Oil stains are easy to make, and (fortunately) just as easy to remove. This step-by-step guide provides instructions for getting oil out from your dry clean, delicate, and everyday clothing, along with general tips on both home remedies and commercial products.
Oil Stains on Clothes: General Tips
- Act quickly. The faster you start working on a stain, the easier it will be to remove. Even a few hours can make a big difference, and waiting a few days to treat a grease stain can be disastrous.
- Read the garment care label first. Before you do anything, always check first to see what the clothing manufacturer advises. Hot water is generally best for removing oil stains, but first, make sure that hot water will not damage your fabric by checking the garment care label. Take care when handling hot water to avoid causing any injury.
- Never machine-dry clothing before an oil stain has been removed. The high heat of the dryer will cause an oil stain to set in the fabric, so check your clothing carefully before you put it in a machine dryer.
- Blot the stain gently first to remove excess grease. Use a tissue, paper towel, or cotton swab to press gently against the stain on both sides of the fabric. Do not rub at the stain – just soak up the excess oil.
How to Clean an Oil Stain on Clothes: Everyday Fabrics
For everyday, non-delicate clothing, there are a number of easy commercial and home remedies that can help you remove grease stains.
- Commercial stain removers and laundry detergents are specially designed to work on grease and oil stains. Pre-treat the stain first with OMO Liquid detergent, allow it to soak for at least 30 minutes and rub away at the stain under a stream of hot water, before machine-washing according to the garment care label.
- Dishwashing soap cuts through grease on your dirtiest dishes, so many people recommend it to treat grease spots on your everyday clothes. Use hot water and ideally a colourless dishwashing soap. Cover the stain in the dishwashing soap, and use an old, clean toothbrush in circular motions to gently rub the soap into the stain.
- Afterwards, rinse the soap out with vinegar or hot water. If the stain persists, you may need to repeat the soaping and rinsing of the stain.
- Once the stain has been visibly removed, toss the clothes into your washing machine and wash it at the highest heat possible, according to the garment care tag.
How to Clean Oil Stains on Clothes: Delicate Garments
Delicate fabrics may be damaged if you rub away at any stains. Thankfully, here are a few handy tips to help you with your delicates, including Abayas.
- Some commercial stain remover products or laundry detergents can be used on delicate clothing, too. Read the instructions to find out.
- Another good solution is to cover the stain fully with talcum powder, baby powder, or corn starch.
- Let the garment stay like that in a warm place (but not under direct heat) for a few hours or even overnight. The warm temperature will cause the powder to absorb the oil from the fabric.
- Brush away the powder. If the grease stain is still there, repeat.
- Afterwards, wash the clothing according to the garment care label.
How to Remove Oil From Clothes Requiring Dry Cleaning
If your clothing requires dry cleaning, it’s advised you take it to a dry cleaner as soon as possible. Before you reach the dry cleaners, try sprinkling the stain first with an absorbent (talcum powder, baby powder, or corn starch). This may make it easier for the dry cleaner to remove the stain — or it may remove the stain all together, saving you a trip to the dry cleaners.
The above tips should make it simple for you to remove oil stains after an accident — keeping your clothes looking fresh and spotless, and your laundry regime hassle-free.