How to Get Sap Out of Shorts

Turns out that the great outdoors can be very sticky and hard to remove!

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Whether you're an outdoorsy kind of gal or just went for a little nature walk with your friends, brushing up against a tree is almost inevitable when you're in the great outdoors. But discovering that you have gotten tree sap on your shorts may make you realize that nature can be a little unkind, because tree sap is sticky and stubborn. Getting that sap off your shorts is going to take some effort and some items at home.


Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the tree sap. If you don't have any rubbing alcohol, use some hand sanitizer instead.


Rub the sides of the fabric together to work the rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer into the fabric. Put a towel underneath the shorts if you're working over a surface that you don't want to get wet or stained.


Apply some stain treatment to the stain and rub the fabric together.


Wash the shorts in warm water and laundry detergent. Take a look at the shorts before you move them to the dryer and repeat the rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer method if the tree sap is not completely gone. Don't dry the shorts in the dryer until the stain is gone.

Things You'll Need


1.Rubbing alcohol

3.Clean cloth(s)

5.Laundry detergent

2.Hand sanitizer

4.Stain removal product


Tips & Tricks


If you won't be near a washing machine or other products right away, apply a small amount of insect repellant to the stain and rub it in. Wash the shorts as soon as possible.


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