How to get oil or hydraulic fluid out of your clothes.
Get the oil or greases out of your clothes, as well as the smell.
My days of being a helicopter mechanic have often left me soaked from head to toe in JP5, hydraulic fluid, and other types of oils and hazmat. It's not feasible to wash your coveralls every day so i would usually only wash them at the end of the week. Once your clothes get saturated with these oils they begin to kind of hold that smell.
Every time you get in a car that has your coveralls in them or open a locker that they have been in you get that rush of smell. Now hydraulic fluid doesn't really smell bad but it doesn't smell good either plus it just reminds you of work so who wants that.
Also something else that it can affect that i didn't even think of until recently was your washing machine. I have tried everything from using expensive detergents to washing them twice in a row to get the smell or stains out. After talking to another Marine whose father was a mechanic in the military i got a solution.
Pinesol. When you wash your stained oily clothes pour some pinesol in with them. It does wonders to get the smell and oil out. Every time i washed my coveralls before, there would be a black sludge in the washer. I kinda thought this probably isn't too good for the washing machine either. I'm sure that there's something that this is clogging up or causing to not work as well. The pinesol also helps to flush that out too.
Someone also told me that vinegar works wonders to do things similar to what the pinesol can do for your clothes, but i havnt tried it yet. I read an article once about hundreds ways vinegar benefits you. It was pretty interesting. Well hope this helps someone out. Send your questions, comments, concerns, or threats to the comments.
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