- Use talcum powder or cornflour to loosen set-in stains.
- Create a paste from washing-up liquid and baking soda.
- Try using laundry detergent like Persil as a pre-treatment.
- Don’t use detergent on delicate materials like wool.
- Always follow care label instructions to wash your clothes.
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How to get car oil out of clothes using washing-up liquid
Have you read our article on how to clean your motorcycle? Working on cars and motorcycles can be a messy job. Whether you’ve worked on the engine or simply been cleaning it up, and want to know how to get engine oil out of clothes, washing-up liquid is a great choice. This method works well on fresh grease stains.
- Make a paste from washing-up liquid and baking soda to increase their grease-busting properties. You can use an old toothbrush to scrub the stain with the paste. Avoid using too much washing-up liquid: you only need a drop to break down any oil and grease.
- Rinse the stain using cool water, running the water from the back of the stain out to prevent pushing the stain further into the fibres.
- Follow the care label instructions to wash your clothes as normal.
- Leave the garment to air-dry, as air-drying allows you to keep an eye on the area to see if the stain reappears. Heat will also set any stains in the fabric, so it’s best to avoid the tumble dryer.
- Use a little talcum powder or cornflour for a dried-in grease or oil stain. Leave it for around five minutes to absorb excess grease, then brush it off.