Ointment-stained white top in the sink

How to Remove Ointment Stains

While topical creams and ointments can help out with skin conditions and other issues, they can leave greasy or white residue behind on your clothes.

Try out these simple tips to get rid of ointment stains with a helping hand from Tide.

Step 1

Remove Excess

Brush off any excess from the garment before rinsing under cold, running water. The higher the water pressure, the easier it will be to remove.

A person brushing off excess from white garment with a toothbrush
Step 2

Dose

You can also use the cap to ensure you use the right amount of Tide Plus Febreze Freshness Liquid laundry detergent. Just fill it with the correct dose of Tide laundry detergent, and pour it into the laundry 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

Load

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

Load the garment into the washer
Step 4

Wash

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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Wash on the usual cycle
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Step 5

Unload

When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

If the stain persists after washing, repeat the previous steps before tossing in the dryer, as drying will set the stain.

Unload