How to Remove Sticky, Clingy Tree Sap From Your Clothes

How to remove sticky, clingy tree sap from your clothes.

12/4/2021 4:30:00 PM

How to remove sticky, clingy tree sap from your clothes.

Yes, your favorite quarter-zip or puffer coat can still be saved!

First Things FirstNo matter which of the following processes you try, the first step should always be scraping away the still-tacky excess goo using a spoon or dull knife. This will give your chosen treatment the best chance of success. Then, test for colorfastness using your selected technique by applying a drop to a hidden part of the fabric, rinsing, and blot drying. If color change doesn’t occur, proceed as planned. If color change occurs, pick another removal method.

FreezingFreezing is the least invasive option, so it’s always worth a shot. If it fits, place the entire item in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Otherwise, rest a bag of ice on the stain for the same amount of time. Once the sap is sufficiently frozen, break it off with your hands and scrape the rest away using your spoon or dull knife. In some cases, this is all you need to do before throwing it in the washing machine.

How Long Does a Real Christmas Tree Last?Stain RemoverAn obvious route, laundry stain remover does exactly what it’s designed to do — even when the stain is gooey sap. Pour your go-to liquid directly onto the sap and use a rag or old toothbrush to work it into the fabric. Let it continue to soak for about five minutes and then wash it with your regular detergent in the hottest cycle the garment’s care label allows. This process should yield a stain-free item.

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Rubbing Alcohol or Hand SanitizerRubbing alcohol—or hand sanitizer, if you’re on the go—tends to break down sap quite reliably. Use a rag or old toothbrush to work it into the fabric, then let it soak for about 15 minutes. Follow up with your regular detergent and the hottest wash cycle the garment’s care label recommends. If all goes well, your garment will emerge sap-free.

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