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Follow These Steps to Get Rid of Oil Stains from Your Clothes

Removing oil stains is an important skill you need to know for the care and maintenance of clothing. Use the steps given here to remove oil stains effortlessly and make your clothes last longer.

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When it comes to stains on your clothes, the faster you treat them, the better it is. However, before starting with any curative measure, always ensure that you’ve read the care label on your garment properly. Do not toss your garment in the washing machine with the oil spill left untreated. Treat the stain before you put it for wash. 

To remove oil stains from your clothes efficiently, follow the steps given here. 

Step 1: Blot with Paper Towel

Act swiftly. Before the oil gets absorbed into the fabric, blot the oil using a paper towel. Do not rub, as doing this could spread the oil and lead to a more prominent stain. 

Step 2: Sprinkle Absorbent Substance

Cover the stained area entirely with an absorbent substance like talcum powder, baby powder or cornstarch. It will absorb the oil from the fabric and prevent it from leaving a stain. Leave it overnight on delicate garments. Once the oil has dried up, brush off the powder using an old toothbrush. 

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Step 3: Treat with Dishwashing Liquid

Add 2 drops of dishwashing liquid to a bowl of water. Mix well. We recommend Vim, as it is a liquid dish wash that’s easily available in the market. Treat the stained area with the dishwashing solution. Scrub the stain using an old toothbrush. The cleaning agent in the dishwashing liquid will lift the stain. Make sure you do not scrub your delicate garments too vigorously. You can also use laundry detergent to treat the oil stain if required. 

Step 4: Blot with Cotton Cloth

Dampen a clean cotton cloth and wipe off the soapy solution from the garment. The oil stain should have disappeared. Let the stained area dry. 

Step 5: Wash Your Clothing

Wash your garment as per the instructions on the care label. In case of expensive clothes, it’s best to dry-clean them. 

That’s it! Getting rid of oil stains from your clothes is easier than you think. 

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