What is the meaning of life? What is the soul? What lies beyond the grave? How do I remove hemp oil stains from my clothes?
These questions have twisted the minds of philosophers into salted pretzels and left our greatest scientists baffled, befuddled and suffering from low self-esteem.
Today, we shall reduce the most humongous of these questions to simple terms and communicate to you, dear reader, all the materials, practices and tricks necessary to remove hemp oil from any garment. (Our advice works for other types of stains and spills, too!)
Fundamentals of Stain Removal
Abide by these simple rules and hemp oil stains won’t stand a chance.
The longer an oil stain is allowed to dry and set into the garment, the harder it will be to remove. For best results, act immediately.
Dab Now. Rub Later.
For fresh spills, dab. Never rub and never scrub. We know, rubbing feels so right. Resist the urge. Dab instead.
For set-in stains, rub away. (Stain-removers and pretreatment sprays require rubbing and, in some cases, scrubbing.)
Treat Both Sides of the Fabric
In his seminal work “The Art of War,” military strategist Sun Tzu wrote, “To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.” Sun Tzu refers to warfare between nations, but his wisdom also applies to battles of the more oily variety.
Now, try to put yourself in the mind of a stain. This is how a stain thinks: “I’ll move to the underside of the shirt. I’ll be safe there.”
Apply cleaning agents to the topside and underside of the fabric or garment. You’ll block the stains best avenue of escape.
How to Remove Hemp Oil Stains, Naturally
At Green Lotus™, we’re natural. Our farm-to-bottle philosophy makes us one of the only companies to control every part of the production process, from organically-grown hemp to five-panel testing for safety and purity. Instead of CBD alone, we give you the whole plant: full spectrum hemp oil, just as nature intended.
When it comes to stain removal, non-chemical solutions are our first choice. You can find most of this stuff around the house, and it’s gentle on the environment.
Baking Soda and White Vinegar
Just spilled some hemp oil? Unleash baking soda and white vinegar, the sworn enemy of fresh spills.
- Dab the affected area with a soapy towel, paper towel or rag for twenty seconds.
- Pour baking soda on the topside and underside of the affected area.
- Wait 15 minutes. Baking soda should turn brown and clumpy.
- Scrape the baking soda off the garment. Hint: Use your driver’s license or a credit card. (Other people’s licenses and credit cards work just as well. If the stain won’t come out, simply use the credit card that is not yours to buy a new shirt.)
- Soak in distilled white vinegar for 10 minutes.
- Rinse in hot water and leave to dry.
For set-in stains, switch from dry baking soda to a baking soda paste. To make baking soda paste, mix baking soda and water in a bowl, or bowler hat, at a 2:1 ratio.
Ex: 1 cup of baking soda + ½ cup of water.
Rub the baking soda paste into the garment, on the topside and underside of the affected area. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
Tough stains may require 1 -3 hours (and may be emotionally unavailable, may ride a motorcycle and may be unpopular with family and friends).
Scrape or brush the dried paste off of the garment. Rinse thoroughly with cold water or run the garment through a wash cycle, setting the washing machine to “Cold.”
No baking soda? Try talcum powder and baby powder. Follow the same process as you’d follow with baking soda.
Avoid Splotchy White Marks, Do A Colorfast Test
Before using baking soda (or any cleaning agent), you’ll need to know whether your garment is colorfast or non-colorfast. Here’s how to test for color-fastness without ruining you garment:
- Find a part of your garment that you can afford to discolor: somewhere inconspicuous, like an inside seam.
- Apply baking soda, detergent or stain remover to the area.
- Wait a few minutes and dab the area with a white towel or rag.
If the rag carries off any color from the garment, the garment is non-colorfast.
On the other hand, if there is no color transfer — if the rag is still white — the garment is colorfast. It’s safe to use baking soda, white vinegar or stain remover!
For non-colorfast garments, enlist the help of a professional laundering service. If that doesn’t fit your budget, dab diluted white vinegar on both sides of the stain and wash your garment with cold water. (Non-colorfast clothing bleeds color in hot water.)
Club Soda and Salt
For a fast, effective and non-abrasive response to fresh stains, including hemp oil, look no further than club soda and salt:
1. Pour club soda onto a towel.
2. Dab affected area on the topside and underside to remove excess oil.
3. Pour salt over the affected area. (Be generous.)
4. Pour club soda on top of the salt.
5. Let sit for 1 – 2 hours.
6. Shake off the salt. Dab with a fresh towel until clean.
During the course of our research, we found a study conducted by the Dry Cleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) that tested (with surprising rigor) the relative effectiveness of water and club soda as stain removers. According to Kevin Houston of Crest Cleaners, researchers at the DLI found that club soda is indeed a good short term fix for most stains.¹
We just think it’s fantastic that someone took the time to study club soda in such detail. If you’re in the area of Cocoa, Florida, stop by Crest Cleaners!
How to Remove Hemp Oil Stains With Pretreatment Sprays and Machine Wash
This simple, five-step process requires a washing machine and one of the following pretreatments:
- Liquid Detergent or Powdered Detergent (wetted into a paste)
- Stain Remover/Pretreatment Spray (Green Lotus™ recommends Puracy: an enzyme-based, natural cleaner.)
- Toothbrush (optional)
- Locate the hemp oil stain.
