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What to Do About Fifth Wheel Grease

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.