Things to know about lestoil
Have you ever found something and wondered, “Where has been all my life?” That was my reaction to a simple, heavy-duty cleaning product: Lestoil.
Number 1: Lestoil is a heavy-duty, multi-purpose cleaner that can be used at full strength on stains, especially really difficult stains — the kinds of stains you just give up on, such as ink, toner, grease, oil, scuff marks, blood, lipstick, nail polish, grass, coffee, crayon, marker and even the sticky residue from stickers and labels.
Number 2: Lestoil has been around since 1933.
Number 3: Lestoil has removed every old stain I ever gave up on, as well as every new stain I’ve acquired since it came into my life — on clothing, carpet, concrete and all kinds of patio furniture, including molded plastic.
Number 4: Lestoil contains sodium tallate, among other things, which is a type of soap. This means that once its job is done, it must be washed off or otherwise removed to make sure the item being treated doesn’t retain a residue that will attract a new stain.
Number 5: Lestoil has a strong odor. It smells like an industrial factory that is being cleaned with pine oil. That’s because it does contain pine essential oil, a powerful, natural cleaner and degreaser. But so far the odor hasn’t remained long term after I’ve used it.
Number 6: Lestoil is highly concentrated. A little goes a long way. You want to use it at full strength for laundry stains, but in a small amount — just enough to cover the stain. Then, scrub gently with an old toothbrush. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes, and then launder the item as usual. For large jobs like cleaning tile or linoleum floors, dilute about 1 cup of Lestoil in a bucket of hot water.