How To Remove Vaseline Stain From Washable Fabrics
February 16, 2023
Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, is a versatile product that can be used for everything from moisturizing skin to preventing chafing. However, it can also leave behind a greasy stain on clothing or other washable fabrics that can be difficult to remove. If you've ever dealt with a Vaseline stain, you know just how frustrating it can be to get out. But fear not - with the right approach, you can successfully remove Vaseline stains from washable fabrics. In this article, we'll explore some effective techniques for tackling Vaseline stains and restoring your fabrics to their former cleanliness.
These stains may appear as a greasy or oily mark on the fabric, which could be transparent or slightly yellowish. They may also have a petroleum or vaseline-like scent.
Warm (85° to 105°F)
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Warm water helps to dissolve the oil and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Vaseline Stains
Vaseline, a popular brand of petroleum jelly, is an oil-based product that does not dissolve in water. When it comes into contact with fabric, it can leave a greasy stain that is difficult to remove because it cannot be washed away with water alone. The oily nature of the jelly can penetrate into the fabric fibers, making the stain even more stubborn. To remove the stain, you will need to use a solvent-based stain remover or apply a pre-treatment to the stain before washing it with hot water.
Washing machine with hot water setting and laundry detergent
Step By Step Process To Remove Vaseline Stains
Remove any excess Vaseline jelly from the fabric surface by blotting it with paper towels or a clean cloth, then gently scraping it off with a dull knife or spoon.
Apply a solvent-based stain remover like Shout or Resolve to the stained area, following the product's instructions for use.
Apply a pre-treatment stain remover like OxiClean or Zout to the stained area, following the product's instructions for use. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before washing.
Wash the garment in the washing machine using hot water and laundry detergent. Make sure to check the care label of the garment first to ensure it can be washed in hot water.
Inspect the garment after washing to ensure the stain is completely removed. If it is still present, repeat the stain removal process before drying the garment.
Note: Do not dry the garment until the stain is completely removed, as heat from the dryer can set the stain permanently. Also, avoid using hot water to wash delicate fabrics or those with a care label indicating they should be washed in cold water.
Vaseline jelly, being an oil-based product, can leave stubborn, greasy stains on washable fabrics. To remove these stains, first blot the excess jelly, then use a solvent-based stain remover followed by a pre-treatment stain remover. Wash the fabric in hot water and laundry detergent, then check for any remaining stains before drying. Do not dry the garment until the stain is removed.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.