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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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