How to Remove Tree Sap From Pants

It's easy to pick up sap stains without knowing it while hiking in the woods.
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Tree sap is one of those things you don’t expect to stain your pants, but the sticky, gooey nature of sap makes it nearly impossible to remove just by wiping it with a rag. Tree sap from living trees in the wild and Christmas trees in your house can ruin the look of your favorite pants. But you don’t have to kiss your pants goodbye just yet. Be a little aggressive with your stain removal methods and you can have your pants back to normal in no time. Let the sap dry onto your pants before attempting stain removal.

Moisten a rag with isopropyl alcohol. Blot the alcohol onto the sap stain. Use a dry rag to blot the alcohol from the pants. Continue blotting with alcohol, then the dry rag until all of the sap is gone. Wash the pants as usual.

Spray household lubricating spray onto a rag. Dab the lubricating spray onto the sap stain. Apply more spray and continue dabbing until the sap is completely gone from the pants, then launder as usual.

Mix 1 teaspoon of powdered laundry detergent and a few drops of water into a bowl to create a paste. Spread the paste onto the sap. Leave it for 30 minutes, then launder the pants as usual.

Pour a few drops of non-sudsing household ammonia onto the sap stain. Leave it there for a few minutes, then launder as usual.

  • Don’t put the pants in the dryer until you are sure all of the sap is gone. The dryer heat can set the sap into the fabric, making it nearly impossible to remove.
  • Test the product you are using on an inconspicuous area of the pants first to check for damage to the fabric or color changes.
  • Never mix bleach and ammonia. The resulting fumes can be toxic.
  • If the sap-stained garment is not washable, take it to a professional for stain removal.

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.