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How to get oil or hydraulic fluid out of your clothes.

Updated on January 3, 2011

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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      15 months ago

      Hi this is bad advise

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      5 years ago

      Thank you for this my husbands and marine and works all day on CH53s all day so his cover all get nasty, they also get everything else smelling nasty no fun at all ! So thank you again for this, it has helped wonders

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      freaked out 'n small 

      6 years ago

      I will definitely try! Thank you! My husband's work clothes smell so badly of hydraulic oil that I have to keep them in another bedroom and then keep that bedroom door closed so the smell doesn't come into the hall! Hoping this works!

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      6 years ago

      My son works at a machine shop. His clothes smell of the coolant from the machines. I will pass this info on to him and let you know how it works.

      Thanks for the info!

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      miron briley 

      6 years ago

      Awesome! Thank you

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      daniel steve 

      7 years ago from India

      was a good idea. Chk my hub too and rep...


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