive stain remover: 

1. Removing Grease Stains with Dish Detergent

Let’s start off with using dish detergent to get rid of the stain. After all, it's designed to get rid of grease on pots and pans, but it’s also safe to use on clothes. Here’s what you’ll have to do:


• Old towl or cardboard
• Dish detergent
• Soft cloth


1. Lay your clothing flat.
2. Place an old towel or cardboard under the stain.
3. Apply a small amount of dish detergent to the grease stain.
4. Rub the detergent gently with a soft cloth to saturate the stain.
5. Let the detergent sit for around 5 minutes.
6. Wash and dry the clothes according to the clothing label directions.
7. Watch this video to see how it's done:



2. Removing Grease Stains with Baking Soda


Baking soda works well on stains that have yet to set or be run through the washer. Baking soda can be used to draw the grease stain out and away from fabric. Here’s how to do it:




• Old towel or cardboard
• Baking soda
• Scraping tool (anything dull and rigid)
• Hot water




1. Lay your clothing flat.
2. Place an old towel or cardboard under the stain.
3. Sprinkle baking soda on top of the grease.
4. Let the baking soda set for about 10 minutes while watching for it to change color as it soaks up the stain.
5. Scrape off the baking soda.
6. Wash clothing with hot water.
7. Repeat steps 3-5 until the baking soda does not change color.
8. Dry according to your clothing’s label.


If the stain persists, add liquid dish detergent to the stain and then more baking soda. Scrub the stain with a toothbrush before letting the mixture set for about 10 minutes. Repeat Step 6 when finished.


3. Removing Grease Stains with Aloe Vera Gel


That soothing gel you use for sunburns can also be used for grease stains. Here’s how it’s done:




• Hot and warm water
• Aloe Vera gel




1. Soak the garment in hot water.
2. Remove the garment, and scrub Aloe Vera gel into the stain in a tight, circular motion.
3. Wash the garment in warm water.
4. Air dry or hang dry the garment when you use this method.



4. Removing Grease Stains with Baby Powder


This method is similar to the baking powder method. If you have baby powder on hand, put it to work to remove your fresh grease or oil stains. Here are the steps:




• Baby powder
• Toothbrush




1. Lay your clothing flat.
2. Sprinkle on some baby powder.
3. Let the baby powder set for about 10 minutes.
4. Brush off the baby powder with a toothbrush.
5. If the stain is still visible, put the garment in a washing machine with cold water.
6. Dry according to your clothing’s label.


5. Removing Grease Stains with Cornstarch


Cornstarch is another fine powder that can come through in a mighty way when it comes to grease stains. Here's what to do:




• Cornstarch
• Toothbrush, damp sponge, or rag




1. Pour a small amount of cornstarch on the stain.
2. Let the cornstarch set for at least 15 minutes, but up to an hour or more.
3. Brush off the cornstarch using a toothbrush, damp sponge or rag. You could also leave it on the garment before washing.
4. Wash the garment in a washing machine on a cold setting.
5. Dry according to your clothing’s label.


6. Removing Grease Stains with Mechanics Soap


As a mechanic, you’ve probably used mechanics soap everyday not knowing it can clean stains as well as it can clean your skin. Little did you know, this kind of soap was actually designed to do both.




• Old towel or cardboard
• Mechanics soap




1. Lay your clothing flat.
2. Place an old towel or cardboard under the stain.
3. Apply the soap to the stain.
4. Allow the soap to set for 15 to 30 minutes.
5. Wash the garment in a washing machine separately, to avoid a mechanics soap smell on your entire wash load (unless you like that sort of thing).
6. Dry according to your clothing’s label.


While each method may need to be repeated to remove set-in grease, stains like these are no match for common household items and a little bit of elbow grease. Now that you know what to do, you’ll be able to go back to work in a shirt that looks as good as new without having bought an expensive stain remover to get the job done. Better yet, get a shirt with built in stain-blocking technology that keeps stains from forming in the first place.


Save Time with Oil Repellent Clothing


If there was a way to avoid the stain altogether, would you try it? OilBlok Technology, offered exclusively by Red Kap, repels some of the toughest garage liquids to keep stains from forming. Replace your old workwear with garments sporting our OilBlok Technology so your shop clothes stay looking professional and are always ready to go.


If you’re part of a crew, talk to your manager about outfiting the whole team. With OilBlok Technology, you and your fellow wrenchers can forget worrying about staining your uniform and focus on getting the job done.





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How to Remove Dried Paint from Workwear

When it comes to painting, the chances are good you’ll end up with a drop or two on your clothes before the day is over. No matter what you do, it’s hard to avoid the occasional splatter or drip. Don’t worry though, those unavoidable drops are easily removed from your workwear with a little effort and a few common household items.

Read on to learn how to prepare your workwear and remove dried paint stains from it so you can keep up that professional appearance your customers expect:

How to Prep Clothing for Paint Stain Removal

What kind of Paint Was Used?

