Get Stubborn Paint Stains Out Of Clothes With A Handy Home Essential

Say you put your DIY skills to the test this weekend, swapping out the neutral color panels for an accent wall. Your living room now has a focal point, and your clothes have paint stains. Or perhaps you just needed a quick touch-up on the trims and thought your attire would be safe from spills. Regardless of how you've fallen into the paint stain trap, there's an easy way to get out of it with WD-40.

This lubricant spray has over 2,000 uses, including plenty of genius ways to use WD-40 at home. It's also great for getting rid of dry oil-based paint stuck on your clothes. That's because the "WD" in this household must-have stands for "water displacement," and this blend of lubricants partially breaks down oils and grease while lifting stains. To zap remnants of the paint job from your clothes, you will need rubber gloves, a sponge, a microfiber cloth, dish soap, and WD‑40.

How to clean paint-stained clothes with WD-40

First, you need protection. Arm your hands with rubber gloves, and you'll be ready to begin cleaning. For any oil-based paint stain, start by spraying the entire area with WD-40. Next, use a sponge to dab the lubricant into the fabric. You want it to penetrate the stuck-on paint. Then, grab a clean microfiber cloth and wipe the soiled section to lift any paint from the fabric. After removing as much of the smudge as possible, soak the affected clothing in warm water and dish soap. Let it bathe for a couple of minutes, then gently scrub the stain. You should see the pigment clear from your clothing.

If there are any lingering marks, simply repeat the process — add WD-40, dab with a sponge, wipe with a cloth, then soak and scrub. You can also use this method to remove paint from your carpet. Additionally, WD-40 comes in handy for tackling grease, wax, and gum stains from your favorite fabrics.