How can I remove oil stains from clothes

Oil can leave nasty stains on your clothes and are mostly difficult to remove. Especially when the oil has been smeared out, it might not be possible to get it all out. This article specifically aims at lubricating oil. In this article we answer the question: how can I remove oil stains from clothes?

Remove oil stains from clothes step by step

Step 1: Paper towel
You can remove oil stains in several ways. If the stain is still “fresh”, you can try to absorb as much oil as you can using a paper towel or toilet paper. Any absorbing material will do for that matter. Do not wrub, just let the paper absorb the oil.

Step 2: Remove the grease
Now it’s time for a solvent-based stain removal product like Vanish or Shout. Follow the instructions on the bottle or box in order to remove the stain appropriately.

Step 3: I do not have Vanish or Shout, what do I do now?
If you do not have Vanish or Shout, then you can also try and use dish washing detergent. Dish washing detergent breaks down the grease, quite similar to what Vanish and Shout does. Put a few drops of dish washing detergent on the stain and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Afterwards, rinse the stain with water. Repeat this process until the stain is almost gone. Does this method not give you any results? Try and mix the dish washing detergent with a bit of sugar. It is okay to rub gently. Do not rub to hard, because you might press the oil deeper into your clothes.

If this method does not work after three or four attempts, then you can try to use white spirit and salt. Poor a little salt over the stain and than dab the stain with the white spirit.

Step 4: Rinse and wash
When the stain is almost gone, rinse the item of clothing with cold water. Afterwards, wash it in your washing machine and you should be all set.

Do however mind that older oil stains might be more difficult to remove. Once the oil has settled on your clothes, it will be a difficult job to remove the stains.

We wish you the best of luck!

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