First figure out what kind of paint you used. Whether it be acrylic or oil-based, each type of paint requires a different process to break down and remove the stain. If you’re not entirely sure what kind you used and you don't have the paint container anymore, try to recall what you used to clean your paint brush.

Acrylic paints are water-based. If you used water and perhaps some detergent to clean your brush, then you most likely used a water-based paint. If you used paint thinner or turpentine to clean your brush and the paint required a long drying time, you probably used an oil-based paint or finish.

Scrape off Excess Paint

No matter what kind of paint you used, you’ll want to begin by scraping away as much of it as you can. For this, you should use a blunt object like a scraper, spoon, or even a credit card or coin. If the paint is on a tougher fabric, such as canvas or denim, you can also try gently using a stiff-bristled brush to scrape the dried paint from the surface.

Now that the excess paint is gone, it’s time to address the stain itself.

How to Remove Acrylic Paint from Clothing

1. Laundry Detergent Method

This simple method uses things you probably have on hand, laundry detergent and water. You’ll apply the detergent directly to the stain, making it more effective than if you were to just throw it in your washer. Here’s how it’s done:


• Warm Water
• Laundry detergent
• Paper towels or rags
• Stain remover


1. Turn the item inside out.
2. Run warm water on the back of the stain from the opposite side—this helps force away the paint.
3. Blot stain from the front using a paper towel or rag.
4. Mix equal parts detergent and water (make enough to cover the stain).
5. Saturate the stain with this mixture.
6. Blot it with the paper towel or rag (DO NOT RUB).
7. Rinse again.
8. Repeat until you don’t see any more paint coming up on your paper towel (you may need to reapply the detergent).
9. Dry normally.

2. Ammonia and Vinegar Method

If you have the two household stand-bys of ammonia and vinegar around, this method's worth a try. These may even get the stain completely out before you wash it. Remember to never use ammonia with bleach, as this will create poisonous fumes. Follow these steps to get it done:


• 1 Cup of Ammonia
• 1 Cup of white vinegar
• Salt (handful)
• Lint-free cloth or sponge


1. Soak the garment in cold water for a few minutes.
2. While that's soaking, in a separate bowl or bucket, mix 1 cup of ammonia, 1 cup of white vinegar, and a handful of salt.
3. Wring out the garment and lay it flat.
4. Dip your lint-free cloth or sponge in the ammonia-salt-vinegar mixture and apply it to the stain.
5. Blot the stain vigorously, then rinse.
6. Repeat if needed.
7. Wash and dry normally.

3. Window Cleaner Method

Window cleaner usually has ammonia and alcohol in it, making it a handy substitute for pure ammonia. These components help break down the stains so they can be washed out easily. Here’s how to do it:


• Sponge
• Window cleaner
• Warm water


1. Spray the window cleaner onto your sponge.
2. Blot the stain, then rinse.
3. Repeat until no more paint comes up on the sponge.
4. Wash in machine.
5. Dry normally.

Removing Oil Paints From Fabric

1. Paint Thinner Method

This is the surest bet to remove oil paint, but it can be rough on clothes. For that reason, you’ll want to test a small amount of thinner in an inconspicuous area before attacking the entire stain. Take a look at how it’s done:


• Roll of paper towels or a lot of clean rags
• Paint thinner or turpentine
• Warm and hot water
• Dish detergent


1. Test first by blotting a corner of the fabric with the thinner to make sure it doesn't discolor the fabric.
2. Turn the garment inside out and place it on top of a bed of paper towels or rags.
3. Dip a rag or paper towel in the thinner, then blot the stain.
4. Keep at it until no more paint appears on your towel or rag.
5. Rinse the garment with warm water.
6. Squirt some dish detergent in a sink or bucket and fill it with hot water.
7. Place the garment in here and let it soak overnight to help dilute the paint thinner (you don’t want paint thinner in your washer).
8. Wash it as usual the next day, in the hottest water the fabric can take.
9. Dry normally.

2. Rubbing Alcohol, Hand Sanitizer, or Nail Polish Remover Method

If you don't have any turpentine or paint thinner on hand, try to remove the stain with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer may also do the trick. Here’s how to get it done:


• Rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, or nail polish remover (preferably acetone-based).
• Paper towels or rags
• Warm water


1. Test the garment by blotting a hidden part with your chosen substance.
2. Blot the stain with the nail polish remover, sanitizer or hand sanitizer and a paper towel or rag .
3. Repeat until no more paint comes up when blotting.
4. Rinse with warm water.

5. Wash and dry normally.

With these methods, future inevitable paint stains should have no effect on the look of your workwear. Simply search under the sink or through cabinets in the garage to find the materials you’ll need to remove the stains and return your workwear back to a like-new state. But what if those inevitable paint stains were actually completely avoidable?

