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How to Remove Oily Road Water Stains

Oily road water might have all the colours of the rainbow, but it’s not something you want to wear.

Your garment might seem ruined after getting splashed, but try out these tips from Tide to help you get rid of oily road water stains.

Step 1


Using a plastic bucket, create a soaking solution by adding 28 grams or 1 ½ tablespoons of Tide Plus Bleach Alternative Liquid per 4 litres of warm water. Allow the garment to soak for up to 30 minutes, weighting the item with a white towel to keep it totally submerged.

Step 2


You can use the cap to ensure you use the right amount of Tide Plus Bleach Alternative Liquid laundry detergent. Just fill it with the correct dose of detergent, and pour it into the detergent dispenser if you have an HE washing machine, or directly into the drum before loading the clothes if you have a non-HE washing machine.

Step 3


Without rinsing off the detergent, place the garment into the washer with other items. Leaving the detergent on the stain will give your wash that extra boost of cleaning power.

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Step 4


Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated. Always check the instructions on the garment’s laundry symbols.

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Select the wash cycle and water temperature on your washing machine
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Step 5


When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

If the stain persists after washing, pretreat using Tide HE Turbo Clean Liquid pour Tide on to cover stain and let set for 20 minutes). Then, rewash in warm water with 1 use of Tide before drying.