Oil Stains Messing Up Your Home? These Easy Tricks Will Remove Them

Don’t panic you’ve accidentally spilled some oil over something. Use these tips to remove them easily.

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Stain Removal Tips

When you own a home, one of the major stain-causing substances is oil. Here are some common areas in your home that are most prone to oil stains, and some amazing tips to tackle them!

Use a dishwashing liquid or a shampoo as a pre-wash stain remover for clothes.

1) Oil Stain on the Carpet

Mix ¼-tsp. of a dishwashing liquid into 1-cup lukewarm water. Apply this mixture with a sponge directly on to the stain. Blot the affected area of the carpet until the oil stain is no longer visible.

2) Oil Stain on Clothes

Take a drop of dishwashing soap or shampoo on a clean dampened sponge as a pre-washing stain remover. Sponge the stain gently by using light strokes and working outward from the centre of the stain. This will help loosen the stain before the wash, making it easier for you to remove oil stains from clothes. If the stain still remains, grab a clean cloth or a paper towel and press the stain gently on both the sides to soak up the excess oil, and finally wash the clothing in your regular wash cycle.

3) Oil Stains in the Kitchen

For stains on granite or marble countertops, combine 1-cup of lukewarm water and 1-cup of baking soda in a bowl and make a paste. Apply the paste on to the stain, cover it with a plastic wrap, and tape down the edges. Let it sit for 2 days or overnight at least and then rinse off the paste. Repeat the process, if the stain isn’t completely gone.

4) Oil Stains on Cement Floors

Scrubbing the oil out will only make the stain bigger. The secret lies in absorbing the spill. Just sprinkle a layer of baby or talcum powder over the oil stain. Let it sit overnight. The next day, sweep away the powder or litter and use a paper towel to blot any residue. Now that you've drawn out as much oil from the floor as you can, apply a grease-cutting dishwashing liquid or a laundry detergent to the stain, and wash any discoloured area with a brush. Then, rinse with hot water and repeat, if necessary.

These tips are simple and easy. Try them out on your toughest oil stains today!

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