How Inevitable Splatters Become Avoidable Stains

While getting paint on your workwear may not be avoidable, those stains the paint leaves behind are. OilBlok Technology, offered exclusively by Red Kap, gives workwear unparalleled stain blocking power. This revolutionary workwear repels things like paint and oil, much like a raincoat repels water.

Available in sharp styles like polos or button-downs, you can outfit your whole team for a unified look. With workwear sporting OilBlok Technology, you and your team will always come to work looking professional and ready to give it 110%.


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How to Remove Sweat Stains from Workwear

Making a living with your hands is hard work. You come home rank, covered in sweat, dirt, and grime. While you can wash out the smell and most of the rest, a little can be left behind in the form of pesky sweat stains.

Here’s what happens: sweat proteins and dirt combine with aluminum and other ingredients in deodorant resulting in the yellow stains on your clothes. Don't let those pesky yellow marks sabotage your look or your workwear by using the following household items and methods to remove your sweat stains:

1. Removing Sweat Stains with White Vinegar

White vinegar can be used in cooking, to clean water spots, and to clean stains out of clothing. It gets the job done by breaking stains down and lifting them out of clothes. Here's what to do:


1. Mix 2 Tbsp. of white vinegar with 1 cup of water.
2. Apply the mixture to the stain, rub it in gently with your fingers.
3. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes.
4. Wash your garment using cold water.

5. Let air dry (using a heated dryer cycle can cause the stain to set).

You can also soak the garment in white vinegar if they are particularly difficult sweat stains. Here's how:

1. Mix one part vinegar with two parts water in a container big enough to submerge your clothing.
2. Submerge the garment in the mixture.
3. Let it soak for 20 minutes.
4. Use the same air-dry method as before.

2. Removing Sweat Stains with Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

You can create a paste with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to bring out the stains. You can also combine this method with the white vinegar soaking method above for added stain-fighting power. Here’s how to use the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda:


1. Mix equal parts baking soda, water, and hydrogen peroxide into a paste in a cup.
2. Rub the paste into the stain using an old toothbrush.
3. Let the item sit for 30 minutes.
4. Wash the garment in cold water.
5. Let air dry.

3. Removing Sweat Stains with Hydrogen Peroxide and Dish Soap

If all you have is hydrogen peroxide and dish soap, give this combo a try. Much like white vinegar, these two liquids combine to help break the stain down so it can be fully removed in the wash. Follow these steps to get it done:


1. Mix 3 Tbsp. dish soap with 6 Tbsp. hydrogen peroxide in a cup.
2. Rub the solution into the stain using an old toothbrush.

3. Let the garment sit for around an hour.
4. Wash the clothing in cold water.
5. Let air dry.

4. Removing Sweat Stains with Lemons

Lemons have a similar effect as white vinegar on sweat stains. The acidity of their juice breaks the sweat stain down, so it can be washed away fully. Here’s how to make a lemon squeeze work for you:


1. Cut up a few lemons and squeeze a ½ cup’s worth of juice into a cup.
       a) pre-squeeze lemon juice is fine too
2. Mix up equal parts lemon juice and water in the cup.
3. Rub the mixture into the stain.
4. Let it set for 30 minutes.
5. Wash the garment in cold water.
6. Let air dry.

5. Removing Sweat Stains with Aspirin

The same medicine that is great at relieving headaches is also great at breaking down sweat stains on clothes. After getting rid of your end-of-the-day aches, leave the bottle out and follow these steps to break down your sweat stains:


1. Crush four aspirin pills with a mortar and pestle or a method like putting the pills in a bag and pulverizing them with a hammer or meat tenderizer.
2. Mix the crushed pills in warm water until they dissolve.
3. Transfer the water to a spray bottle and shake.
4. Spray the stain until it's saturated.
5. Let sit for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the severity of the stain.
6. Crush three more aspirin and add just enough water to make a thick paste.
7. Rub the paste over the saturated stain.
8. Leave the paste on for 5 minutes
9. Wash the garment in cold water.
10. Let air dry.

Whatever you do, avoid using bleach to fight sweat stains. You might think it’s the perfect tool to get rid of your sweat stains, but using bleach can actually make things worse.

Like antiperspirant, bleach reacts to sweat proteins and can make the sweat stain more yellow. It's better to find the household items mentioned above and put them to work fighting your sweat stains. However, what if you could avoid the stain altogether?

Prevent Stains with Oil-Repellent Clothing

Red Kap's workwear with OilBlok Technology is designed to block even the toughest garage fluids from penetrating fabric while wicking sweat to stop sweat stains from forming. If you’re looking for workwear that will stay looking professional all day long and be ready to go to work the next morning, this is the workwear for you.

Are you part of a team, or do you manage one? With this workwear, you and your coworkers can work hard and stay comfortable no matter the job at hand. Look into outfitting for your team so you can stay ahead of the competition.


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