How to get tree sap out of clothes

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Tree sap is the worst for leaving behind sticky spots all over your clothing and skin. It can be extremely difficult to remove and is almost like gum stuck to your clothes and skin. Soap and water just don't seem to do the trick either, but there are some great cleaning tips and simple life hacks that will have your clothes sap free and looking great again. Make sure you don't put your clothes in the washing machine before you treat the stain though. This can actually make the stain worse and leave a dark mark on your clothes that will not come out once it's set in from the heat. It's also best if you can clean the sap off right away too. So don't let it sit overnight on your clothes, take the item off and treat it as soon as you get home. Put your piece of clothing on a table or another flat surface on an old towel. You will need some natural cleaners for this simple life hack including rubbing alcohol and some laundry soap. Take a cotton ball and get some rubbing alcohol on it. Then, rub the alcohol on the sap to saturate it completely. You will find that the rubbing alcohol will take the stickiness out of the sap and it will remove quite easily. If it doesn't come out completely, you can try some more rubbing alcohol, or you can try some laundry detergent and water. Make a paste with some powdered laundry detergent and water and then rub it on the sap stained area. Let this cleaning solution sit on the stain to soak for at least 30 minutes.

Once the stain has been treated, you can wash it as usual, but just don't wash it with other clothing or items, so the sap doesn't get on them. Hang up the article of clothing to dry instead of drying it in the heat of the dryer. Drying it in the dryer could cause any stains to become permanent, so you want to avoid that. When your piece of clothing is dry check the area where the sap stain was and see if the stain is gone. Hopefully after trying out these simple life hacks the stain will be gone, but if it's not, repeat the steps and try again. If it's still not gone, you can also try to bring it to the dry cleaners, and they may be able to treat it if you haven't dryed the article of clothing in the dryer.

To get sap out of your skin and hair, one of the simple life hacks you can try is to use rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer with alcohol in it. Hand sanitizer would be a great idea to bring along with you when you're hiking just in case you get some sap on your skin. That way you don't have to be sticky all day. If you're at home, you can use some nail polish remover to remove the sap. Just put a bit of either the rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer or nail polish remover onto your skin and then wash with soap and water. If you happen to get it stuck in your hair, this might be a little trickier to remove, but it can be done with some great cleaning tips. You can use peanut butter to remove it, or you can also use mayonnaise depending on what you have at home. Even just plain oil like coconut oil might work for cleaning the sap out of your hair too. Try out these cleaning tips and simple life hacks and see how they work for you.***

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