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How to Remove Oil Stains from Clothing

How to Remove Oil Stains from Clothing

Oil stains are one of the most common stains, and although they're difficult to completely remove from clothes, it's not impossible. Who hasn't stained a piece of clothing with oil at some point or another? It has happened to all of us - we're eating and suddenly we accidentally drop a chip, a piece of meat, etc., into our laps, leaving us with a horrible oil stain. With the right products you can remove these stains and your favorite items will look as good as new again. In this oneHOWTO article we show you the most effective home tricks for removing oil stains from clothing.

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Use degreaser

There are specific products on the market to remove oil or grease stains from clothes. These degreasing agents act directly on the oil stain. Apply some degreaser to the oil stain, leave to work for a few minutes and then wash the garment as you normally do.

Use baby powder & cornstarch

If the oil stain is not very big, the first thing to do is try to remove as much of it as possible with a cloth or paper. Then cover the stain with an absorbent product. You can find absorbent products at your home: salt, baby powder, talc or corn starch powder. Press the product down with a spoon or another thing to keep it close to the clothes and help it absorb the oil. Leave it to act on the stain for two minutes to absorb it all.


Use laundry detergent

After two minutes, add a little laundry detergent and water to the absorbent product you used and gently rub until a foam is produced. Then, take a brush or old toothbrush and rub the stain in a circular motion. Then wash the oil-stained garment with detergent as you normally do.

Use washing-up liquid

For larger or more stubborn oil stains, if the above trick does not work, apply a few drops of washing-up liquid to the dry piece of clothing and let it sit. You can leave it overnight to absorb the oil stain well. Then wash the garment with detergent as normal. This trick can also be applied with soap powder.

When drying the garment, make sure to air dry it. The hot temperatures of the drying machine may set any left-over oil that may remain, making it even harder to remove.

Add alcohol

Alcohol of 90% volume or more is another of the most effective home remedies for stubborn oil stains. Apply a few drops of alcohol to the stain and let sit for two minutes. After this time, put the garment to soak in water and soap or detergent powder for ten minutes. Then wash the oil stained clothes by hand, rubbing gently with warm water. If the stain doesn't go away, repeat this step. Do not forget to wear latex or nitrile gloves.

If the stained garment is made from velvety fabrics such as suede or chamois, apply salt to the stain and leave for two to three hours. Then, grab a brush and rub gently, first in the direction of the hair and then in the other direction. Then wash the garment as you normally do.

Oil stains are hard to remove with a normal hand or machine wash, but if you try one of these household tricks, the oil stain is sure to disappear. Remember to carefully read the label for washing instructions before washing the garment, and act as soon as it happens. If you have an oil stain on your shoes, find out how to remove it here.

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  • Before trying any of these home tips, test the solution or remedy on a hidden part of the fabric to make sure it doesn't cause any damage.
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