Charlie's Corner

December 19, 2019

O Christmas Tree: Remove Tree Sap from Clothes & More

Christmas trees are beautiful things, although you can find yourself in an ugly situation if you need to remove tree sap from clothes, carpeting or cars. Not to fear. Charlie’s Soap is here. Keep reading for some savvy tips that ensure you retain merry memories of your holiday season by providing step-by-step instructions for removing the sap. 

Remove Tree Sap from Clothes

Sap is sticky and can be tricky to remove. For best results, you want to attack the sap when it’s still super fresh or once it’s already dried out. Both methods use the same steps below.

  1. Scrape off remaining dried-out or fresh sap using a spoon or dull knife. This ensures you have the least amount of sap to deal with on your clothing.
  2. Spritz a generous dollop of Charlie’s Soap Laundry Pre-Spray on the remaining sap. Rub the solution into the sap stain and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. It’s OK if the pre-spray dries on the sap. It’s also OK if you see the sap stain spread. That means it’s working to pull the stain out of the fabric.
  3. Wash the fabric as usual, using Charlie’s Soap Natural Laundry Detergent. If the fabric can handle it, use warm water.
  4. Check the clothing after laundering, ensuring no trace of sap remains before you place the item in the dryer. Drying the item will set the stain into the fabric permanently.
  5. If any sap stain remains, repeat the above steps until all the sap has been removed.

Each time you repeat the process, you can use a little more Charlie’s Soap pre-spray and let it set in for a little longer before you launder.

If the sap stain still won’t budge, try an overnight soak. Fill a bucket with water and at least four doses of Charlie’s Soap detergent. Add the sap-stained item, cover the bucket, and let it soak overnight. Dump the bucket into the washing machine in the morning, then run it through a wash cycle without adding any more detergent.

If that doesn’t work, you only have one option left: getting a pair of scissors to cut out the stain. If Charlie’s Soap doesn’t get it out, nothing will.

Get Sap off Car and Carpet

Now that you know how to remove tree sap from clothes, it’s time to focus on other areas sap may roam. Like your car and carpeting.

Tree sap on your car’s exterior or carpet can be tough to remove, especially once it dries. But it’s not tougher than Charlie’s Soap Natural Indoor & Outdoor Surface Cleaner. Both fixes use the same steps.

  1. Spritz Charlie’s Soap surface cleaner on the sap.
  2. Let it sit for a few minutes. Our cleaner lifts stains from surfaces naturally, rather than dissolving them with harsh chemical ingredients.
  3. Add water to rinse or wipe or blot up the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel.
  4. Repeat as needed until all traces of sap are gone.

Not only does Charlie’s Soap remove tree sap from cars, carpets and clothes, but it can take on a host of other stains other detergents or solvents can’t even touch. You can even use our indoor and outdoor surface cleaner to remove sap from your hands. Shop the full Charlie’s Soap collection today for a happy, stain-free holiday season (and beyond!).