How to remove ointment stains from clothing

Ointment spreads just as easily on your clothes as it does on your skin, and since it’s an oil based stain, it’s important to act quickly on ointment stains to avoid any permanent damage. To remove ointment stains, it’s best to use a washing detergent, like Ariel, containing solvents like ethanol to remove oily stains, just make sure that the stain is completely gone after washing before putting the item in the dryer since the heat may set the stain into the fibres of the fabric. Follow our Ariel stain solutions tips and tricks for optimal ointment stain removal in the wash.

Ointment Stain On White Dress

Removing ointment stains

  • 1

    Remove excess

    Get rid of any excess ointment stains from the garment with a spoon before rinsing the fabric inside out with warm, running water.

  • 2


    Pour Ariel Original Washing Liquid from either the bottle or the cap directly onto the ointment stain, enough to completely cover it.

  • 3


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

  • 4


    You can also use the pre-treat cap to ensure you use the right amount of washing detergent. Just fill it with the correct dose of liquid detergent and place it directly into the drum of your washing machine, on top of your dirty laundry.

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    Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated by the instructions on the garment’s fabric care label.

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    When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

Effective stain removal on a variety of stains

There are plenty of stains waiting for you in your bathroom cabinet, not just ointment stains. Toothpaste stains can leave unwanted white marks over everything, not to mention make up stains and other cosmetic stains like mascara stain or lipstick stains. For getting those stains out, Ariel offers outstanding stain removal results from the 1st wash!