How to Remove Hydraulic Fluid From Clothing

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When you’re working with hydraulic fluid or other heavy-duty substances, try to wear old clothing in case of accidental splashes. If you do splash hydraulic fluid on yourself, take care of your skin before your clothing. Hydraulic fluid is an irritant. Cleanse the skin with soap and water and contact a doctor if you experience pain or irritation. After you’ve taken care of yourself, work to eliminate stains from your clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Degreaser
  • Bucket
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Detergent

Step 1

Take action right away. The longer a stain has to set into the clothing, the harder it will be to get it out. If the fluid has just spilled on the clothing, remove the clothing item and rinse it under a strong stream of water. This will help get some of the fluid off the clothing.

Step 2

Use a strong degreaser product intended for oil stains. Follow the directions on the product you select.

Step 3

Launder the clothing as you normally would by following the directions on the clothing’s label. For example, if the label instructs you to avoid hot water, do so.

Step 4

Soak the clothing overnight if this treatment does not get the stain out. Place the clothing item in a bucket with enough oxygen bleach to cover the stain. Add a couple tablespoons of detergent and mix. After soaking, launder the clothing again.

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