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Old 10-14-2008, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you get 85W-90 gear oil out of your clothes. I had a brain fart the other day and got gear oil all over my jeans. I have tried soaking them in laundry detergent and spraying them with spray and wash and then washing them. They still smell like gear oil. Is there any other trick to getting the smell out? TIA
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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coke cola??
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep. Dump a can of Coke in the wash machine. I know of some people who work at road construction who do this. Road oil is tough to get out.
Usually after 2-3 washings the smell goes away.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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or burn them and get new ones.... might be cheaper and less headache
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm not quite ready to get rid of them just yet. They are still a good pair of work jeans, but thanks for all of the "good" ideas. I think I'll try using coke before taking a match to them.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Since water is heavier than oil, I wonder if you could submerse the jeans in a tub of water, and let the weight of the water push the oil to the surface? I'd probably try submersing them for a few days. On the other hand, I'm not sure if that is enough force to get the oil molecules to un-bond from the cloth.

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Old 10-15-2008, 10:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have never tried the Coke trick, but have heard it works...

What we have always done is worked Go-Jo into the fabric for a couple washes, seems to work pretty good and minimizes fiber strain on the clothing article in question. (how is that for saying it will not ruin fabric?).
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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AH yes fire the solution to many problems.
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Here's a better solution. Sell them as is on e-bay. People love grungy jeans. Bullet holes, cut, frayed holes, hems that have dragged in the mud/dirt. Now the gear grease look, repleat with appropriate smell!

Dang it, now Calvin Klein will grab the idea.
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I was going to say mix a little gas in with the gear oil and light a match, but I see that suggestion has already been made.
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