Aquaphor is an oil-based ointment that helps heal dry, chapped skin. But if you get it on your pants, it can leave an unsightly stain. It may take a little elbow grease, but if your pants are cotton, denim or any other washable fabric, you can make it disappear. Take care when treating and make sure the stain is completely gone before putting the pants in the dryer. The dryer heat can set it in the stain, making it nearly impossible to remove.
Items you will need
- Flat-edged tool
- Talcum powder, cornstarch or baby powder
- Rubbing alcohol
- White rags
- 1/2 tablespoon liquid dish soap
- Laundry stain remover
Scrape any globs of Aquaphor off the pants using a flat-edged tool like a butter knife or popsicle stick. Use short, quick strokes to get the gel off without spreading it further onto the fabric.
Sprinkle talcum powder, cornstarch or baby powder onto the pants. Pat the powder into the fabric with your fingertips.
Let the powder sit on the fabric for 15 minutes to absorb the oil. Use the same flat-edged tool to scrape up the powder. Shake the pants briskly to remove the excess powder.
Cover the spot with rubbing alcohol. Blot the stain with a white rag to absorb the alcohol. Move to a clean part of the rag with every blot. Continue blotting until no more alcohol is being absorbed by the rag.
Mix ½ cup of warm water and ½ tablespoon of liquid dish soap into a bowl. Dab the mixture onto the stain with a clean white rag. Use a dry white rag to blot and soak up the soapy water.
Apply a laundry stain remover to the Aquaphor spot. Let it sit for 10 minutes before laundering the pants as usual.
After washing, let the pants air-dry to inspect for any traces of the stain. If the stain remains, repeat the stain removal process.