- Spray with stain remover or apply detergent on the topside and underside of the garment. Rub in with fingers or scrub in with toothbrush.
- Set to “Hot.” Start wash cycle with detergent. (When using chemical-based pretreatment and detergent, hot water is preferable to cold water. Use cold water for 100% natural fabrics or if you unsure about the source of the stain.)
- Check the garment after the cycle ends. Is the stain still there? If so, repeat steps 2 and 3.
- Air-dry the garment. (Beware: heated drying can set stains and make them even harder to remove.)
Enzyme-based Stain Removers: The Natural Choice
Enzyme-based cleaners are an effective, environmentally-friendly solution for removing protein-based stains. Organic oil, wine, blood and pet accidents are ideal targets for enzyme-based cleaners — also known an enzymatic cleaners.
Enzyme-based cleaners work differently than oxidizing agents like bleach.
Oxidizing agents eliminate stains by making them colorless. Enzyme-based cleaners, on the other hand, attack the root cause of a stain, breaking down bacteria to remove the whole stain without the use of chemicals.
4 Weird (and Sketchy) Ways to Remove Hemp Oil Stains
Like the cybernetic assassin in the 1984 film “The Terminator,” hemp oil stains can’t be bargained with, can’t be reasoned with, do not feel pity or remorse, and absolutely will not stop until your spotless white shirt is spattered with tiny brown spots.
So, what is a person to do when natural cleaners go AWOL and baking soda skips town? We have the answer: it’s in your garage; it’s not natural and it’s either flammable or sugary. Click on the sections below to learn how to harness the power of industrial solvents and soda to treat stains and spills.
*Warning* Acetone (ass-eh-tone) is highly flammable. Keep containers of acetone sealed when not in use and away from fire or sparks. (Author’s note: Oil stains are offensive, of course. But is a stain worth a fire, a life? I think not.)
Hello, friends of Green Lotus™!
Upon further consideration, we have decided that acetone will not remove stains. It’s useless for that purpose. It simply doesn’t work. We apologize for the inconvenience.
As the #1 solution to creaky doors, WD-40 needs no introduction. WD-40 “lubricates” via strong solvents that break down rust and grime in moving joints and door hinges. In a pinch, these solvents can be used to treat stains and spills.
To remove hemp oil with WD-40, you will need:
- Two thin towels or rags.
- Spray WD-40 on both rags. (Be generous. If the rag is large enough, use the opposite ends.)
- Apply the soaked rag to the topside and underside of the affected area.
- Dab until spill or stain absorbs into the rag.
- Spray a fresh part of the rag, and repeat the process until the stain is gone.
- Rinse in cold water.
Lighter fluid is a potent solvent and a solid fall-back option for camping trips, outdoor parties and reggae festivals. It makes for a great “first-aid” treatment.
To remove a stain with lighter fluid, you will need:
- A source of butane, e.g. a lighter, tiki torch or charcoal lighter fluid for outdoor grills.
- A towel or rag
- Find a hidden spot on the garment to test whether the lighter fluid removes color from your garment. Apply a small amount of lighter fluid to a rag and dab. If no color shows up on the rag, continue to step 2.
- Apply lighter fluid directly to the stain, underside and topside.
- Softly dab the stained area with a rag.
- Apply lighter fluid and dab again, until the stain has faded.
- Hand rinse in hot water with soap, or run the garment through a wash cycle on “Hot.”
Cuts through rust, cleans tile grout and breaks down limescale in toilets and showers.² Some people even drink Coca-Cola.
But for hemp oil? Yes! Coke can remove hemp oil stains in 30 minutes flat. No special skills required:
- Throw the garment onto the ground or into a sink.
- Open a can of Coke.
- Dump the contents of the can on the hemp oil stain, saving one sip to enjoy later.
- Let soak for 20 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly in water.*
*In 1999, Coca-Cola injected new life into its line of cleaning products with the release of Dasani, a semi-potable water product conveniently packaged for single-use projects. At Green Lotus™, we choose Dasani.
Green Lotus™ Tinctures: Too Good to Spill
Green Lotus™ Tinctures are some of most popular products. Head over to our online store where you’ll find Orange, Lemon and Natural tinctures at 150 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg and 1500 mg of full spectrum hemp oil. Our tinctures are flavored using natural fruit terpenes and cold-pressed juice. Delicious!
Hemp oil spills are rare, right? Maybe not.
After a member of the Green Lotus™ team lost his favorite shirt to hemp oil, we felt compelled to address the issue in full detail. (We cannot reveal the name of the team member because Miguel asked us not to mention his name in this article. We respect Miguel’s privacy.)
In honor of Miguel, here’s how to avoid a spill:
- Fill dropper with Green Lotus™ premium full spectrum hemp oil.
- Gently shake dropper (in the bottle) to get rid excess oil.
- Remove dropper from bottle. Keep at a safe distance from clothes or fabrics.
- Carefully place dropper under your tongue and empty it.
- Put the dropper back in the bottle.
To our friends and partners, thank you for visiting our blog. We hope that we’ve passed on some useful information! If you have pictures of hemp oil stains that refuse to come out, post your story to our Facebook or Instagram page. We’re all in this together.
Have a remarkable day!
– Your friends @ GreenLotusHemp