At some point in your life you've likely seen the column "Hints from Heloise." These "lifestyle" hints (now being penned by a second generation) are still one of the most widely syndicated newspaper columns.
But I wonder if Heloise ever answered this question, posted recently on the Women in Trucking Facebook group:
How do you get fifth wheel grease out of your clothes?
I thought I'd share some of the ideas, which should be of help to all truckers, not just women drivers:
- Mean Green....spray on grease and add a little Tide to it. Scrub it in the spot lightly and launder.
- Soak it in a bucket of warm water to loosen the stain then treat with Dawn on both sides of the fabric, rub in to the stain & let sit about 15 minutes. Put clean warm water in the bucket & let soak again. Repeat until stain is gone. If the stain is still lightly there use Fels Naptha Soap, rub into stain & launder. Fels Naptha is a great stain treater, it's a bar of soap found in the laundry aisle by the stain treaters.
- Go to Dollar Tree and get a spray bottle of Awesome Cleaner...this stuff is great...you may need to scrub with a toothbrush
- I dumped some baking soda into a dish, added enough vinegar to make a paste. Use a wet sponge and work the paste into the stain using a circular motion. Once you have worked that in, put some Dawn dish soap on the sponge and work that in. Launder.
- Electrical contact spray....electricians use it in electronic boxes for corrosion. ...just spray it on.
- Brake cleaner fluid
- Dawn dish soap and sugar
- Dawn, WD-40 and Goop
Plus a few suggestions to prevent getting greasy in the first place:
- Use a 5th wheel puller
- One of the reasons I always had a "grease " shirt handy to put on if messing with the truck ... especially if I was greasing it ... men's dept at Salvation Army ... Goodwill or yard sales
- I saw an old Roadway driver wearing a shop apron to hook up.
And for those pessimists:
- Drop box at Goodwill, LOL
- Scissors...lol. They end up being rags
- A credit card and a shopping spree. It's tax deductible.