How to Get Desitin Ointment Out of Clothes

There's nothing like a greasy stain to ruin a valued article of clothing, but when you have a baby, stains are a part of everyday life. Whether its spit-up or strained peas, parents are stain magnets. Desitin, a diaper rash ointment made with zinc oxide, is one common staining agent parents encounter. But with the right tools, parents can get Desitin ointment out of clothes.

Dish-Washing Liquid

Step 1

Remove any excess ointment from clothing by skimming across the fabric with a paper towel. Don't rub too forcefully or you'll push the ointment into the fabric.

Step 2

Saturate the stained area with full-strength dish-washing liquid. Choose one that is known for cutting through grease well.

Step 3

Let the clothing article sit with the dish-washing liquid on it for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Pour hot water on the stain (or the warmest water that the fabric's care instructions allow). Work the dish-washing liquid into a lather. Scrub the stain with a scrub brush or old toothbrush to work the detergent into the fabric. Allow the item to soak in hot water for two hours.

Step 5

Wash the clothing as per normal in the washing machine using the longest pre-soak option available.

Step 6

Dry as usual.

De-greasing Agent

Step 1

Remove any excess ointment from clothing by skimming across the fabric with a paper towel. Don't rub too forcefully or you'll push the ointment into the fabric.

Step 2

Saturate the stain with a de-greasing agent such as WD-40, Lestoing or Pine-Sol. Allow the item to soak for an hour.

Step 3

Apply liquid or powdered laundry detergent to the stain. Add just enough water to work into a lather.

Step 4

Place the item into the washing machine and choose a long pre-soak cycle to allow the water and detergent to lift the stain. Wash as usual.

Step 5

Dry the item as usual.